John Andrew Ford are proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of Ponsonby Rugby Club for the 2018 Season. Ponsonby Rugby Club are the Auckland Union's oldest and most successful rugby club. A club with a strong tradition and a commitment to fostering young rugby talent. Here at John Andrew Ford we are proud to be able to support such a great Auckland institution!
Our vision is that ‘’all young people are confident contributors to New Zealand life’’ and we enact this through our Mission of ‘‘transforming young lives forever’’.
Twenty-one years ago, following a trip to the Arctic, founders Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson were inspired to set up Project K – the seedling initiative that has grown into the Graeme Dingle Foundation. The poverty and societal dysfunction they witnessed in some Arctic communities made them thankful to be Kiwis.
However, upon their return to New Zealand, they recognised that in fact our statistics in similar areas were nothing to write home about – actually some of the worst in the OECD. This is when they decided to set out to make a difference.
Despite the lucky privilege of living in one of the world’s most beautiful places, there is an underbelly of suffering that many never get to see. There are thousands and thousands of New Zealand kids who are bullied, depressed, who lack confidence, or who are vulnerable. We aim to treat the causes of this suffering, not the symptoms; helping transform and guide these precious young lives towards a positive future.
The Graeme Dingle Foundation’s objective is to have our young people transition through our sequenced programmes from age 5 through to 18 as a transformational journey that sets them up with a strong platform for adult life and a career. Our proven programmes include Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator, Project K and MYND.
We believe it is important that we not only do good, but we can prove the difference we make. Our programmes all transform lives and are informed by best practice research. With our University research partners we know our programmes improve attitudes and behaviour, improve academic results, help young people set and achieve goals, boost self-confidence, reduce truancy rates and at risk behaviours such as substance abuse.
Through these community-focused, life changing, role modelling and mentoring programmes, our young people develop life skills and confidence – empowered to find their purpose and direction in life. Since 1995 we’ve had almost 200,000*young people through our programmes and are now helping nearly 21,000 children nationally – and around half of that in Auckland alone - each year to become their own heroes.