Graeme Dingle Foundation

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.

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Camp Quality

Camp Quality are dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to the lives of children aged 5 to 16 living with cancer, their families and communities, through provision of high quality recreational experiences.

Their goal is to provide fun and comradeship combined with achievable challenges to encourage the children to focus on the positive aspects of their lives.

Camp Quality passionately believe in the power of fun to help children and their families overcome the challenges that cancer brings.

Each year, week long residential programmes in five locations throughout New Zealand are put on for the Camp Quality children. A safe and secure environment is provided by one-on-one supportive Companions and committed, well trained staff on all of the camping activities.

John Andrew Ford have been involved with Camp Quality for the past two years. In March 2011, John Andrew Ford hosted a Camp Quality Gala Dinner and Auction at the dealership, where over 200 people come along for a three course meal and to bid on some incredible auction items, all to raise money for Camp Quality. Just over $61,000 was raised for Camp Quality from the Gala Dinner and Auction which is an amazing achievement.


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Contact:Geoff Barnett, Camp Manager
Mobile:+64 21 927 402

Ponsonby Rugby Club

John Andrew Ford are proud sponsors of Ponsonby Rugby Club. 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. This year the club are celebrating their 140th year! Here at John Andrew Ford we are proud to be able to support such a great Auckland institution!


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