Bank staff fund boosts mentoring programme

02:31, Oct 30 2012
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Mentoring programme Big Brothers Big Sisters received $3000 from the ANZ Staff Foundation. ANZ's Joanne Nicholson presents the money to programme manager Senior Constable Paul Lampe.

Taranaki's mentoring programme Big Brothers Big Sisters has received a cash injection from the ANZ bank.

The ANZ Staff Foundation donated $3000 to the organisation after receiving a nomination from New Plymouth personal banker, Joanne Nicholson.

Mrs Nicholson said she decided to voice her support for Big Brothers Big Sisters after a customer recommended the charity's work to her.

"We chose to support them because it's such a good cause for the youth of Taranaki. Every ANZ staff member has the opportunity to put a few dollars into the foundation, and it's a good feeling for them too," she said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters programme manager Senior Constable Paul Lampe, who accepted the donation, was thrilled with the extra money - which will fund a parenting course for mums with children in the programme.

"It will put mums in an environment with like-minded women, and help build their self esteem and increase their confidence," Mr Lampe said.

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The organisation, whose Taranaki branch started in 2007 with only seven children, had now grown to a programme with over 100 volunteers across the region.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nationwide programme which formed in 1996 and teams up professionally trained adult mentors with young people who need a reliable role model.

Mr Lampe said after a recent article on male mentors, five more men had come forward.

Jimmy Hick is a Witt journalism student

Taranaki Daily News