Bank staff fund boosts mentoring programme

JIMMY HICK
Last updated 05:00 30/10/2012
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JIMMY HICK
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.

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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.

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

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