Local celebrities turned out in force to support telco provider CallPlus’ annual charity golf day, helping fundraise $31,935 for Great Potentials and its MATES program.
Outrageous Fortune and Sione’s Wedding co-creator James Griffin, actor Peter Elliot, former All Black Richard Turner and ex-Silver Fern Tania Dalton came down to the Omaha Beach Golf course on Thursday to test out their golfing skills and help raise cash for the foundation.
Marking the fifth consecutive year CallPlus has hosted the event, funds raised go directly towards MATES, the Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme operating in 15 schools throughout the greater Auckland region.
Dame Lesley Max, the founder and CEO of the foundation, says commercial support is crucial for the charity as it enables them to operate within the community, providing resources to help young people and families flourish.
“This donation is gratefully received and will go a long way in helping us support and educate those who need a hand-up," she says.
"We do it through programmes designed to educate, mentor and support children and young people in their primary, secondary and into their tertiary years.
“We are looking to take the MATES programme nationwide; however, there are significant financial hurdles to overcome before we can make this happen.
"These funds take us a few steps closer, and is motivation for us to keep doing what we do best – supporting young people and their families."
CallPlus GM Kelvin Hussey says this is a great opportunity for the company and clients to collectively show support for a charity that is striving to make a difference within the community.
“Each year we are overwhelmed by the support and willingness of our clients and this year it was superb to see celebrities at the course getting behind Great Potentials," he adds.
"Great Potentials run a number of programmes to help New Zealand youth get both feet firmly on the ground.
"Its mission is to work for and with children, young people and families to reduce disparities in New Zealand society, reduce crime, and help them realise their potential."