Profits from the sale of two houses – one in Hamilton and one in Pukekohe – have been donated by construction company G.J. Gardner to Big Buddy, a New Zealand charity that partners fatherless boys with positive male role models.

The company has been a partner of Big Buddy since 2015, and it was G.J. Gardner’s Franklin/Papakura and Hamilton/Waikato franchises that made the decision to build and sell two houses to support the charity. Big Buddy will be using the money to help with the cost of their new offices in South Auckland and Waikato. 

While the details are still being confirmed, as the Pukekohe house is under conditional sale, it looks like G.J. Gardner will be donating upwards of $280,000 to Big Buddy as a result of the auctions. 

G.J. Gardner Homes National Franchisee, Ellie Porteous says, “We are thrilled with the result and know that Big Buddy are too. The auctions created a great opportunity for our local franchises to get on board with supporting a charity that we have chosen to support at head office level and they have done an amazing job.”

The project was 12 months in the making and a long list of suppliers and local trades helped to keep the costs down to ensure the profits were high. This included donations and reduced costs from Huntly Joinery, who donated the windows and kitchens, and Harcourt’s in Hamilton and Barfoot and Thompson in Pukekohe, who marketed the properties pro bono.

Big Buddy Chair and Trustee Travis Field says, “We are blown away by the donation; not only was it huge in terms of the money donated, but also in regard to time and energy invested from a massive group of people. From the builders and other trades to the real estate agents, to the franchisees, to the suppliers – everyone has done what they can to give fatherless boys an opportunity to be mentored.”

Big Buddy has opened new branches in South Auckland and Hamilton based on the relationship with G.J. Gardner Homes. The proceeds will not only cover these intended costs, but will also enable the organisation to increase the number of Big Buddies available to boys in these two areas. They add to the already established branches in Auckland and Wellington; staff plan for further expansion into other regions in the not-too-distant future.

“The partnership with the team at G.J. Gardner is built on a shared desire to make a meaningful difference in our community,” said Paul Burns, CEO of Big Buddy. “The generosity of G.J. Gardner and their supplier partners means that our team at Big Buddy can continue the great work we have started in South Auckland and Hamilton. A young boy with a positive male role model in his life will have better self-confidence and a willingness to try new things.

“The Little Buddies are between seven and 14 years of age and are more receptive to the academic and social challenges that are part of everyday school life. They are more engaged with their learning and make a more constructive and positive contribution to their classes and schools.”


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