Monday, 25th February, 2019

Sir Graeme Dingle KNZM MBE and Jo-Anne Wilkinson MNZM, LLB, Lady Dingle, will be in Timaru next week on Wednesday 27th February speaking at the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After 5.

Sir Graeme will talk about the Graeme Dingle Foundation, a charity he and Jo-anne established in 1995.

Over twenty years ago, Sir Graeme Dingle and Jo-Anne Wilkinson, Lady Dingle had a vision to improve New Zealand’s negative youth statistics. The charity has been a leader in positive child and youth development and currently work with over 27,000 five to 18 year olds throughout New Zealand.

Together they continue to be relentless campaigners, supporters, fundraisers and champions of the charity’s quest to help young New Zealanders achieve their potential.

“Many of our young South Cantabrians have benefited from the Kiwi Can programme run in our schools, so if you want to find out more about how you can support these initiatives and come along to the Business After 5, please contact the Chamber of Commerce” said Wendy Smith.

The event will also feature a fundraiser auctioning off Tom Walsh’s gold medal winning singlet from the 2018 Commonwealth Games.  Supported by Sanford’s and Timaru Girls High this is an event not to be missed. 

About Graeme Dingle Foundation

  • The Graeme Dingle Foundation is a child youth charity named in recognition of Kiwi adventurer Sir Graeme Dingle who founded the not-for-profit organisation with his partner Jo-anne Wilkinson in 1995.

  • A 2013 report found that investing $1 in the Foundation returns an average of $7.15 to NZ*.

  • Over twenty years ago, Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson had a vision to improve New Zealand’s negative youth statistics. The charity has helped over 200,000** young Kiwis be more confident, find purpose and direction, and achieve success.

  • The Graeme Dingle Foundation continues to run school-based programmes for over 27,000 Kiwis aged between 5 and 18 – Kiwi Can, Stars, Career Navigator and Project K, along with MYND (an Auckland based programme for youth offenders). These initiatives aim to broaden horizons, offer opportunities and give young people the chance to become the next generation of successful parents, leaders and business people.

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* Infometrics Report – Growing Great Futures – Whakatipu Tamariki Ora found that every dollar invested in Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes results in an average long term benefit to New Zealand of an estimated $7.15.
**Based on the total of annual participant numbers since inception