Entrepreneur and Global Leader Anna Mowbray Joins Line-up of Fearless Leaders Supporting Aotearoa’s Youth

Anna Mowbray

This November, Graeme Dingle Foundation is hosting ‘Drop Your Boss’, an annual fundraiser event in its eighth year which supports the ongoing running of youth development programmes.

The Foundation, which works alongside over 22,000 tamariki and rangatahi across the country, invites bosses to partake in the event by fundraising a personal goal of $1,000 and taking a fearless leap off Auckland’s Sky Tower bungy. This year, AJ Hackett Bungy is allowing their iconic bungy platform to remain open at night so that 100 individuals can take the 192 metre leap between 11am and 11pm.

Among the fearless droppers is talented entrepreneur and global business leader, Anna Mowbray. You may know her name as the Co-founder of toy giant ‘Zuru’, or perhaps from the recently published Business News article naming ‘10 of New Zealand’s most powerful women in business’. With these accolades and many career accomplishments, Mowbray recently decided it was time to take on a new challenge by supporting Aotearoa’s young people.

Sticking to her method of conquering obstacles head on, Mowbray states about the fundraiser “I feel completely petrified… but I’ll do it!” Later reflecting on the challenge she’d just signed up for, Mowbray said, “Oh no what have I gotten myself in for……eeeek. I am so nervous!”

Fresh off the back of launching ZEIL, her new jobseeker marketplace and ‘Tinder for jobs’, the Kiwi powerhouse has plenty on her plate. Graeme Dingle Foundation CEO Jo Malcolm-Black said Anna’s commitment has gone further than the ‘Drop Your Boss’ fundraiser.

“We are pleased to announce we have partnered with ZEIL simultaneously. Their team will be working with us to support CV creation for rangatahi through engaging with our Career Navigator programme, as well as supporting job advertising for our staff across the country. ZEIL has generously offered the Foundation free access to their job platform, allowing us as an employer to connect with more young talent”, she said.

“Anna is someone who has incredible dedication and demonstrates her resilience in overcoming obstacles in business, just like our programmes promote. She brings an authentic kiwi ingenuity, passion, and a never-give-up attitude making for an excellent role model for our students. We are thrilled to see her supporting our work and promoting Drop Your Boss” said Malcolm Black.

Drop Your Boss 2023 has a goal to engage 100 participants to collectively raise $100,000 for the youth programmes, and the ask is loud and clear. Sign up now to fundraise and take a leap for Aotearoa’s Youth.

“Sometimes it takes a leap of faith to do something extraordinary, so we are asking leaders and anyone invested in young people to jump with us – just like Anna is. It’s a fun adrenaline burst which might change the future for rangatahi. We are over halfway to our goal but still need 40 more droppers: nominate your boss today, or if you can’t convince your boss to drop, make sure you donate on Anna’s public Givealittle page instead” said Malcolm- Black.

Keen participants can register for Drop Your Boss 2023 here.

For more information, please contact Event Manager Monique Sanna – Monique.Sanna@dinglefoundation.org.nz

About the event
When: 16th November 2023 – 11am to 11pm
Where: Sky Tower, Auckland
What: Drop Your Boss is a unique, FUNdraiser which challenges Business Leaders to Drop off Auckland’s tallest building and raise funds for our young people.
Why: Our tamariki and rangatahi have had to overcome many obstacles in this ever-changing world. At the Graeme Dingle Foundation, we arm these young people with the tools to overcome these adversities. We’re asking bosses across Auckland to accept their own challenge, go outside their comfort zone and take part in Drop Your Boss 2023

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