Graeme Dingle Foundation Southern Strengthens Community Engagement with New Advisory

Source: Southland Express, Pg.10 


The Southern Graeme Dingle Foundation, renowned for its unwavering commitment to transforming the lives of Southland and New Zealand children, is proud to announce a significant advancement in 2024. In response to the evolving needs of our community, the Foundation is opening its doors to establish an advisory committee aimed at fostering meaningful community engagement.

For years, the Foundation has been steadfast in its dedication to empowering Southland children through in-class delivery. However, in light of the increasingly challenging economic climate and the emergence of more complex youth-related issues, the Foundation is more resolute than ever in ensuring that Southland children receive the essential support needed to achieve their goals and become confident, value-driven individuals.

Trustee Carla Forbes emphasises the importance of this strategic shift, stating, “Community engagement is paramount for the Graeme Dingle Foundation to effectively cater to the needs of our children. By inviting an advisory committee to collaborate with us, we are ensuring active and meaningful engagement with the Southland community.”

Alison Cook, Trustee and Principal of Fernworth School, underscores the pivotal role of the Graeme Dingle Foundation within schools, affirming, “The Graeme Dingle Foundation plays an indispensable role in our schools, adding value to our children’s lives and equipping them with essential life skills. Its presence is invaluable in shaping confident and resilient individuals.”

The Foundation acknowledges the positive impact of community involvement and underscores the importance of maintaining strong connections. By extending invitations to join the advisory committee, the Graeme Dingle Foundation aims to bolster its ties with the community, thereby ensuring the continuous enrichment of Southern children’s lives.

ILT Marketing Executive Angee Shand commended the Foundation for their engagement initiative.

‘Putting a group together to focus on connection and relationships is a great step as we know that fostering social engagement and connecting with our community is paramount for charitable organisations. Actively engaging with our community will not only raise awareness about their cause but also build meaningful relationships to fuel their mission and amplify its impact’, said Shand

One of the Foundation’s standout features is its long-term relationship with youth, accompanying them throughout their educational journey. The trust prioritises the effective utilisation of funds, ensuring that every dollar is directed towards delivering impactful programs that empower Southern youth.

“We squeeze every cent and put it into delivery for our youth,” expresses Trust Chair Michael Lee “We are excited to welcome an advisory group to support our community engagement, visibility, and relationships. These aspects are vital, and we have an incredible community of supporters whom we want to actively engage with and acknowledge for their invaluable contributions.”

The Graeme Dingle Foundation is dedicated to nurturing strong relationships within the community, and we look forward to leveraging the expertise and support of the advisory committee to further our mission of empowering Southland children.

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