2017 a great year for Graeme Dingle Foundation Wellington Region students

Published Dec. 13, 2017, 1:54 p.m.

Almost 800 Porirua and Hutt school students have completed Graeme Dingle Foundation life-skills programmes in Porirua and Hutt schools during 2017.

Said Graeme Dingle Foundation Wellington Region Trust chair, Peter Irwin: “It’s been a great year for our students and our trust.

“We began the year with the Prime Minister launching new Kiwi Can programmes in three Porirua schools: Windley, Maraeroa and Bishop Viard College. That meant we could enhance the lives of up to 600 5-12 year olds.

“It also meant we could employee two new programme coordinators, both Porirua-based.

“We completed a successful Project K programme in Sacred Heart College, Hutt City, had a student receive a national Project K excellence award and graduated 190 students from our Stars programmes in Mana and Bishop Viard colleges in Porirua.

“For our national trust, the exciting news was the knighting of our founder, Sir Graeme Dingle, for services to young Kiwis.

“For our Wellington region trust, the most important development was the appointment of Dave Thompson as our new General Manager. More about Dave below.

“This year we were blessed with significant sponsorship from great Wellington companies and philanthropists, who care deeply about bettering the lives of our young people. We pay tribute to them in a story below.

“Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has helped us this year. From the schools, the parents, mentors, our generous sponsors and not least our wonderful, dedicated staff and committed trustees.

“It will be hard to top 2017, but we’re going to give it a good crack. Wishing you all a safe and restful break over Christmas, and looking forward to seeing you next year.”