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South Auckland fundraiser rising

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October 2011: A recent fundraiser for South Auckland Youth initiative The Rising Foundation attracted more than a few appliance industry heavy hitters...

Boasting the presence of such as Brett O’Neill and our own Simon Little, to name a few. Not surprising perhaps, with names like John Bongard, the August function raised just over $30,000.

Explains Bongard: “The programme costs us just under $1,000 per year per kid so we have ensured at least another 35 kids for all of next year at least!” Because The Rising Foundation has no direct paid employees, any money raised goes directly to the kids for use on the programme itself.

The Rising Foundation is about “Unlocking the Potential of South Auckland Youth” and it is constantly networking with local business people to offer selected students training, apprenticeship and career opportunities.