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A group of former South Auckland kids and those with ties to the community has set up The Rising Foundation to assist at-risk-youth to develop to their full potential.

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Feedback from Papakura High School Principal
Kia ora John I thought I would get in touch to give you a little feedback on the impact that the Rising Foundation is having on some of the students in the programme. We are currently conducting our interviews for our head prefects for 2020. This is quite a challenging process as the candidates we are [...] Read more
The AM Show
Fisher and Paykel is a household name to us all, whether it's the logo on the dishwasher, or washing machine or the latest kids' toy. John Bongard was the head of that very company, leaving in 2009 after a monumental 36-year career to beat cancer and spend more time giving back to his family and [...] Read more
Under The Bridge
“Under the Bridge” is a documentary and accompanying feature-length article following three students at Papakura High School through their final year of study – as well as their charismatic new principal John Rohs working to turn the school around. It examines the impact of disadvantage on education, and the legacy of Tomorrow’s Schools, as well [...] Read more
The Rising Foundation has partnered with the new "EasyGiving" app to make it easier for people to donate.  These days not many people carry cash and when asked to donate money at fundraising events or street appeals we often hear "sorry no cash".  This new app will now enable you to donate through your mobile [...] Read more
Simply Nigella
The Rising Foundation Trust was selected by DUCO Events as the recipient of the charity auction at the “Simply Nigella” Dinner which was held on the 25th of January at The Langham Hotel. Representatives from each school welcomed Nigella into the event with a haka and powhiri. Each student represented The Rising Foundation with pride [...] Read more
The Prime Minister Visits The Rising Foundation

Newsletter Pukekohe High School

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Feleti and Grace Graduate
On Wednesday the 3rd of June 2015, both Feleti Lotulelei and Grace Rawiri graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (Biculturalism in Practice) Level 7 from Te Wananga o Aotearoa. John and Diane Bongard and Richard Jeffery - Trustees of The Rising Foundation - sponsored Feleti and Grace through their 3 years at University. During [...] Read more
Papakura High School Letters

3rd June 2015 Peter Heron Principal Papakura High Letter June 2015 29th August 2014 Peter Heron Principal Papakura High Letter

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Rosehill College Newsletter

13 February 2015 Issue No. 3 From the Principal Tena koutou katoa Sue Blakely, Principal …………… It was with great pleasure this week that we signed a partnering agreement with the Rising Foundation, and welcome Gideon Rihari as our Rising Foundation Youth Worker. The Rising Foundation was set up by John Bongard and a group [&hellip

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Recipe for success

Papakura Courier 1st May 2013 by Dubby Henry Gordon Ramsay will be keeping in touch with the South Auckland foundation that brought him to Papakura last week and will be getting “progress reports” on the students he met. The British celebrity chef made the promise during a heart-to-heart with students from South Auckland schools during [&hellip

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Games dream comes true

Papakura Courier June 4th 2014 Hard work, determination and kid-glove handling are paying off for a rising amateur boxer who has more medals in his sights. Nineteen-year-old Papakura heavyweight Patrick Mailata has been named in the New Zealand boxing squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow along with six other Kiwis. The former Papakura [&hellip

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CEO Gives Back to Help Kids

Manukau Courier Article January 2014by Scott Morgan   Leaving the high pressure corporate world wasn’t a hard decision for former Fisher & Paykel chief executive John Bongard.  Being diagnosed with prostate cancer meant he had to get away from the strain of leadership if he was going to beat the disease.  “There’s no doubt cancer [&hellip

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CEO for four decades changes tack after cancer

John Bongard, Chair The Rising Foundation with Murray Linn of BEKO Appliances Australia and Les Richard TRF Team Leader  John Bongard felt healthy and competent as the high-flying chief executive of appliance giant Fisher & Paykel, when he was struck down with an insidious illness six years ago. “Like most men in their mid-fifties I [&hellip

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Antony Kapeli-Sua and Gordon Ramsay

Hard work, perseverance and a whole lot of love has earned a South Auckland teen an internship with superstar chef Gordon Ramsay. Antony Kapeli-Sua impressed Ramsay when the famously foul-mouthed chef visited Auckland during a fundraiser for The Rising Foundation last year. Kapeli- Sua’s school, Papakura High, has been supported by the charity and the [&hellip

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New Year Honours 2014: Raelene Castle

Trustee The Rising Foundation Trust: Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to sport and business Raelene Castle thought hard before accepting the honour. Ask Raelene Castle about her New Year honour and it’s easy to see why she has quickly garnered respect in what was once a boy’s club. The boss [&hellip

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NRL Auckland Nines

The Rising Foundation was appointed as the official charity recipient of the NRL Auckland Nines tournament since 2014. The Rising Foundation collects donations at Eden Park over the two day tournament and sells programmes. An online auction is also held over the week prior to the event with, 100% of the auction proceeds going to [&hellip

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Elocal Magazine

The following article appeared in Elocal Magazine – Edition Nov 2014 The Rising Foundation – “A home-grown idea that works” by Tony Edmonds

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NZ Police Letter

To view the NZ Police letter, please click here

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