Undaunted by the challenges of living with his own Type 1 diabetes, Andrew Good leads the Diabetes Youth Camp helping diabetic kids to safely push themselves, gain independence and not be defined by their disease.
Pataua South local Joelene Busby is one of the most humble and selfless human beings you’ll ever meet. Aunty Joe (as she’s known) is passionate about reconnecting children with their Māori culture and educating them in the cultural mores of Māoridom.
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have". For the Davies family of Tapanui, never a truer statement was made. The Davies family are a very caring, loving family, who’ve managed to continue to help the community they love even while going through their son Jock’s battle with leukaemia.
Our very first ASB Good as Gold for 2019 is the one and only Trish Andrews aka 'Mrs Graffiti' from Timaru. Trish is a local hero delivering Meals on Wheels, being part of the Community Watch and helping keep Timaru graffiti free.
ASB Good as Gold recipient, Jackie Passi is one heck of a woman! She's a teacher and dean at Waitakere College, but it’s her after school work that she does with Pillars, Tula’I Pasifika and many other organisations that makes her truly incredible.
We have all known sadness. This week's ASB Good as Gold recipient, Beula Thomas, has had more than her fair share but she's used her experiences to help others with her charity Brave Hearts – making gift bags for parents in Wellington's Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
Meet this week's ASB Good as Gold recipient, Afife Harris of Dunedin. Afife is a force of nature, tireless in her passion and determination to help people new to New Zealand settle into her adopted homeland. Watch us as we give her the surprise of her life!
Not all superheroes wear capes, sometimes it's the unassuming neighbour who is the biggest hero of them all. Meet this week's ASB Good as Gold winner, Noel Kelly, a 94 year old superhero who doesn't wear a cape.
With the red jumper, the beard (although it needs to turn white), and delivering thousands of gifts a year, Pera Barrett is Wellington's very own Santa. Pera is the driving force behind Wellington Shoebox Christmas, an initiative that delivers Christmas presents to kids in schools and Women's Refuge centres who might otherwise go without. He started delivering the presents to one school and now delivers to 35 schools in the Wellington region. Watch as we surprise him with his own bit of ASB Good as Gold magic.
Get ready to be introduced to one incredible young woman! Leah Stewart is one of the kindest and most selfless young women you will ever meet. At just 23, she has been helping for years to care for her best friend Alicia, who has Cerebral Palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. With Leah's support and motivation; Alicia has challenged the boundaries of her physical abilities, from bungee jumping to world travel.
Gale Gordon has one of the biggest hearts in the Bay of Plenty community. Over the years Gale has looked after 52 children, while also bringing up her own 4 children. She also looks after everyone from young mothers to the elderly.
Lauren Hope lives her life inspiring the students of Ngunguru School to care for our planet with her Earth Ed programme. Now, as she faces her own struggle with Motor Neurone disease, her students and her community want to show her how much she is cared for. They asked us to help.
Netball is more than a game to this week's ASB Good as Gold winner, Rua Hagan. For the last 30+ years, Rua has been coaching netball in Dunedin, bringing people, young and old together and making them believe in themselves. Watch as we surprise her with a little ASB Good as Gold magic.
A few years ago at 15, Marina broke her neck, resulting in her becoming paralyzed from the chest down. Through all of this, Marina's positive spirit, courage and determination to recover has meant that she's made improvements that no one ever thought possible. Watch as we surprise her with a little ASB Good as Gold magic.
Clive Gregory is a legend within the Great Barrier Island community. He's that person that if you ever need a favour or help, he'll drop everything to be there. He's also the type of bloke that always says 'no thanks required'. Well we reckon he deserves a giant thank you and that's why he's this week's ASB Good as Gold.
Achieving your fitness goals is one thing, but doing it for a great cause is something else. Dinnie Moeahu is one, incredible man who's been training from scratch to compete in the 2019 NZ Ironman and has his sights set on raising $80,000 for the Little Fighters Trust - a trust which raises money for families with a child or parent suffering life threatening illnesses
A mother's love means everything when you are battling illness and young Lucy Sharp knows this more than most. Watch as we surprise Lucy's mum, Donna, with a little ASB Good as Gold magic to help Lucy thank her Mum.
This week's ASB Good as Gold recipient is Mosgiel vet, Verona Mitchell. Verona donates her time, money and energy to help the Animal Rescue Centre in Dunedin, whilst working 6 days a week, and on call 24/7, in her own veterinarian practice. She has treated well over 2000 rescue animals since she volunteered her services. Watch us surprise her with a little ASB Good as Gold love in return for all her loving care!
A man of great heart and mana, Nick Tuiali'I is this week's ASB Good as Gold recipient. He has dedicated his life to caring for the students of Mount Roskill Grammar and the local community. After a lifetime of giving, we thought it was time for his generosity to be returned.
Parents will do anything to ensure their kids have the best start in life! This rings true for this week's ASB Good as Gold winner, Jani Alexander whose young daughter Lily was born with a rare genetic condition. To ensure that she has the best chance in life Jani has been on a mission to raise money for Lily's school, Woodlands Park, to support Lily and all the other kids that need extra support.
She's been to Sierra Leone to help with the outbreak of Ebola, Bangladesh for the refugee crisis and recently got back from Tonga after it was hit by the devastating tropical cyclone Gita. Donna Collins is an amazing woman who does as much as she can for other people. Not only does she work as a registered nurse/midwife at the Northland District Health Board, she also works as a nurse/midwife for the International Red Cross.
This week's ASB Good as Gold winner is Jill Hann, who started 'Need for a Feed', a community dinner initiative in Kaikoura for anyone that would like it. We agree with the locals that Kaikoura is extra special because of her giving and generous heart.
Reporoa couple, John and Jolene Guyton are not only parents to six kids and owners of a demanding dairy farm, but the pair provide unwavering support to their local primary school making sure the students and teachers have everything they need. To reward them for their work in the community we surprised John and Jolene with $10,000 to go towards a special family holiday.
Nominate Someone Special for an ASB Good as Gold Award
Do you know someone who has grabbed hold of life against the odds? Someone with a heart- warming story who's making a real difference? Someone who's had a bit of bad luck and needs a boost?
Click the button below to go through to the Seven Sharp page to share their story with us, tell us what ASB can do for them and they could be selected for an ASB Good as Gold surprise!