Big leap raises funds for young tamariki

by | Dec 14, 2023

Tino kino te pai (well done) to Brad Ward Able and Mark Vaughan from the Mitre 10 support centre who bravely leapt off Auckland’s Sky Tower on Thursday 16th of November.

The two participated in the annual Drop Your Boss event, which raises funds for Mitre 10 New Zealand’s partners – the Graeme Dingle Foundation. 

Not only did they exceed their fundraising targets of $1,000, but along with other ‘Droppers’ on the day, raised over $80,000 for young tamariki (children) and building brighter futures. 

The jump resulted in a vastly different afternoon for the pair, who typically have risk-avoidance and analytical roles at Mitre 10. Brad is the Head of Digital Security and Risk at the Mitre 10 support centre, while Mark is the Head of Customer Insights. 

The Graeme Dingle Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of New Zealand’s youth, running transformative programmes that build confidence, nurture resilience, and develop core life skills to set them on a path to success.

According to research, for every dollar invested in the Foundation, $7.80 is returned to the New Zealand economy through various means. These include a reduction in the costs of crime, an increase in the likelihood of young people finding better-paying employment and a decrease in the number of young people dependent on benefits.


Mitre 10 New Zealand is grateful to both Brad and Mark for going above and beyond – literally. They did a great job creating awareness of the event and raising funds. A big thank you also went out to those who donated.