About Sione’s Foundation
For over three years, Sione’s Foundation has conducted aid missions to support our brothers and sisters in Tonga. Our goal is to build an Excellence Sporting Facility to educate the children of Tonga in all areas of academics, as well as provide opportunity through a focussed sports program.
The Sione’s Foundation mission is to provide the Tongan community and its children with opportunity, through access to physical and mental health resources, education supplies and initiatives to improve living standards.
Every year, a group of passionate volunteers travel from Australia to the Kingdom of Tonga where they donate their time, energy and expertise to deliver sports, education, health, well-being and construction programs. Since our establishment in 2017, our volunteer base has grown to over 70 people who donate their time, energy and expertise to deliver sports, education, health, well-being and construction projects for the Tongan community. We are now aiming to conduct multiple aid missions every year to affect real positive change.
The vision of Sione’s Foundation is to help people within the Tongan community who are disadvantaged, marginalized or isolated and, support social opportunity, development and education in regional Tongan communities, and ultimately across the south pacific islands.
We aim to deliver this through several sustainable development goals including:
- Good Health and Wellbeing
- Quality Education
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Partnerships for the Goals
How We Got Started
Sione’s Foundation was born out the vision of one man and has grown with the help of many. We want every child and young person to have the opportunities in life that they deserve. Sione, with the help of his volunteer team, supporting businesses, the Tongan Government and the generosity of the Australian spirit are making this dream a reality. Since the Foundation’s inception in 2017, we have helped schools, sporting teams, hospitals, community centres and disability centres in Tonga.
Where We Are Now
Sione and the team provide sporting uniforms and equipment, building materials and hospital medical supplies on each of their aid missions to build the infrastructure to support opportunity. The Foundation conducts sports, well-being and fitness clinics with the local Tongan community, and has an ultimate goal of building an Excellence Sporting Facility that will provide education, opportunity, and a pathway for every child and young person to fulfil their dreams.
Creating opportunity for Tongan Children & their community since 2017
We’ve raised over $500,000 to improve the living standards and education opportunities for the children of Tonga and their community
Meet the Board
Sione was born in Viaola Hospital Tofoa, Tonga in 1979. After an eight year long career in professional Rugby League with the Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm, Manly Sea Eagles and finally the Newcastle Knights, he finished his last competition in Newcastle competition before retiring in 2010.
His dedication to bettering the lives of others has proven he is a gentle giant at heart. Sione, with the support of his wife Michelle, and three children Peni, Leiola and Isi started Sione’s Foundation in 2017, with one of the first major missions being the rebuild his old primary school, damaged by Cyclone Gita in 2018.
Angela is a Primary School teacher and Librarian of 20 years who loves working with children and pushing herself to do more and achieve more every day. She became involved in Sione’s Foundation in 2019 when she travelled to Tonga with 95 other volunteers. The experience made her passionate about the Foundation and the good that it can do in the Tongan community and here in our own country. She loves the challenge of planning successful events and has years of experience being a volunteer in organisations such as Starlight Children’s Foundation and Cancer Council Australia.
Dave is the Head of Technology at Newcastle Permanent and has over twenty years’ experience in IT and project delivery positions working within the Telecommunications and Finance sectors in Australia.
Jay is a highly experienced Housing Manager with a successful history of working in the non-profit organisation management industry, specialising in Youth development.
Kara is an Office Administrator for the Department of Education with a passion for making a difference. I have known Sione for many years and find it very rewarding to be able to give my time to a charity that makes such a difference to the people of Tonga.