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.
Tony has worked for over 20 years in the Coal, Aluminium and Resource Recovery Industries as a Senior Project Manager. A Newcastle local, Tony has stated he is fortunate enough to now be at a time in his life to give back, and the Sione’s Foundation truly values his experience in project management with their aid missions.
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.
As the Co-Founder and Business Manager of Lake Macquarie Sailing Tours and an experienced professional working in communications, marketing and fundraising for various NGOs, Jared is highly passionate about alleviating issues of poverty and helping communities to thrive.
Maria Paula Cardoso
Maria is a Colombian lawyer and professional in sociocultural studies with a passion for education. She has experience working in legal services and project management to develop various educational initiatives for different communities with a variety of sociocultural backgrounds.