22/09/2015 - Z updates
Fourteen neighbourhood groups have been ‘supercharged’, which means they’ll be able to do even more of the things that really matter in their local communities with their share of $250,000, thanks to our Good in the Hood initiative.
The 14 groups were supported in Good in the Hood this year at local service stations, and were then selected for Supercharger based on voting by Z customers and our frontline staff.
We asked Kiwis to have their say about how the extra $250,000 was allocated, too, and they were more than happy to tell us what they thought, posting hundreds of comments on z.co.nz, where the groups shared video pitches saying what they’d do with extra funding.
A panel of people from across Z, led by our Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, made the final – and very hard! – decisions around how to allocate the $250,000, with each group receiving at least $5,000.
The Child Cancer Foundation was a top favourite, with five of its branches selected across the country. They have received $60,000 to establish a pilot programme to help newly diagnosed children keep in touch with their families, classmates and teachers.
Our Supercharger funding will enable the Child Cancer Foundation to purchase tablets loaded with specially-designed apps to help children undergoing cancer treatment in Auckland and Christchurch to understand what they are going through, and to stay connected with their school, family and friends at home — which in most instances is in another town or city.
We were also able to do even more good for two groups that were looking for Supercharger funding to buy vehicles by partnering with Toyota New Zealand, who contributed significantly to help both Sweet Louise to get a nurse on the road in Palmerston North and the Disabled Citizens Society in Otago to purchase a van to move around equipment needed for its work and training centre.
The Supercharger groups are among hundreds across New Zealand to be part of Z’s Good in the Hood programme this year. Those groups have already shared in close to $1 million — with $4,000 divided between four neighbourhood groups at each of our Z service stations across the country, depending on how our customers voted in store during May.
Another $1,000 per station has also been set aside for our local Z retailers to support other neighbourhood groups and projects throughout the year.
For a full list of Supercharger results visit z.co.nz/goodinthehood.
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