27/07/2015 - General News
Fourteen neighbourhood groups have been ‘supercharged’ for 2015 with a share of $250,000 from Z Energy.
The Good in the Hood Supercharger funding will deliver benefits in communities across New Zealand — from helping the Child Cancer Foundation launch a new programme to keep families in touch to getting a Sweet Louise nurse on the road in Palmerston North and opening a new clinic for victims of sexual assault in the Bay of Plenty.
The 14 worthy groups were supported this year through Z’s Good in the Hood programme and selected for Supercharger based on voting by Z customers and frontline staff at Z stations.
New Zealanders also had their say about how the money was allocated, posting hundreds of comments on the groups’ video pitches explaining what they’d do with extra funding at z.co.nz.
The decision on how to allocate the funding was made by a panel led by Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts, and including frontline service station staff and operators.
“The groups are all doing an incredible amount of good in our communities and they put forward some really compelling pitches to share in the funding,” Z’s Community Manager Christine Langdon said.
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 family, classmates and teachers.
Z 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’re thrilled that Good in the Hood Supercharger funding will enable 14 outstanding groups to do even more good in our local communities. For some of the groups it means they can do projects this year that they wouldn’t have had the funding to otherwise do,” says Christine.
“We’re also thrilled that we were able to partner with Toyota New Zealand to do even more good for two groups that were looking for Supercharger funding to buy vehicles.”
Toyota New Zealand has contributed significantly to help 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.
“We reckon that’s incredibly generous of Toyota and will make a huge difference for the groups and the people they work with.”
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 Z station, depending on how customers voted in Z stores during May.
Another $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local Retailers to support other neighbourhood groups and projects throughout the year.
The 14 Supercharged groups are:
|Blind Foundation||Auckland||$18,000||Guide dog centre upgrade|
|Coastguard Hibiscus||Auckland||$10,000||Towards floating dock purchase|
|Mana Volunteer Coastguard||Wellington||$10,000||Towards floating dock purchase|
|Sweet Louise||Manawatu / Taranaki||$18,000||Vehicle and fuel|
|Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Services||Bay of Plenty||$20,000||New support service in Whakatane|
|Life Education||Counties Manukau||$18,000||Take their mobile classroom to 1000 more children|
|Disabled Citizens Society||Otago||$37,000||New forklift and vehicle to support employment creation|
|Child Cancer Foundation||Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings, Wellington, Otago/Southland||$60,000||Keeping Families in touch pilot programme|
|Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue||Christchurch||$8,625||Air mission funding (one mission)|
|Westpac Rescue Helicopter Waikato||Waikato||$10,000||Winch trainer upgrade for night training|
|Camp Quality||Christchurch||$5,500||Summer camp activities for 55 children living with cancer|
|Heart Kids||Waikato||$13,000||Parents' conference, family get-togethers and fuel|
|Wellington Free Ambulance||Wellington||$10,000||Towards putting another ambulance on the road|
|St John||Christchurch||$12,000||Train 12 additional volunteers|
For more information or to arrange an interview with Z or a Supercharger group, contact Christine Langdon, Community Manager, on 04 498 0223 or firstname.lastname@example.org