01/06/2016 - General News
The voting phase of Z’s Good in the Hood programme is over and 852 community groups are about to share in $1 million relative to how hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders voted.
The groups doing good in neighbourhoods across the country were selected from thousands of applications, and Z customers were asked to vote for their favourite group during the month of May.
“In its fifth consecutive year the 2016 Good in the Hood finalists were selected from more than 4,000 applications, and narrowing the number down was a tough job when each and every one of the groups, both big and small, are working to make a positive difference in their community,” said Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon.
Each Z station supported four local groups who will each receive a share of $4,000 based on how customers voted with the Good in the Hood orange token they received every time they made a purchase or filled-up during May. The votes are now being tallied and the cheques will be presented to each of the groups this month.
A further $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood groups and projects as they arise throughout the remainder of the year.
Christine says Good in the Hood is all about keeping it local.
“Our Z stations are part of the communities they serve. We reckon the best way to give back to those communities is to put our local teams and customers at the heart of deciding how the funding is shared. They know better than anyone what matters in their neighbourhoods.
“During the month many groups promoted their activities on our forecourts and both their teams and the Z team got right behind them. The programme is a real celebration of the countless hours spent by groups across New Zealand making a significant contribution to the health and well-being of our communities,” Christine said.
You’ll be able to see the final tally for how much each group in your neighbourhood received by visiting your local Z station at the start of July, or visiting www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood later this month.