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Z to supercharge local groups’ 2015 with $250,000

09/07/2015 - General News

Haley Small

Neighbourhood groups doing extra good in their hoods have been selected to receive a share of $250,000 from Z Energy to help ‘supercharge’ their 2015.

The 14 groups were chosen after in-store voting for Good in the Hood by customers at every Z site throughout May, and then regional voting by Z site staff.

Now it’s up to New Zealanders to tell Z how they reckon the funding should be allocated between the successful groups.

The groups range from Mana Volunteer Coastguard and Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Services in the North, to Camp Quality Christchurch and Disabled Citizens Society Otago in the South. The Child Cancer Foundation was also a top favourite, with five of its branches selected across the country.

Inspiring video pitches from all the groups about what they’d do with extra funding in 2015 are available from now until 19 July at Z.co.nz, and the public is being invited to tell Z what they reckon. Groups could receive anything from $1,000 to $100,000.

The final decision on how to share the $250,000 will be made on 20 July by a panel led by Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts.

Z Community Manger Christine Langdon says the panel will have some tough decisions to make. “Ultimately, they’ll be looking to allocate the $250,000 in a way that will help people who need it in our communities around NZ.

“The chosen groups do a power of good in their local communities and we’re delighted to be supporting them through Good in the Hood Supercharger.”

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.

For a full list of successful Supercharger groups, and to view their pitch videos, visit www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood