Au­Com staff raise $200,000 for Van­u­atu

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Staff at Christchurch Com­pany Au­Com Elec­tron­ics have passed up the op­por­tu­nity to share in a $200,000 cash prize from dairy prod­ucts com­pany An­chor, in­stead do­nat­ing it to the peo­ple of Van­u­atu.

Au­Com CEO Brent Archer said a staff mem­ber, John O’Malley, had on his own ini­tia­tive de­cided to rally his work­mates, fam­ily and friends to try and win the ‘An­chor Fam­i­lies’ com­pe­ti­tion, with the re­sult­ing 110,000+ en­tries ul­ti­mately snar­ing the ma­jor prize.

“John and the rest of the win­ning ‘fam­ily’ were quite within their rights to share the money amongst them­selves, but de­cided from the start if they won to do­nate it to the peo­ple of Van­u­atu through World Vi­sion.

“I’m ex­tremely proud of John and the friends, staff, and fam­i­lies who sup­ported this. It will make a ma­jor dif­fer­ence in Van­u­atu as they re­cover from Cy­clone Pam.”

The com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­aged en­trants to form ‘An­chor Fam­i­lies’ and get those mem­bers to en­ter unique codes from An­chor milk bot­tles online.

Archer said Au­Com is a long term cor­po­rate sup­porter of World Vi­sion, sup­port­ing com­mu­nity projects in­clud­ing one in Gun­tur, In­dia that has ben­e­fit­ted over 1000 fam­i­lies.

Another Au­Com em­ployee, Andy Beale, raised a fur­ther $5000 for the cause by cy­cling the equiv­a­lent height of Mt Ever­est on a hill cir­cuit near Lit­tle River on Banks Penin­sula.

Rid­ing a vintage ladies shop­ping bike, with 20 inch wheels and a sin­gle gear, Dr Beale tra­versed the route 16 times to reach 8848 m in el­e­va­tion over 14 hours and 172 km.

“We’re just as proud of Andy’s ef­forts, although not as sure of his san­ity,” said Archer.

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