Z presents money to charities
Four Matamata charitable groups have benefited from Z’s Good in the Hood programme.
St John Matamata received $2208, Victim Support Matamata Piako was given $875, Matamata Community Garden received $526 and the Lions Club of Matamata Charitable Trust $391.
Cheques were presented to representatives of the different groups last Wednesday.
More than 600 community groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand were selected from thousands of applications and Z customers were asked to vote for their favourite group throughout March.
Every Z service station in New Zealand supported four neighbourhood groups that had applied to be part of the programme.
Customers making a purchase at a Z station during March were given an orange token and invited to vote for the organisation they wished to support.
Customers also voted in Z’s online Token Hunt at z.co.nz and the 10 groups which received the most votes through the Token Hunt are receiving an extra $500 each.
It is not all over for groups as a further $1000 per service station has been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects as they arise through the remainder of the year.
‘‘ We wanted our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods, with local operations benefiting local people,’’ said Z’s general manager of retail, Mark Forsyth.
Mr Forsyth said Z was impressed by the calibre of applications received.
Thanks Z: Bill Hawes from Matamata Lions, Graham Motion from Matamata St John, Z Matamata manager Christine Bedford, John Mott from the Matamata Community Garden and Sandra Hunter from Victim Support Matamata Piako.