Z presents money to char­i­ties

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

Photo: KA­T­RINA TANI­RAU

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.

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