Busi­ness raises $40k for Life­line

Napier Courier - - News -

Hawke’s Bay’s Supreme Busi­ness of the Year Laser Plumb­ing & Electrical Napier has raised $40,000 for sui­cide pre­ven­tion from a char­ity golf day and auc­tion event.

Laser Napier’s busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager Rei­hana Manaena was “blown away and ex­tremely hum­bled” by the fi­nal fundrais­ing to­tal, which will be given to na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion Life­line Aotearoa.

“This is our third an­nual fundrais­ing event and our first with Life­line. We are thrilled to be able to hand over $40,000 to an or­gan­i­sa­tion that is sav­ing one life at a time, one day at a time, one call at a time.

“Sui­cide is a big is­sue that has a ma­jor im­pact on our lo­cal com­mu­nity. New Zealand has one of the high­est sui­cide rates in the world and as an em­ployer we want to en­sure that our staff and their wha¯ nau can pick up the phone and talk to a qual­i­fied coun­sel­lor, should they ever need sup­port,” he said.

Mr Manaena said he and fel­low di­rec­tor Paul Manaena de­cided to “go all-out” to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial open­ing of their new busi­ness premises in Onekawa, Napier, com­bin­ing their an­nual char­ity golf day with a char­ity auc­tion.

“We’ve held suc­cess­ful char­ity golf days over the last cou­ple of years but we wanted to change it up and also have a char­ity auc­tion and some lo­cal en­ter­tain­ment to cel­e­brate the in­vest­ment we’ve made to mark the open­ing of our new premises.

Craig Smith from the Har­courts Hawke’s Bay team was the auc­tion­eer, while en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by a lo­cal kapa haka group, Rezpect Dance Academy, 80/20 Mu­sic and Groove Foun­da­tion while food was de­signed by celebrity chef Henry Heke.

Paul Manaena said con­nect­ing to the com­mu­nity through var­i­ous groups, busi­nesses and peo­ple was at the cen­tre of the events suc­cess.

“The money raised will help sup­port Life­line to op­er­ate their ser­vice but is not the fun­da­men­tal fac­tor that will de­crease the ever-grow­ing sui­cide rate.

“We need to ad­dress core is­sues like so­cial, money, work and re­la­tion­ship pres­sures and give peo­ple tools to en­sure their safety and the safety of oth­ers.

“This is con­ver­sa­tion topic that needs to con­tinue so that we can find out what is hin­der­ing our full en­joy­ment of life as Ki­wis.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted to hear of this re­sult from the fan­tas­tic team at Laser Plumb­ing & Electrical Napier,” Life­line Com­mu­nity Fundraiser Deb­bie Green­field said.

“This will make such a dif­fer­ence to our call­ers. In fact, it means that we can cover the cost of an­swer­ing 1600 calls pro­vid­ing helpline sup­port for those who need it the most,” she said.

“The en­tire Life­line team

want to thank Laser Napier for or­gan­is­ing the fundraiser and all the other lo­cal busi­nesses that sup­ported the event. You are show­ing what can be achieved when car­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions recog­nise that lis­ten­ing saves lives.”

Two of the auc­tion items raised $9100. A Fen­der gui­tar signed by the Rolling Stones fetched $4600 and a Masters golf flag from the US Masters signed by golf­ing leg­ends such as Tiger, Scott, Nick­laus, Palmer, Player, Faldo, Spi­eth and many more went for $4500. Laser Electrical and Plumb­ing Napier won the Pan Pac 2017 Hawke’s Bay Busi­ness of the Year award, with the judges com­ment­ing that it was not just about how well the busi­ness is per­form­ing fi­nan­cially but how they looked af­ter their staff and how it got in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

Laser Plumb­ing and Electrical golf team win­ners.

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