Car Com­pany’s char­ity drive re­turns

The Leader (Tasman) - - RELAY FOR LIFE - TIM O'CON­NELL

Com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions stuck in first gear with their fund­ing goals can now pitch their case for a $10,000 tune up.

Af­ter a short hia­tus, The Car Com­pany’s Char­ity Drive is back for 2018.

The pro­mo­tion was such a huge suc­cess in 2013 and 2014 that once again The Car Com­pany is of­fer­ing $10,000 to a non-profit group or or­gan­i­sa­tion in the re­gion.

The Car Com­pany man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Shane Drum­mond said one of the main rea­sons they or­gan­ised Char­ity Drive was to en­cour­age groups that didn’t usu­ally seek fund­ing to ap­ply.

‘‘There are so many de­serv­ing com­mu­nity groups out there do­ing a lot of great work but for some of them the process of ap­ply­ing for grants and spon­sor­ship doesn’t come easy.’’

Drum­mond said The Car Com­pany had re­ceived and dis­trib­uted many fund­ing re­quests over the years and the drive of­fered a user­friendly, novel ap­proach for those seek­ing some fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to grow their or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘What we have done with Char­ity Drive is al­most re­verse the roles and gone out and asked the groups to come to us.’’

Pre­vi­ous win­ners have in­cluded Food for Fam­i­lies, Pin­na­cle House and the Stoke Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

Ap­pli­cants are en­cour­aged to sup­ply as much sup­port­ing in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble, such as pho­tos and video clips, to help con­vince judges why their or­gan­i­sa­tion should be cho­sen.

‘‘We had one net­ball group turn up to the ap­pli­ca­tion in­ter­views with three gen­er­a­tions of mem­bers in uni­forms - that was fan­tas­tic and ex­actly the kind of thing we like to see,’’ Drum­mond said.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms for the Char­ity Drive are avail­able on­line at www.car­com­pa­nynel­son/ char­ity-drive-ap­pli­ca­tion or visit any of the four deal­er­ships Nelson, Tahuna and Rich­mond.

Ap­pli­ca­tions open Mon­day 19th Fe­bru­ary and close 4pm on Fri­day, 16th March 2018. Once ap­pli­ca­tions close, a judg­ing panel will de­cide which lo­cal char­ity will win the $10,000.

Drum­mond said the money may be shared amongst mul­ti­ple char­i­ties, de­pend­ing on the qual­ity of ap­pli­ca­tions..

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Pre­vi­ous win­ners of The Car Com­pany’s Char­ity Drive, back row, Mar­tin Read­ing - Food for Fam­i­lies - and Karen Tuf­fery - Stoke Com­mu­nity Cen­tre - with Shane Drum­mond and Jamie Tay­lor of The Car Com­pany

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