How to cel­e­brate a birthday

The Northland Age - - Local News -

It is not un­usual for busi­nesses to cel­e­brate mile­stones, but Mar­cus and Alex Te Brake chose some­thing out for the or­di­nary to mark their fifth an­niver­sary at Cooper’s Beach Four Square.

They dug into their back pocket to come up with $5000, invit­ing their cus­tomers to de­cide how it should be shared be­tween three emer­gency ser­vices. At the end of the four weeks the North­land res­cue heli­copter re­ceived $2089, the Man­gonui Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade $1530, and Far North Ra­dio and Sea Res­cue $1381.

FNRSR pres­i­dent and se­nior vol­un­teer ra­dio op­er­a­tor An­nette Hall was very im­pressed and grate­ful.

“With­out fan­fare Mar­cus, his beau­ti­ful fam­ily and amaz­ing staff have al­ways been in­volved in lo­cal com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, and on be­half of all our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers I thank them for con­tin­u­ing to sup­port and be part of our Far North com­mu­nity,” she said.

Mr Te Brake said the plea­sure was all his. “It’s been an amaz­ing ride so far, and we couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter place to start a fam­ily.”

The store was his small son Os­car’s favourite place, and he was sure his lit­tle sis­ter would love it just as much when she ar­rived.

“Huge shout out to our ex­cep­tional team — your loy­alty, sup­port and hard work con­tin­ues to blow us away,” he added. “Doubt­less Bay is one beau­ti­ful com­mu­nity, and we are grate­ful to all our loyal cus­tomers from here and afar.”

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