New car to go travelling for good
Remember the story we ran on Geraldine Carswell and Sweet Louise ( Tribune July 15)? Named for Louise Perkins, Sweet Louise provides support for women (and men) who have secondary breast cancer. For the last four years, Geraldine, a registered nurse based in Palmerston North, has covered an area that stretches from Taranaki in the west across to Wairoa, clocking up to 8000 kilometres a year in her own car.
Sweet Louise receives no government funding, relying on contributions from individuals, businesses and community organisations.
Earlier this year, Sweet Louise received $900 from the Z Energy Good in the Hood promotion. Based on voting by Z customers and Z station staff, Sweet Louise was then selected by the national fuel supplier as one of 14 groups for ‘‘supercharging’’, in for a share of a national pot totalling $250,000.
The decision on how to allocate the funding was made by a panel led by Z chief executive Mike Bennetts, and included frontline service station staff and operators.
And whoo hoo! Thanks to Z Energy partnering with Toyota NZ and Manawatu Toyota, Geraldine has taken delivery of a new 2015 silver Toyota Corolla ‘facelift’ model worth in excess of $30,000.
‘‘I can’t believe the support,’ Geraldine beams.
‘‘There were a few tears in my eyes. I was just hoping for a second-hand runabout.
‘‘This will make such a difference; it means I will be able to visit men and women in more remote areas more often. It’s going to be fantastic.’’
Manawatu Toyota’s Debbie Hart says the car comes with servicing and threeyear warranty. Local Z operator John Hurley contributed an additional $2000 fuel gift card.
‘‘This is the first time we’ve supercharged Good in the Hood,’’ John says, ‘‘ and it’s good that Toyota could help out as a partner.’’
All keyed up and ready to roll, Sweet Louise nurse Geraldine Carswell can scarcely believe that she has a brand new Corolla at her disposal.