New car to go trav­el­ling for good

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.’’

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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