Goodies in the hood
Z Energy customers have ‘‘done good’’ by voting for Good in the Hood.
The annual orange token vote at the city’s the four Z stations – Terrace End, Ferguson Street, Pioneer Highway and Fairway on Rangitikei Line – has divvied up $16,000 cash among 11 community groups and charities.
Leading the charity charge was Arohanui Hospice voted $5384 by Zed customers, followed by the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter $3957, Heart Kids Manawatu $2112, Manawatu Special Olympics $1436, and Methodist Social Services $1300.
Not quite making four figures were Look Good Feel Better – a charity devoted to cosmetic makeovers for female cancer patients – with $953; The Lifehouse Trust with $915 towards its work with at-risk youth, and $842 for Ronald McDonald House.
Sands Manawatu received $719 to continue supporting families who have lost a baby or young child, and $545 went to youth mentoring organisation Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Methodist Social Services Goodwill Shop received $399 that manager Lyal Brenton says will go towards paying off its recently acquired van.
Louise Curtis from Arohanui says the Good in the Hood donation was fantastic. Louise also received the proceeds of Terrace End Z’s involvement in Shorts for Hospice, a promotion that encouraged people to wear shorts on Tuesday 21.
The rescue chopper’s Chris Moody was similarly delighted.
‘‘Clearly the rescue helicopter strikes a chord with the community. For 25 years we’ve managed to raise the 50 per cent [of operating costs] required to keep us in the air ... This is superb, it really is. Well done the people. It’s your helicopter. You own it.’’
The Heart Kids cheque was col- lected by 10-year-old Parklands School pupil Sam Hatfield who has an inherited heart defect.The Ronald McDonald House cheque was presented to his Parklands school-mate and long-time RMcD House resident 10-year-old Quinn Hautapu, now in remission from cancer.
Thanks heaps Palmy peeps – representatives of 11 city charities along with Terrace End Zed staff, celebrate the proceeds from Zed Energy’s Good in the Hood promotion. Photo: RICHARD MAYS/FAIRFAX NZ