Good­ies in the hood

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

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

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