Two local companies have made enterprising responses to Centrepoint Theatre’s current fundraising campaign.
The theatre has until December 31 to maximise a Creative NZ offer to match dollar for dollar any new sponsorship raised, up to $15,000.
Aware of the potential $30,000, Palmerston North’s Mitre 10 Mega and GoMedia/Bacbou Installations have put up fundraising initiatives for the theatre.
Mitre 10 Mega general manager Bevan Brabyn said franchise owners Andrew and Vicki Stewart were passionate about supporting the local community and the arts.
‘‘Vicki was aware of [the theatre’s] need, made contact and asked how they could be involved.’’
Brabyn said Mitre 10 Mega had been talking with the theatre over the past three months.
‘‘We’d hate to see such an asset as Centrepoint not be there, and we’ve chatted to them about what we could do.’’
He said from November 7 to 20 there would be donation boxes at Mitre 10 Mega checkouts, and the operators will be encouraged to ask every customer if they would like to support Centrepoint Theatre with a dollar donation on their purchases.
‘‘And we will match those donations dollar for dollar.’’
On Saturday, November 19 there will be a live in-store radio interactive with games and prizes involving More FM and members of Centrepoint’s The Streaker cast.
‘‘It will all help to build aware- ness,’’ Brabyn said.
Go Media’s Mike Gray said Centrepoint are clients, and he and Palmerston North’s Dean Shaw have put together a $5000 offer as part of the national company’s ‘vocal and local’ philosophy, which supports a range of rugby, sporting and arts events around the country.
‘‘We’ve always tried to help where we can in the community. We have a relationship with the Turbos and other events that take place in Palmy.’’
The Auckland-based Gray also has family connections to the city.
Go Media/Bacbou will donate 10 per cent of any billboard, bus back or bus shelter media booking made between now and December 31 for any month over the next year.
Go Media and Bacbou Installations will also donate $1000 each, and have challenged other businesses to do the same.
Rachel Ferguson of billboard company Go Media/Bacbou Installations.