$22,040 raised via new KCE ini­tia­tive

Waikato News - - MUSIC/COMMUNITY -

A to­tal of $22,040 has been raised for 12 or­gan­i­sa­tions in the KCE re­gion this Christ­mas in a first of its kind char­i­ta­ble ini­tia­tive run by the elec­tric­ity re­tailer dur­ing Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

The new ini­tia­tive, dubbed the ‘12 Rays of Christ­mas’, was one for the whole King Coun­try com­mu­nity to get be­hind as the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proached.

“The cam­paign kicked off in Novem­ber with KCE spread­ing a spe­cial $6000 Christ­mas do­na­tion evenly across 12 care­fully-se­lected or­gan­i­sa­tions from within the ar­eas KCE op­er­ates as a way of say­ing ‘thank you’ for their so­cial con­tri­bu­tion to our com­mu­ni­ties. That’s $500 per or­gan­i­sa­tion,” KCE com­mu­nity re­la­tions man­ager He­len Pea­cock says.

The com­mu­nity then had the op­por­tu­nity to join in the do­nat­ing via 12 Givealit­tle pages set up for each of the or­gan­i­sa­tions be­fore the dead­line of De­cem­ber 12.

“At this time KCE lit our three Trees of Light in Te Kuiti, Otoro­hanga and Tau­marunui in recog­ni­tion of th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions and their heart­felt ef­forts. Un­for­tu­nately we ran into some tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties with the light­ing pro­gramme, how­ever this didn’t pre­vent the com­mu­nity from do­nat­ing,” He­len said.

A to­tal of $10,040 was raised by local com­mu­nity mem­bers dur­ing that time.

“That’s a real tes­ta­ment to the giv­ing na­ture of those across this re­gion,” He­len said.

As an in­cen­tive for the com­mu­nity to rally to­gether for their pre­ferred cause, KCE promised to match dol­lar-for-dol­lar the or­gan­i­sa­tion with the high­est com­mu­nity do­na­tions at the end of 12 De­cem­ber, up to the value of $6000.

“By De­cem­ber 12, Tu­rangi River of Life Church had raised a whop­ping $9150 via Givealit­tle.

“They will there­fore re­ceive an ex­tra $6000 do­na­tion from us for their Christ­mas com­mu­nity din­ner and their fort­nightly com­mu­nity din­ners there­after. That brings the to­tal do­nated by KCE and gen­er­ous com­mu­nity mem­bers dur­ing the cam­paign to $22,040,” He­len said.

“We are hon­oured to have part­nered with mem­bers of the King Coun­try com­mu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence where it’s needed most this Christ­mas sea­son. Th­ese com­mu­nity groups do so much for our local com­mu­ni­ties, and to­gether we have ral­lied to give them as much of a Christ­mas do­na­tion as pos­si­ble.

The 12 com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions were as fol­lows:

1. Tau­marunui Com­mu­nity Chris­tian Food Bank Trust (Tau­marunui)

2. Tau­marunui Grand­par­ents Rais­ing Grand­chil­dren (Tau­marunui)

3. Tu­rangi River of Life Church Com­mu­nity Din­ner (Tu­rangi)

4. Tu­rangi Food Bank (Tu­rangi)

5. Waimarino Christ­mas Food Ap­peal (Ohakune)

6. An­gel’s Christ­mas Din­ner (Ohakune)

7. Al­trusa In­ter­na­tional Club of Te Kuiti (Wait­omo)

8. Wait­omo Waipa Women’s Refuge (Wait­omo)

9. Otoro­hanga Com­mu­nity Food Bank (Otoro­hanga)

10. Otoro­hanga Com­mu­nity Food Gar­den (Otoro­hanga)

11. King Coun­try-based Fire Ser­vices (Tu­rangi, Ohakune, Tau­marunui, Te Kuiti, Otoro­hanga)

12. King Coun­try-based St John (Tu­rangi, Ohakune, Tau­marunui, Te Kuiti, Otoro­hanga)

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