Car yard scraps birth­day bash in aid of char­i­ties

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In­stead of throw­ing a 100th birth­day bash, a Christchurch car yard will do­nate $100,000 to char­ity. Archibalds Mo­tors has short­listed 10 char­i­ties and wants the pub­lic to vote for which three should get a share of the money. It has called the cam­paign Drive for Good. Chief ex­ec­u­tive John Fairhall said a staff mem­ber came up with the do­na­tion idea, and oth­ers agreed it was the right thing to do. Plus they still had their usual Christ­mas party, he said. ‘‘Turn­ing 100 is re­ally the first ma­jor mile­stone that we’ve cel­e­brated in a sig­nif­i­cant way,’’ he said. Vot­ing runs for three months from to­day with the win­ning char­i­ties to be named in March. The char­ity with the most votes will get $50,000 and the other two will get $25,000 each.

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