Contractors build up charity

By Hannah Norton

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Anthony van der Veer, Gary Clemmett, Natalie Vincent, Kylie Wech, Manga Patuawa, Fred Peterson and Rob Wilson. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Anthony van der Veer, Gary Clemmett, Natalie Vincent, Kylie Wech, Manga Patuawa, Fred Peterson and Rob Wilson. Photo / Michael Cunningham

Northland contractors are helping care for Northland kids.

Contractors for Charity - comprised of Downer, Fulton Hogan, Transfield and United Civil - yesterday presented a $2000 cheque to KidsCan to be used specifically for Northland projects.

The Contractors for Charity partnership was established mid last year, and each year a different contractor will hold an event to fundraise for a charity of their choice.

This year's fundraising event - the Local Authorities and Contractors golf tournament in April - was organised by Downer.

Downer manager Manga Patuawa said $2000 was raised on the day from entry fees and selling food and drinks, which the company chose to donate to KidsCan.

"We wanted to keep the money in Northland as this is where the contractors do most of their work and, after speaking with KidsCan, they said it would stay in Northland," he said.

Next year Fulton Hogan would be taking over the fundraising ropes, he said.

KidsCan schools and programmes manager Natalie Vincent said the money would most likely go towards funding initiatives at KidsCan's two Whangarei schools - Manaia View School and Te Kura o Otangarei - for things such as the hot food programme, raincoats, shoes and health products.

"This will go a long way. It's really exciting and it's really nice for us to see corporates that are giving back to the community," she said.

- NORTHERN ADVOCATE

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