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Z calls on community groups to apply for a share of $310k

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Getting excited about Z’s Good in the Hood. Z Energy’s Community Champion Melanie Kennerley is in blue.

Z Energy (Z) is calling on Manukau, east Auckland and Franklin Auckland charities and community groups to get in quick and apply to its Good in the Hood programme, for the potential to receive a share of the $310,000 Z has allocated towards Auckland community donations this year.

Auckland’s share comes from $1 million Z is donating across New Zealand. As part of Good in the Hood, each of Z’s 62 service stations across Auckland will give away a total of $5000.

From the applications, each Z service station chooses four community groups to participate, with $4000 distributed amongst those groups based on community voting.

Customers who shop in store are provided an orange token to pop in one of four boxes, voting for their favourite local group. The money is split between the four groups based on the number of votes each receives.

A further $1000 for each service station is earmarked to support community events and initiatives throughout the year.

East Auckland Z Energy retailer Wayne Kennerley says: “Our community in east Auckland is so important to us, which is why we feel it’s so important to recognise those groups and charities that get out there and provide their support.

“Every time Good in the Hood rolls around, our team looks forward to the opportunity to help support those who help our local community.”

This year, Z will reach a significant $10 million milestone in contributions to community groups, helping hundreds throughout Aotearoa since 2011.

This has largely been achieved through Z’s annual Good in the Hood programme.

Z GM Customer Andy Baird says that Good in the Hood empowers Kiwis to engage with initiatives in their communities and choose where additional support goes in their town. “The spirit of Good in the Hood is to share Z’s community support with the people living in those communities – to give people a choice about where the money goes,” he says.

Extra focus will this year be given to regions hit hard by Cyclone Gabrielle, bolstering its community support provided earlier in the year.

“We’ve already given more than $140,000 to cyclone-and flood-affected communities so far this year, with $70,000 going to the Northland/Auckland flooding, $50,000 to small community groups affected by Cyclone Gabrielle around the Northland, Tairāwhiti Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay regions, plus donations to the Red Cross and Bike for Blokes,” says Baird.

“It’s immensely satisfying to be able to confirm another million dollars in support across the country, including providing additional funding for Z stations in some of the harder-hit communities.”

Baird encourages community groups to apply for the 2023 round of Good in the Hood funding as soon as possible, with applications closing on Monday, July 31 before the in-store voting period commences in September 2023.

“Z and its retailers care deeply about our communities, and for us Good in the Hood is a reinforcement of our pledge that Z is for New Zealand. Focusing on smaller community groups gives us the opportunity to support groups which may find it more difficult to access funds compared to larger charities or groups who have existing relationships with donors,” Baird says.

“For anyone who has considered making an application for funding in the past, now is the time to get your application in.”

Good in the Hood was initially created in response to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and Z ran several similar community giving programmes before Good in the Hood officially commenced in 2013.

“We looked at ways to best support the Christchurch community in the wake of the disaster and decided to leverage the knowledge of our local retailers and their communities to ensure funds were going where they were needed,” says Baird.

“The $10m milestone represents Z’s long-term commitment to helping Kiwi’s and what matters most to them.”

More information on how to apply can be found here .

 

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