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February 2012: Supertots wins $1,000 Instant Finance Community Spirit Award …. and pays it forward
Much loved local childcare centre, Kiwi Supertots in Royal Oak, has been announced as the winner of an Instant Finance Community Spirit Award and is now $1,000 richer….but not for long. Staff at the popular childcare centre have decided to pay it forward and will be donating the proceeds to other well deserving local charities.
Hundreds of community organisations, individuals and projects from around the country were nominated through Instant Finance branches over December 2011, with 12 highly deserving organisations each winning a $1,000 Community Spirit Award.
Kiwi Supertots in Royal Oak is a well-recognised local establishment, not the least for its unique architecture and building on Mt Smart Road. Up to 700 local pre-school children have been cared over the eight years that the facility has been open, and the team is known for its friendliness and the wonderful care they provide.
Owners of Kiwi Supertots, HP and Darshi Luthera, said: “We are very proud to be given this Award, especially as the nominations came from families in our local community. Our staff have decided they would like to ‘pay it forward’ and we will be giving the prize money away to help other people in need in our community.”
Instant Finance has been running its successful Community Spirit programme for over seven years, with more than 100 organisations and community projects around the country benefiting from the $1,000 grants during this time.
Potential beneficiaries can be nominated by anyone through the entry boxes at local Instant Finance branches, and historically, have included assistance for local sports clubs, community projects, the arts, church led projects, individual grant requests and charities.
This year, 12 organisations and initiatives will benefit from the Community Spirit programme, including:
• North Able, Whangarei
• Elim Soup Kitchen, Manukau
• Linwood Rugby Club, Christchurch
• Kiwi Super Tots, Onehunga
• Massey Athletics Club, Henderson
• The Company NZ, Kilbirnie
• Plunket Rotorua
• Carlson School, New Lynn
• Papakura Toy Library, Takanini
• Hutt Valley Special Olympics, Wellington
• Omahu Huia Rugby League Club, Hastings
• Christchurch City Cadet Unit, Christchurch