A recent charity golf tournament run by New World Brookfield has created a generous boost for Good Neighbour, just in time for Christmas.
A total of $5000 has been raised and gifted to the charity organisation thanks to a handful of generous donors from around the region who participated in the event.
New World Brookfield owner operator Brendon Good says the idea was first pitched to him by staff.
“Our staff wanted to have a golf tournament where they could raise money for a local charity.
“The team decided not only to get staff involved in the tournament, but our New World Brookfield food suppliers too.
“These suppliers sponsored holes, arranged teams to enter into the tournament and contributed money.”
He says rather than being a part of the tournament by playing, Brookfield New World Staff ran the event.
“It was nice that staff wanted to do something for a charity, times are tough and everyone has to feed their family and when staff are coming up to us and saying we want to do something to help I think it's quite credible.
“We decided to give the money raised from the day to Good Neighbours, because it is the best charity in the city.”
He says it's the first the event has been held, and is please it was a success.
“It was held at the Otumoetai Golf Club and they were very supportive of the event, they didn't even charge any fees for it which was awesome.”
A variety of food suppliers from around the nation were involved in the tournament, with a lot of teams being made up with local representatives.
“The suppliers felt really comfortable about participating in the event because a lot of the food they supply to us goes on to one of the Good Neighbour arms, Food Rescue, if it can't be sold.
“They felt really happy about this service, as well as the rest of the arms of Good Neighbours that would be benefitted by the funds raised.”
He says he is thankful for their generosity.
“We expected to raise $2000 and instead raised $5000,” he says. “In fact, $4200 was raised but right at the end a supplier approach us and gave another $800.”
He says he doesn't play a lot of golf himself, but would like to if he wasn't surfing so much.
“A lot of our suppliers saw it as an opportunity to have a hit and a get together.
“People want to give but they don't know how to, so this was a chance for them.”
The money will now be directed towards operational costs of the Good Neighbour Kitchen.