Earlier this year several Xero employees squeezed into their lycra, hunched over their handlebars, and pedalled their bicycles in a massive event known as the BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge. For seven straight days, the Xero cycling team pumped their legs from Lower Hutt to Pukekohe, a distance of almost 800km. To get behind the team, Xero donated Xero licenses to the winning organisations who took part in the charity event.
St. John Ambulance and the Graeme Dingle Foundation were two of those organisations and to pay it forward, they’ve passed on the donation to ten volunteer businesses who work with them throughout the country.
Pam Smith from the Graeme Dingle Foundation sums up the positive effect donations like these can have on the community.
“This is a significant prize for us as a charity. We are always looking innovative ways to raise the necessary funds to support our young people.
“The XERO portion of the prize has benefited our Auckland region who have been quick to make use of the BDO/XERO services.
“A 2012 report prepared by Infometrics “Growing Great Futures – Whakatipu Tamariki Ora”, showed an economic contribution to New Zealand of $7.15 for every dollar invested in Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes.
“Given the above statistics the $40,000 prize package that we were awarded actually has a return of $286,000 to New Zealand – a HUGE thank you to XERO for your part in this.”
St John. Ambulance’s Child and Adolescent Community Health Coordinator, Agnes Wong, says they’re grateful for the chance to recognise the great work and contribution of their youth leaders.
“Our volunteers give up a lot of their time and it’s nice to be able to use this donation from Xero to enable them to achieve more in their own personal time.”
The winners range from places like Clevedon, north of Auckland, through Bay of Plenty and Wellington, and down to Cranmer in Christchurch.
Matthew Wright from Wright Build Ltd in Christchurch is one of the six lucky recipients. “ I recently set up my own building company. Xero will save me time and, most importantly, enable me to quote a job and provide my clients with a professional breakdown of all costs before we start building”
Anne-Maree Price from Vivian Early Learning Centre in New Plymouth, another winner, adds: “Xero will support me to use my time more effectively in the office. It will also benefit me personally by freeing up my free time in the weekends for my family.”
And Sparkle Clean in Canterbury says: “by having Xero, we will be able to spend much more time on building our business and less time on labour intensive bookwork. We really want to make our business bigger and provide employment for other people and hope this will be the start.”
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