It takes a village – Driving support for the community

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Numerous charities and groups including Tauranga Foodbank, Waipuna Hospice, Breast Cancer Bay of Plenty, Homes of Hope, Tauranga Ladies Luncheon, A Night Before Christmas, Tauranga Garden & Arts Festival, Water Skills for Life Plus, The Kollective, Sweet Louise, Tauranga Boys Collage Rugby, Tauranga Riding for the Disabled, A Night Before Christmas, Bay of Plenty Rugby Union, local surf clubs, bowling clubs and the Pāpāmoa flag pole project have all enjoyed the support and encouragement of Farmer Autovillage over the years.

Farmer Autovillage has helped local causes become more mobile, and able to reach out to the people they are supporting. For many charities the need for a vehicle may only be for a short time.

Farmer Autovillage has long and strong ties to Tauranga, and are acutely aware of the hard work done, usually by volunteers, to keep these charities going. Supporting the community has been a key way the team and business are able to give back.

“We are approached for sponsorship on a regular basis. It’s humbling to meet and work with fantastic volunteers and groups who are working hard to help drive the community.

“The loan vehicles or events that we support are always anchored in bringing benefit to as many as possible.”

“This year we committed our Volkswagen Crafter van for community use. It was able to be booked for short local loans free of charge. With 12 seats and large cargo space, it was the perfect solution for the local clubs who loaned the van. It provided a very safe and modern way of transport,” says Samantha Hedifen, Group Marketing Manager.

Farmer Autovillage recently renewed its commitment to Movember, the men’s health awareness month by providing a Nissan Navara, complete with Movember labelling to proudly raise the profile of an important health issue throughout New Zealand.

Movember Foundation New Zealand Manager Robert Dunne says “Since 2019 Movember is extremely excited to partner with Farmer Autovillage. We are known by the quality of the people and organisations we work with and Farmer Autovillage is a renowned and trusted name in the Bay of Plenty.”

Four years’ ago after a break-in at the Waipuna Trust depot resulting in the Trust’s van being stolen, Farmer Autovillage stepped in to supply the trust with a vital set of wheels.
“Helping out with a van was the least we could do, the Trust’s work is invaluable for people here in the Bay of Plenty,” says Mike Farmer.

Farmer Autovillage’s latest brand additions, Haval and MG have also most recently been seen around town, with MG HS powering the team from Tauranga Chamber of Commerce and a Haval H2 completing the Hot Pink Walk for cancer fundraising and Garden & Arts Festival.

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