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Good deeds go a long way

Category better-together sustainability

The 2021 Rabobank Good Deeds competition kicked off earlier this week and entries are now being sought from rural community groups looking for a helping hand with a project in their area.

Run in conjunction with The Country radio show, the competition provides rural community groups with a chance to win $5,000 and a day’s labour to support their project. Two runner-up prizes of $1,000 and a day’s labour support will also be awarded. Entries close on Friday 3 September and the winner will be announced on The Country radio show the following week.

Rabobank New Zealand CEO Todd Charteris, said the bank launched the Good Deeds competition in 2017 to identify and support worthy rural community projects across New Zealand.

“As an agricultural banking specialist, we know that rural communities are at the heart of New Zealand’s farming sector and we’re committed to supporting projects that help strengthen these communities,” he said.

“We’ve been running the competition for the last four years and during this time we’ve been able to lend our support to some fantastic community projects.”

Previous competition winners include the Waitaki Boys High School creek restoration project (2020), The Dargaville Primary School Garden club (2019) Whareama Primary School (2018) and the Hakataramea Sustainability Collective (2017).

“In addition to support for the winning projects, the competition has also enabled us to identify a whole host of other rural community projects in need of assistance,” Mr Charteris said.

“Our teams really get a lot of satisfaction out of supporting good causes in their communities and, in many cases, our regional staff have reached out to local competition entrants to offer labour support for their projects.”

With the help of the team from The Country, the competition attracted close to 200 entries in 2020 and a large number of entries are expected again in 2021.

Get your entry in for the Rabobank Good Deeds project, click here.