Reni Gargiulo, Belinda Koloamatangi and Trudie Brand gearing up for the organisations annual appeal.

Car Company throws support behind refuge


After the success of last year’s fundraising event, the Car Company has once again teamed up with Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge to help them raise some money.

Last year, the Car Company took to the streets and asked the Nelson community to dig deep into their pockets to support the refuge.  As a result, more than $18,000 was raised to help prevent and stop domestic violence.

Shane Drummond, of the Car Company, says the feedback from the community last year was incredible. “Some of the stories we heard while we were out collecting blew us away – domestic violence happens in all walks of life every day.”

Shane and his team have had a long standing relationship with refuge. “Recognising how much this organisation does for our community at all hours of the day and night and on a shoestring budget, together with our own commitment to giving back to the local community is the driving force behind our decision to do it all again.”

The Car Company will be donating $50 from the sale of every car they sell during the month of September.  There will also be a quiz night, a charity auction, street appeals and any other opportunity they can think of to raise money.

Trudie Brand, manager of the refuge, says she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Nelson public and the amazing efforts of the Car Company team last year.  “We are enormously grateful that they are repeating their efforts again this year and we will all be working really hard to make it a huge success.”

Anyone who wants to donate to the appeal or has auction items that can be donated can contact Belinda Koloamatangi at the Car Company’s head office or Trudie Brand and Nelson Women’s Refuge.