Car Company owner Shane Drummond hands over a cheque for $18,354.30 to Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge manager Trudi Brand. With them is Belinda Koloamatangi, Reni Gargiulo and Breffni O’Rourke. Photo: Andrew Board.

Women’s refuge fundraising tops $18k

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After seeing how much the almost $19,000 raised last year was needed by the Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge, Car Company owner Shane Drummond decided they simply had to do it again.

And not one to do things by halves, his team has come up trumps again, raising a staggering $18,354.30 in just one month.

Shane and his team dedicate the month of September to raising money for the refuge by donating a percentage of each car sale to the cause, collecting on the streets and hosting a massive quiz night and auction.

Despite miserable weather on one of their collecting days, this year’s total is just a couple of hundred dollars off the massive amount raised last year. Shane says he is stoked with the result.

“To hand over this much money is astounding. To be fair it was a lot of hard work, doing the street appeals, the auction and quiz night and organising it all. We want to thank all the businesses who donated vouchers and products, I did not get one no when I called businesses asking them to donate, that shows how special it was.”

Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge manager Trudi Brand says the month means “so much” to the organisation. “The exposure and coverage for us along with the money, is a huge help for us. Money goes towards overheads of running the refuge. It means instead of looking at redundancies, we’re focusing on helping the people we need to help.”

Shane says the Car Company will be back again next year, raising more money for the refuge.

“We have to. The public perception has been very good again. It exposed who they are and what they do. We’re rapt again to be associated with it, being a local scenario and a lot of volunteers, which is close to what the Car Company are aligned to. Local people helping other people, a community orientated thing. Our whole team have got right behind it.”