MITRE 10 staff charity auction raises $38,500 for Neurological Foundation of New Zealand
High-bidding Mitre 10 staff raised $38,500 for the Neurological Foundation at a lively charity auction on Friday night. The auction featured on the closing night of the Mitre 10 New Zealand annual conference, held in Melbourne this year.
Mitre 10 General Manager Marketing, Dave Elliott says the amount raised reflects the community spirit of store owners and staff around the country.
“Each year our conference culminates in a dinner and charity auction to support one of our community partners, and each year we’re thrilled with the commitment of staff to the worthy causes, Mitre 10, supports. We’ve enjoyed a 21-year relationship with the Neurological Foundation and we’re proud to endorse our support of the Foundation’s work through an event like this.”
Foundation Executive Director Max Ritchie was present at the auction and says the further commitment from Mitre 10 is particularly special in a year marked with milestones. “The Foundation is celebrating 40 years of funding neurological research this year, as well as a remarkable 21-year partnership with Mitre 10. We have just held our Mitre 10-sponsored annual appeal, supported by Mitre 10 and Mitre 10 Mega stores around New Zealand, and now staff have reached into their pockets personally– their commitment is extraordinary.”
The Neurological Foundation is one of several charitable organisations supported through Mitre 10’s community partnerships initiative.
“As a New Zealand owned and operated organisation Mitre 10 believes it is important to give back to the communities that have supported us for years and with one in five New Zealander’s affected by a neurological disorder by supporting the Neurological Foundation we’re investing in our customer’s healthy future together,” Mr Elliott said.
The Neurological Foundation is the primary non-government sponsor of neurological research and its funding has facilitated many of New Zealand’s top neuroscientists’ pioneering research breakthroughs. Without the ongoing support of individual New Zealanders the Foundation could not commit to progressing research to the high level that it does. Ninety-eight per cent of funding comes from donations and bequests.