13 July 2021

Contact looking to support Taupō causes for the 20th year running

Contact Energy is calling for applications from Taupō community groups to be the selected charity for its annual fundraising golf tournament held on the 10th of September 2021.

Over the last 20 years, the Contact Wairākei Charity Golf Tournament has raised more than $350,000, which has been given to charitable projects in the Taupō area.

Contact Energy Sustainability Manager, Genelle Palmer, said there is a strong focus on supporting the local community, especially after last year’s tournament was cancelled due to COVID19 and the impact on the local economy.

“We’re keen to find an organisation that is helping to deliver positive change in our local community. With COVID impacting Taupō significantly last year, we want to be able to deliver good news to an organisation operating in our backyard.

“Applications are now open and we’re encouraging community groups and charitable organisations to get in touch and apply to receive the funds raised in this year’s tournament. Traditionally we choose a single charity to support, but if we receive two strong candidates, we would be open to splitting the funds between two organisations.”

Taupō Community Patrol won the grant in 2019 and used the funds to help purchase an electric vehicle for their work supporting the community. This is a great demonstration of a charity creating positive social and environmental outcomes for the local community.

The Wairākei Charity Golf Tournament was started by local Contact employees to make a positive contribution to the community, raising funds through a partnership of external contacts.

To apply, or for further information, local community organisations and charities can contact genelle.palmer@contactenergy.co.nz. The closing date for applications is Friday 30th July.


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