We’re pleased to highlight the festive efforts made by Spotless, who maintain around 5,747 Housing New Zealand properties in South Auckland, and Programme Facilities Management (PFM), who maintain around 8,672 Housing New Zealand properties in the Wellington/Hutt Valley region. Both teams brought Christmas cheer to people in need in our properties.
With the amazing support of their subcontractors, the Spotless team worked hard again this year to raise money to buy presents for families with children and older people who, through no fault of their own, can often miss out at Christmas.
In 2016 Spotless raised $12,050, but this year they managed to surpass even this great contribution. A total sum of $14,260 was raised and used to purchase around 600 gifts for children in South Auckland across 187 families.
This year Spotless also worked alongside South Auckland social support agency, the Sisters of Mercy to identify families in need of food parcels. A total of 28 hams and a mix of other goods including children’s presents were gifted through the Sisters of Mercy to families in need in the Wiri area.
In addition, Spotless collaborated with District Health Boards, who target families that have presented to hospital with Rheumatic Fever. This year 30 families, with 100 children, benefited from Spotless’ Christmas giving. These families each received a ham and a range of other useful household goods such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste, as well as some chocolate for the parents!
Spotless Facility Services Housing New Zealand Contracts Manager Nicholas Davidson said this year they also wanted to ensure the elderly were not forgotten.
“Spotless’ Santa Claus provided around 200 boxes of shortbread, Christmas cakes and mince pies to local Housing New Zealand offices to be gifted to elderly tenants who might otherwise miss out on some Christmas cheer,” Nick says.
Thank you Spotless for your contribution again this year. We know it brought Christmas cheer to many families living in our homes in South Auckland and we appreciate your efforts to make a difference.
Programme Facilities Management
Shane Hatfield, PFM Senior Contracts Manager, says this year the Programme Facilities Management (PFM) team, including subcontractors, organised a Christmas collection for families in need in the Wellington/Hutt Valley regions.
“A wide range of food and toys were donated and some of the tenants burst into tears of joy when they received them,” Shane says.
This year PFM also made a very special Christmas donation to a local family who had been through a particularly difficult year.
“When we heard about the very serious health issues this family had to deal with, we quickly put the word out and arranged for another large Christmas hamper and toys for the kids to be delivered to the family,” Shane says.
“They couldn’t believe it when we arrived at the door. It made us all feel good to be able to bring some joy and happiness to a family who have had a really tough time,” Shane says.
Thank you, PFM, for your Christmas giving this year – we know it was appreciated.