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Tuesday, 08 December 2015

PAK’nSAVE breaks New Zealand Movember records

Stickman and PAK’nSAVE employees around New Zealand have helped to fundraise more than $100,000 and in doing so have now become the leading company to fundraise the most funds ever for Movember New Zealand. 

From the 1 of November, PAK’nSAVE staff across New Zealand have been growing their Mos, with Foodstuffs North Island going MO face-to-MO face against sister (or brother) company Foodstuffs South Island to see who can fundraise the MOst.

With 52 stores taking part, PAK’nSAVE Hastings was the leader of the pack raising more than $8,961, with the top ranking Mo Bro, store owner-operator, Brendon Smith.

Brendon says that he is chuffed to be the leading Mo Bro in the PAK’nSAVE network.

I’ve grown a Mo every Movember since it started, but I was determined for this year to be the best effort yet.” says Brendon.

I was lucky to have 25 staff who shared my enthusiasm. At the start of the month, we set the goal of raising the most. In addition to donation boxes at checkouts and staff Movember pages, the store donated $2 for every loaf of Quality Bakers bread bought during November.”

The top Mo Team in the South Island was PAK’nSAVE Hornby cracking the $4166 mark and the top rating Mo Bro was owner John Lee.

John, who usually sports a full moustache, started Movember clean shaven and half way through Movember, parted with half his Mo to raise extra funds. He also donated one dollar for every dollar staff and customers gave.

I’m stoked with the result. The whole team put in a tremendous effort and we raised far more than expected.”

The rivalry between the two islands has been a well fought battle, with the victor being the PAK’nSAVE North Island stores who raised: $35,333. However, the South Island stores with fewer than half the stores also put in a fantastic effort raising more than $15984. It was also a close battled for the amount per person raised with the South Island scraping in just ahead with $98.06 per person compared with $96.54 per person by the North Island stores.

The Foodstuff support centres also got involved in growing the best handle bar slugs, with a combined effort in excess of $32,000.

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand says that the efforts of everyone involved is to be commended.

The Foodstuffs family is a competitive bunch and this determination raised a lot of money to go towards the good work of the Movember Foundation. Importantly it also made us all think about men’s health – our own and the men in our lives”, he says.

Robert Dunn from Movember says, “We’re delighted to have PAK’nSAVE and Foodstuffs on board for the first time – it’s brilliant to see staff and customers embrace our cause wholeheartedly.

We are so grateful for the ongoing support from our sponsors; having large company’s such as Foodstuffs involved means we are able to talk to more men about the importance of their health.”

Family members, partners and wives will now be breathing a sigh of relief as the moustaches will now start to disappear from workplaces, supermarkets, Stickmen ads and homes across the country.

While Movember is now officially over, donations are still welcome and accepted nz.movember.com/donate

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