Mazda Foundation supports Kiwis in need

17 August 2015

The Mazda Foundation has awarded its second round of funding for the year donating almost $75,000 to 29 individuals, community groups and charities around New Zealand.  

Three funding rounds are held each year to support New Zealanders in need. The Foundation, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, has gifted nearly $1.9million back to the community since it began.

Grants handed out this round included two groups supporting those living with disabilities. Based in the Waikato, Assistance Dogs NZ received $5,000 to buy dog food for a litter of eight puppies completing the training programme. Assistance Dogs breed, raise and train puppies to help people with disabilities.

Wendy Isaacs, the funding development manager says there has been an increase in the demand for the service. “We are the only service dog provider that works with children and individuals affected by multiple disabilities. We’re grateful to the Mazda Foundation for funding this food because a quality diet is essential for our fast growing large breed dogs,” she says.

Northland charity, Achieve 2B, which provides young people with disabilities the opportunity to take part in cultural exchange programmes overseas, received $900 to upgrade its website to cope with the increased interest from people wanting to use their organisation.

This round also included the gifting of $6,500.44 to the Volunteer Fire Brigade in Woodend, Canterbury. The district’s rapid growth means callouts have increased so the brigade needs to purchase additional new equipment in order to meet demand.

The donation will be put towards specialised emergency response vehicle fit out of safety and scene equipment.    

Chief Fire Officer Murray Lamb says Woodend is fortunate to have such a dedicated team looking after the district.  

“Woodend Volunteer firefighters respond to 220 calls a year with 38 percent of the responses being motor vehicle accidents. The support vehicle is a welcome addition which will be a great asset to protect the scene, along with assisting police to divert traffic off state highway one if required.   

“We are grateful for the Mazda Foundation helping us cover the costs of the specialised emergency response equipment,” he says.  

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation says the amount of selfless work taking place in communities across the country is always inspiring. “We feel very privileged that we’ve been able to help so many different organisations and individuals in need over the last ten years.

“Whether it’s supporting disabled children, hardworking volunteer firefighters or any other project in need of assistance, it’s always humbling to see how much hard work goes on throughout New Zealand.”

The Mazda Foundation is funded through a contribution from the sale of every new Mazda in New Zealand.

The closing date for the next round of Mazda Foundation applications is 30 September 2015. For more information or to download an application form, visit

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