Marque gathers gifts to make Christmas “brighter for 100 children, teenagers and families”.
Mini has packed one of its Countryman Hybrids full of gifts for dozens of children and delivered them to Auckland City Mission – Te Tāpui Atawhai.
The marque is supporting the mission, which has been helping Aucklanders since 1920 and provides food and gifts to thousands of people during the festive season, for the second consecutive Christmas.
Employees at Mini donated a range of hand-picked gifts and these were delivered in a Countryman featuring a festive design created by George Ballad, a student from Whitecliffe College.
Leanne Blanckenberg, head of corporate communications, BMW Group New Zealand, says: “We wanted to support Auckland City Mission and the work they do again this year.
“We heard the biggest gap in donated presents is suitable gifts for teenagers and whole families to enjoy, so we offered to help towards making Christmas a little brighter for 100 children, teenagers and families.”
Helen Robinson, the mission’s chief executive officer, says it appreciates Mini’s help to provide presents for children who would otherwise go without this Christmas.
“Many people in our community are struggling to make ends meet, from the disruption and impact of the last couple of years and the current cost of living increases, so there are many who still need support,” she explains.
In addition to supporting the mission, Mini worked with Whitecliffe, one of New Zealand’s leading creative colleges, to host a student competition to design a Christmas-inspired decal for the Countryman Hybrid that delivered the gifts.