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The Nelson Ark

At Savage & Savage we are a dog-friendly office, you are welcome to bring your well behaved dog with you when you come to see us.

Our staff love cuddles with furry friends and because we love dogs we support The Ark. We have a collection jar on our front counter for the month of August to help this fantastic organisation do what they do.

And they do a lot, they re-home dogs and The Ark provides a wonderful education opportunity for at risk youth, they work with dogs to help these young people find a positive aspect to their lives.

APART (Animals People And Rehabilitative Training) – What happens when you join a young person going through tough times together with a rescue dog? You get APART. APART is a character education and dog training programme. It provides opportunities to develop compassion, empathy, respect and responsibility. APART provides young people with the opportunity to:

  • learn alternative coping strategies for quality of
  • life learn considerate ways of dealing with problems which may arise during dog training
  • take part in rewarding experiences that grow respect for oneself, others and animals.

If you are able to we would love you to support this outstanding organisation by making a donation next time you are in the office 

If you don’t have cash we can take an electronic payment and pass it on to The Ark.

Victory Primary School benefits from $15,000 donation from local business

Below is a recent article from the Nelson Mail about one of our clients, Vortex Spas making a very generous donation to help local kids. Photo is courtesy of Nelson Mail & Fairfax Media

Congratulations Andrew, what a great initiative.

 

A generous donation from a local business has helped Victory Primary School provide food for disadvantaged pupils.

The school had applied for the help of charitable trust KidsCan, which provides food, clothing and other basic needs for those in need.

But KidsCan has a waiting list because they’re already helping 500 schools and more than 115,000 children around New Zealand.

Victory’s large role of 400-plus pupils also meant it faced a long wait, potentially years, to get into the programme. That’s when Vortex Spas came in.

Managing director Andrew Pullen said the company didn’t know about the school’s application when he approached KidsCan about becoming “more proactive” in their support of local charities.

“We wanted to support our own community first and foremost, we wanted to support the most disadvantaged section of the community and we want to support basic needs first.”

Vortex Spas donated $15,000 cash to KidsCan, which saw Victory Primary School accepted into the programme providing lunches for pupisl.

“It’s the teachers and the staff here that really do the heavy lifting,” Pullen said.

The school and the spa business are now organising a raffle to raise $10,000 in funds with the aim to get raincoats for all pupils and shoes for those that need them.

“What we’re really looking for is for the whole of Nelson to be supporting this. If we receive some great success, we’ll be extending out outside of just the Victory area,” Pullen said.

Tickets for the raffle are $5 and available from Benge & Co greengrocers, Stacey Clothing in Richmond, Victory School reception and at a stall at the Nelson Market.

The first prize is a Vortex Spa pool valued at over $11,000. The second prize is a Weber BBQ valued at $1000. Other prizes include Stacey Clothing vouchers, Pestell’s meat vouchers and Benge & Co green grocer voucher.

The winning ticket will the drawn at Victory Primary School on July 8 at 10am.

The top five ticket sellers from Victory Primary School will go on a training run with the Tasman Makos, Pullen said.

School principal Helen Taylor-Young she was quite overwhelmed by Vortex Spas generosity.

“The great thing for us is that it means can get on with the teaching and learning,” she said.

“I feel very privileged that Andrew chose us first.

“The great thing here is that we got a good infrastructure with the community centre and the school partnership, it’s a great place to roll it out and to trial it here.”

Nelson Arts Festival

Once again Savage & Savage Chartered Accountants are sponsoring a show at this outstanding festival.

This year we have sponsored a show called The Wine Project. “Recently returned from a sell-out season in Edinburgh, Java Dance Company captures audiences with dance theatre that clambers in to your senses. Sarah Copeland began fermenting this new work in a French vineyard and now invites you to taste it.”

“The Wine Project was not like anything I had seen before. It’s one of a kind.” The Southland Times