Ford NZ is using its Global Caring Month and two of its partners – Variety – the Children’s
Charity and the All Blacks – to make an impact at a low decile Auckland school.
Ford volunteers spent the day at Kingsford School in Mangere to fix up a garden: creating new
planter boxes, planting gardens and building new bench seats.
As a big surprise for the pupils, All Blacks Sam Whitelock, Wyatt Crockett, Liam Squire, and
Waisake Naholo popped in to put some extra muscle behind the working bee.
Lorraine Taylor, CEO of Variety, says it’s heartwarming to see the delight kids get when people
they consider heroes arrive in their neighbourhood.
“Ford has partnered with Variety for 27 years and we are chuffed to support them to create
opportunities for disadvantaged Kiwi kids.
“As well as creating a wonderful communal space at Kingsford Primary School, taking the All
Blacks there with them will create memories that the kids will treasure.”
More about the Ford Global Caring Month
In addition to regular paid annual leave and sick leave, Ford New Zealand also provides its
employees with two days per year of ‘Corporate Citizen’ paid leave to encourage staff to
volunteer in our community.
Ford Global Caring Month (September 2017) is the signature annual event of the Ford
Volunteer Corps. Since its launch in 2005, Ford Volunteer Corps members have contributed
more than one million hours of community service in 50 countries, representing more than $30
million of in-kind community investments.
During September, the Ford Volunteer Corps will tackle more than 600 projects with thousands
of volunteers on six continents.
Ford Motor Company Fund - the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company - will contribute
$600,000 in grants to purchase supplies for many of the volunteer projects.