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SPCA proud to be associated with Toyota New Zealand

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

Sara Elliott-Warren, SPCA Saving Lives Ambassador, with Benji the dog in the new Saving Lives ToyotaToyota New Zealand is celebrating 25 years as New Zealand’s best-selling car company by paying it forward and donating brand new vehicles to a number of New Zealand charities for one year.

SPCA New Zealand is grateful to have been chosen as one of Toyota’s lucky charities. All 25 of the donated vehicles now have loving new homes, with one going to Sara Elliott-Warren, SPCA Saving Lives Ambassador, and the rest being allocated to 24 of the SPCA’s most under-resourced Centres nationwide.

"The SPCA’s Saving Lives programme aims to increase the save rate of the thousands of animals that come in to SPCA Centres every year," says Sara Elliott-Warren, SPCA Saving Lives Ambassador. "It is a crucial part of my role to visit each of our Centres across the country and meet face-to-face with the team on the ground, to discuss their achievements and see where we can do better."

"With this vehicle I can make sure we are giving our SPCAs the best support possible in helping them meet our Saving Lives objectives and accomplish more for the animals in our care."

Robyn Nahr, SPCA Buller Fundraising Manager, says, "We are extremely excited to have been given the use of this vehicle, as it will replace our aging van which may not have passed another WOF. Thanks to Toyota we know we can continue to attend animal welfare incidents promptly."

Faye Johnson, SPCA Hastings & Districts Fundraising Manager, says, "We are very grateful to Toyota for their support. Our new vehicle will be used by our staff on Education visits, visits to rest homes and other general business around our district. We are happy that this donation has enabled us to build a stronger relationship with our local Toyota dealer, who is providing further support to our Centre and other Centres in our region."

Toyota New Zealand is committed to supporting important causes and helping to foster talent nationwide. By donating the use of their vehicles for one year, Toyota aims to help New Zealand charities deliver their services into local communities.

"There are a lot of organisations doing great work in our Kiwi communities but often they don’t have the funding or resources they need," says Steve Prangnell, Toyota New Zealand General Manager. "We believe in trying to make a difference, so we are lending a hand by providing cars."

The Toyotas donated to SPCA Hokitika and SPCA BullerToyota’s donation could not have come at a better time for SPCA New Zealand. "The use of vehicles is so crucial in allowing SPCA Centres to attend to animal welfare concerns in their areas," says Robyn Kippenberger, SPCA New Zealand National Chief Executive.

"We have to do our best with the resources we have available. Some of our Centres were using cars that really were on their last legs, and because our first priority with any funding we receive is to direct it towards helping our animals, funding for replacement vehicles would have been difficult to find."

"We’re so thankful for Toyota’s amazing generosity. We’re now able to make sure our team can continue carrying out their vital work in their communities."

Toyota New Zealand has helped to make a real difference to the SPCA’s dedicated team across the country, all of whom work tirelessly in often difficult situations as they strive to deliver the best world for our animals.

The 25 recipients of the SPCA’s brand new Toyota vehicles were:

SPCA Saving Lives Ambassador, Sara Elliott-Warren
SPCA Bay of Islands
SPCA Buller
SPCA Central Hawkes Bay
SPCA Fielding & Districts
SPCA Gisborne
SPCA Golden Bay
SPCA Gore & Districts
SPCA Hastings & Districts
SPCA Hawkes Bay
SPCA Hokitika
SPCA Horowhenua
SPCA Kaitaia
SPCA Kawerau
SPCA Marlborough
SPCA Motueka
SPCA North Taranaki
SPCA Rotorua
SPCA South Waikato
SPCA Te Kuiti
SPCA Thames
SPCA Turangi
SPCA Waihi
SPCA Wairarapa
SPCA Whangarei