Mitre 10 announced it plans to provide $50,000 support to community DIY projects across the country as part of its new Mitre 10 Helping Hands program.
The New Zealand-based retailer is asking Kiwis to nominate DIY projects in their communities that need makeovers or a bit of a helping hand, an example would be the local rugby club needing a new deck or a school needing a new slide, and it will provide support and practical hands-on help.
“It’s all about supporting kiwis and their communities,” the company said.
To nominate a project, Mitre 10 said Kiwis should complete a form on its site.
Nominations will close on August 9 and projects will be shortlisted for public online voting August 12-19. The winning project(s) will be announced on August 24 and completed by September 20.
According to Mitre 10, the concept is not new and actually started in Nelson four years ago when Mitre 10 Mega Nelson CEO Brandon Beveridge came up with the idea to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. Now, it is being introduced nationwide.
“Our biggest learning over the years is that community projects knit communities together,” said Jules Lloyd-Jones, Mitre 10 NZ chief of Customer Marketing & Inspiration. “Our team members get so much out of volunteering their time and energy to help people in our community that we now have waiting lists for upcoming projects.”
Lloyd-Jones said it is not just the Mitre 10 team who are willing to help. Suppliers and local trade customers have also asked when the next one is happening.
“Even our customers get involved – one lady brought freshly baked scones along to one project for morning tea for our volunteers.”