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Bowater Toyota Eco Fund

141126-ecofund-boardThe Bowater Toyota environmental champions responsible for the Eco Fund. Sandie Horne, Chris Westley & Tony Bowater. Click photo to enlarge. 

Bowater Toyota are in a wonderful position of being able to support local, environmentally based community groups to do their much needed work. Every year the team of environmental champions at Bowater Toyota have the pleasure of finding and presenting often much needed funds to these groups, or group depending on the end result of the selection process.

All of the branches of Bowater Toyota have got Vehicle Battery Recycling Stations set up in the reception area of the service departments. We encourage all of our customers to drop off any old, unused or damaged vehicle batteries to us and we will arrange for them to be recycled.
We accept any kind of vehicle battery, car, motorcycle or truck - they can all be saved from poisoning the local environment by being sent for recycling.

Every time we do this the recycling company pay us for the batteries as they collect them from us, and 100% of the money goes into a separate Bowater Toyota ECO FUND, which we then distribute to local environmentally focused charities. 


If you want to learn more about the process of battery recycling click here to go to the Bowater Toyota environmental section.

When it comes to environmental causes across the board the Bowater Motor Group are keen supporters. We are also very focused on the impact our collective businesses make and have approved environmental policies in place to make sure we actively manage any and all risk factors.

Follow our journey in this section of the website as we shine a light on some of these organisations that work hard in various aspects of the community. Take the time to learn about what these groups do, how you can be involved, and how you can help us help them. Please support our iniatives by dropping off your batteries to us.

Our inagural 2012 EcoFund Winners: The Nelson SPCA

After a great couple of weeks of sharing the Bowater's Eco Fund message a clear winner has emerged in the battle for the first round of $1000 funding.

The Nelson SPCA did a wonderful job of motivating their social network to log onto our Bowater Motor Group Facebook page to share and like the SPCA poster.

This afternoon we had the pleasure of presenting the Nelson SPCA with a cheque for $1000 courtesy of the Bowater's Eco Fund for 2012 - a fund made entirely possible by the collection of faulty, used or waste vehicle batteries for recycling that would otherwise end up in the tip causing untold environmental damage for generations to come.

ecofund winnersSPCA Shelter Manager Donna Walzl receives a $1000 Cheque from Bowater Toyota CEO Tony Bowater.

The first round of the Bowater's Eco Fund has been very rewarding with a fantastic response from the Facebook community. It shows that the community spirit is certainly alive and well, even on Facebook, and that if donation based charities are proactive with local business, good things can happen! It has been our pleasure to share the Eco Fund money out, but this is far from a one off event - we are already planning the second round of funding!

How the EcoFund Competition works - the rules....

1206-ecofund-teaser250A little while back on Facebook we asked for worthy charities to be nominated for this first round of the Eco Fund Donation.
A list was made and the search began for a range of local Charity groups that were working on ecological projects to do with caring for the environment, or caring for at risk animals and / or nature. We needed to find charities that had a well established Facebook presence to make this work; afterall we are running this donation stage of the whole project via Facebook so the charity needed to have a page!

Once we got our list the charities were contacted and now here we are with the competition to give away the first round of funding, $1000, to one of the charities via your votes on Facebook.

These charities are:
The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
The Nelson SPCA
The Nelson Ark

We have built a photo album < click here > on Facebook and uploaded an image for each of the charities ready for your vote in the form of a simple LIKE. The Eco Fund Donation Round 1 competition closes at 9am on Monday 13th August, with the winner announced at 7pm Monday 13th August on our main Facebook page.

facebook-like-580The concept is pretty simple, you just have to LIKE the poster of the charity you wish to support to register a vote. If you also LIKE the BowaterMotorGroup Facebook page as well, then your vote is automatically doubled!

The trick is that the votes only count if the LIKE is placed within the Bowater Motor Group Eco Fund album. If you share the poster of the charity you wish to promote you must remember to tell your friends to click on the image and LIKE the poster once it opens, not to just LIKE your own post! We see this happen time and time again, and it seems to be quite hard for some to understand, so make it clear if you want your friends votes to count.

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