Volunteer patrol wins $41,000 car

02:27, Nov 06 2012
AGAINST THE ODDS: Motueka Community Patrol co-ordinator Stuart Blathwayt receives the key to a new Subaru 2012 XV crossover from NBS branch manager Howie Timms. At right is constable Kyle Abbott.

The Motueka Community Patrol has defied the odds to be the lucky draw winner of a new $41,000 car when it had just begun fundraising to buy a vehicle of its own.

The group of 17 volunteers helps the Motueka police keep an eye on the streets on Friday and Saturday nights, and for the past 4 years since its founding has been using a car lent to it by the Tasman District Council.

With the new Subaru 2012 XV crossover it will mean the group can leave it set up for weekend patrol work rather than having to load and unload the TDC vehicle every week, said the group's co-ordinator Stuart Blathwayt.

The new car would make the patrols job much easier, given the amount of gear the patrol carries, from road cones to lights, he said.

The Target Account Promotion is run throughout the Nelson Building Society's eight branches so the chance of a small not for profit group winning was slim, said NBS Motueka branch manager Howie Timms.

He said Target savings accounts have a total of about $20 million in them, which meant that each $100 in an account would give an account holder a one in 200,000 chance of winning. Motueka Community Patrol has about $2000 in its savings account, giving the group odds of one in 10,000.

"I couldn't have wished for a more deserving recipient of a new car. They are a group of hard working volunteers trying to make our community a safer place, and that is such a great fit with our goal of giving back to the communities where we do business," Mr Timms said.