Santa's Christmas Trees charity fundraiser begins again
There's a chance of an early Christmas windfall for one charity or good cause - provided they can get enough votes.
Cedar Lodge Nurseries owners Luke Webster and Pip McVicar are again running the Santa's Christmas Trees charity fundraiser competition on Facebook and are looking at giving away close to $3000.
"We bought the business in 2011 and we both decided this was a good way to give back to the community," McVicar said.
"If it's a good cause or for someone who needs a hand, then that's why it's here.
"This is all about community spirit."
The nominations and voting can only be done online through the Santa's Christmas Trees facebook page and Christmas trees will go on sale on November 25.
McVicar said the $3000 was enough to make a real difference to the winner.
But the winner didn't just get the money on offer either, the online contest also helped raise awareness for all the charities.
"It's really good exposure and whoever wins we will be able to help promote as well," McVicar said.
"There's also a chance to get extra fundraising opportunities as people can do sausage sizzles on our busy weekends."
Voting for the competition opened on September 5 and runs through to October 5. The winner will be drawn on October 6.
McVicar said they had already received some nominations despite the competition only running for a few days and a couple of options were already proving popular.
"There's so many good causes and it's sad someone has to miss out," McVicar said.
McVicar said people could nominate and vote for any good cause as long as it was operating within the Taranaki boundary.
Last year the competition was won by Taranaki Neonatal Trust, but previous winners include Little Fighter's Trust and North Taranaki SPCA.