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Craggy Range winery packs the bus

South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen, district council staff, and other helpers collect parcels for the Pack The Bus campaign. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Martinborough winery Craggy Range teamed up with South Wairarapa District Council to Pack The Bus on Thursday.

Tranzit’s Christmas coach made a special stop at Craggy Range’s Te Muna vineyard to pick up 800 gifts for Wairarapa families in need.

For the second year in a row, Craggy Range has been on board to support the initiative.

The company provided 800 Santa sacks filled with educational gifts, including a backpack, books, sporting ball and stationery, helping equip kids for the new school year.

Wairarapa’s food banks will distribute the sacks and other donated gifts.

South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen said the company had stepped up again.

“The kindness towards Wairarapa whanau who have experienced hardship will make a huge difference, especially after such a difficult year.

“On behalf of the three Wairarapa districts, I would like to thank you for your ongoing generosity and commitment towards such a great cause.”

Craggy Range general manager Aaron Drummond said supporting the community was a vital part of their business.

“Supporting our community is a key pillar for us as a business. In 2018, we launched our ‘A Children’s Christmas’ Foundation to make a difference to the lives of children experiencing hardship across the communities where we farmed.

“We now have more vineyard area in Martinborough than Hawke’s Bay, so it is absolutely critical for us through our Children’s Foundation to support fantastic local initiatives like Pack the Bus.”

Pack the Bus Wairarapa is an initiative among Tranzit, Masterton, Carterton, and South Wairarapa district councils, Mitre 10 MEGA, Property Brokers Wairarapa, and Wairarapa’s More FM.

Next stops for Pack the Bus Wairarapa

Tomorrow: Mitre 10 MEGA, Masterton, 10am to 3pm

December 8: Wairarapa Times-Age, Masterton, 1.30pm

Drop-off points:

  • Masterton District Council, 161 Queen St, Masterton
  • Tranzit Coachlines, 316 Queen St, Masterton
  • Carterton District Council, Holloway St, Carterton
  • South Wairarapa District Council, Kitchener St, Martinborough
  • Mitre 10 MEGA, Ngaumutawa Rd, Masterton
  • The Hive CA, 296 Queen St, Masterton
  • Wairarapa Times Age, cnr Chapel and Perry Sts, Masterton
  • More FM Wairarapa, 443 Queen St, Masterton
  • Any Property Brokers office

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