Local schools are big winners as Auckland Airport backs vaccination drive

19 October 2021

Three South Auckland schools have each won $20,000 prizes through Auckland Airport’s ‘Doing It For Each Other’ vaccination campaign.

The winning schools, Flat Bush School, Alfriston College and Aorere College, will each receive a grant made up of $10,000 of stationery from Warehouse Stationery and $10,000 cash from money donated by travellers at Auckland Airport.

More than 20,000 people who were vaccinated at the airport’s Park & Ride vaccination centre during the three-week campaign that ended on 6 October had the chance to vote for the South Auckland school of their choice. Members of the public were also able to win spot prizes after getting vaccinated.

Throughout the $200,000 ‘Doing It For Each Other’ campaign, more than 1800 individual prizes were won.

Auckland Airport General Manager Corporate Services Mary-Liz Tuck said it was heartening to see the community supporting South Auckland schools and helping to spread the vaccination message.

“This campaign was about Kiwi businesses trying something new to support the vaccination drive. Vaccination has always been the pathway through the pandemic and we were really pleased with the way the business community rallied together to bring the ‘Doing It For Each Other’ campaign to life,” she said.

The Warehouse Group Chief Executive Officer Nick Grayston said he was delighted to donate $30,000 in school supplies from Warehouse Stationery, and to play its part in encouraging Kiwis to get vaccinated.

“We are so pleased to be able to support New Zealand’s vaccination drive and the work being done at Auckland Airport, and we are thrilled to be able to make a difference to the students at Flat Bush School, Alfriston College and Aorere College by providing school stationery equipment.”

Flat Bush School (FBS) principal Banapa Avatea said the $20,000 grant package would be a great help in the classrooms. “This has made my lockdown! It’s so great for our learners and our community – and it’s wonderful to know that the grant came about as part of the vaccination drive. Thank you to all of our FBS whānau and friends for supporting our school. Vaccination takes care of our community today, and education helps our kids in the future.”

As part of the campaign, South Auckland schools also went into a draw for 1 of 3 new Haier Cooking Packages (including 3 Cooking Stations for their school) and a Haier Cooking and Nutrition Programme to support kids learning to cook. These packages were won by Wiri Central School, Opaheke School and Hingaia Peninsula School.

A prize package of $5,000 cash, plus $5,000 worth of Haier whiteware for the best social media campaign supporting vaccination was won by a team from James Cook High School, which you can watch here: https://fb.watch/8tV5K4Kz1t/

The ‘Doing it for Each Other’ campaign was supported by The Warehouse, Spark, Torpedo7, Noel Leeming, Warehouse Stationery, Pullman Rotorua, Vodafone, TheMarket.com, Haier, Facebook, 2degrees, Sky Television, Sofitel Wellington, Foodstuffs, Russell McVeagh, Fletcher Construction and Mountain Jade.

To date, more than 100,000 people have been vaccinated at the Auckland Airport Park & Ride vaccination centre. Auckland Airport has also loaned public-health workers six Park & Ride buses to take vaccinators out into community.