Win some cash and support a local charity in The AutoBarn’s Christmas competition

23 Nov 2021

Win some cash and support a local charity in The AutoBarn’s Christmas competition

This year has been a gruelling year financially, especially for those with businesses or families. An extra $1,000 wouldn’t go amiss right about now, especially with the crazy Christmas season just around the corner. 

This is why Louana Skelton - who owns Whitianga vehicle service and repair centre, The AutoBarn, with her husband, Bryan - thought it would be handy to run Christmas competition where all their customers from 22 November to 22 December will be given the opportunity go into a draw to win $1,000 cash along with another $1,000 to donate to a local charity of their choice. 

No minimum spend is required to enter the competition. On 22 December, the winner will be drawn by the Whitianga Police or a local JP. 

“It will be pretty exciting for somebody to receive a $1,000 Christmas bonus,” Louana says. “And I also love the fact that we are able to support a local charity at the same time.”

In the lead up to Christmas last year, The AutoBarn asked people to anonymously nominate someone in need of some financial assistance to pay for the repairs and maintenance their vehicle required. Louana was pleased when a local family was drawn to win four new tyres, a wheel alignment and a full service for free. All of this usually would have come at a hefty price tag.

Louana has lived in Whitianga for the majority of her life and feels a sense of duty “to give back in any way, shape or form” to the community that has supported her in her and her family’s own times of need. “Six years ago, my husband became very ill,” she says. “It was a time in our life where we seriously struggled, but were able to pull through with the support that so many in the community generously gave to us. My husband and I will always strive to lend a hand to those in need, just like everyone did for us back then.” 

The AutoBarn is proudly supporting several volunteer services, schools and clubs in the Mercury Bay Area, including the Whitianga, Kuaotunu and Cooks Beach Volunteer Fire Brigades, Kuaotunu Search and Rescue, the Hot Water Beach surf lifesavers, St John, the Whitianga Lions Club and Whenuakite School. “That’s just what community-based businesses do,” Louana humbly says.

Pictured are Bryan and Louana.