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Hyundai Revs Up Support For Children With Cancer

Hyundai Revs Up Support For Children With Cancer

The Child Cancer Foundation’s platinum sponsor, Hyundai Motors NZ, is ramping up support for kids with cancer and challenging other Kiwis to do the same.

Hyundai, one of New Zealand’s fastest growing vehicle brands, has pledged to support the charity’s key fundraising initiatives, including the Child Cancer Foundation Annual Appeal which takes place between 10 and 16 March.

Executive Director, Hyundai Motors NZ, Philip Eustace, says, “We’re delighted and proud to be helping out the Child Cancer Foundation and we are hopeful that Hyundai can help to make Appeal Week 2008 the most successful to date. Many of our staff members throughout our dealer network will be out on the streets collecting funds during the week and encouraging others to help support the charity in its valuable work.”

As well as assisting with Appeal Week costs, Hyundai is auctioning off the Hyundai ‘Wheels of Courage’ Santa Fe vehicle and a 2008 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour shirt, signed by Daniel Kereopa, with all proceeds going towards helping children and their families affected by childhood cancer.

The Hyundai ‘Wheels of Courage’ initiative began in Auckland in 2007, and since then, the Santa Fe vehicle has road-tripped its way around the North and South Island collecting handprints of courageous kids with cancer. During this time, more than 100 children have made their mark on the vehicle, including 5 year old Petra Hancock, the face of the Foundation’s 2008 Appeal.

The auction on TradeMe starts on Tuesday 4th March and runs until 9pm on Friday 14th March. Hyundai’s special online store also includes the 2008 Pro Longboard Tour shirt, signed by Daniel Kereopa one of New Zealand’s greatest pro surfers and winner of the 2007 Hyundai Pro Longboard Tour, as well as the 2007 NZ Hyundai Nationals.

All New Zealanders have the opportunity to make this special car and Longboard shirt their own by bidding on the site.

“We are confident that the TradeMe auction will help raise considerable funds for the Foundation; we want this auction to be an exciting and high bidding one, we are hopeful that we can encourage kind-hearted Kiwis help us raise as much money as possible for the Child Cancer Foundation”, Eustace says.

Child Cancer Foundation Marketing Manager, Olivia Blaylock says, “We can not thank Hyundai enough for coming on-board and so willingly helping us out. We believe, with their support, we can make 2008 our best fundraising year to date and continue to help make the lives of families who are facing childhood cancer that little bit easier.”

The auction will follow standard TradeMe Terms and Conditions. The hand prints are screen-printed transfers and can easily be removed for the successful bidder if they so wish.

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About Child Cancer Foundation:

The Child Cancer Foundation is a not-for profit charity that provides practical and emotional support to children with cancer, their families, and the health professionals who care for them. The Foundation supports 22 branches throughout the country and receives no government funding, or funding from other cancer support agencies. The Foundation provides support for health professionals and contributes financially to research initiatives. It also focuses on providing support and information to families upon diagnosis and throughout their journey with cancer. The Child Cancer Foundation works as advocates on behalf of both specific individuals and all families suffering childhood cancer. The vision is that no child or their family walking the childhood cancer journey, should ever feel alone.

About Hyundai Motors NZ: Hyundai is the sixth largest automaker in 2006, selling in 193 countries and employing 50,000 people. Hyundai New Zealand has experienced significant growth over the past four years and sits sixth in 2007 for the greatest number of passenger vehicles sold. Hyundai New Zealand has numerous new locations among its 23 dealerships.

Worldwide Hyundai was the sixth largest automaker in 2006, selling in 193 countries and employing 50,000 people. Forty years old, Hyundai has targeted customer satisfaction as its 2007 keynote, part of the brand's overall aim to become global quality leader.

Hyundai is a committed sponsor of sports and cultural organisations in New Zealand and worldwide. See For further information about Hyundai vehicles in New Zealand, including high resolution images and an archive of press releases, log onto the dedicated Hyundai Media website at

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