From Left: Buzz Bartlett (Bowater Toyota Salesman), Robert Booth (Garin College Boarding Manager), Tony Bowater (Bowater Toyota CEO), Junita Wopereis (Hostel Boarder), Dana Lobb (Hostel Head Girl), John Wopereis (Co-Captain of the hostel), Paul O'Regan (School Captain & Head of Sport).
Garin College is a very busy place. They are a local Richmond Catholic secondary school integrated into the New Zealand State School system, for day students and boarders. They offer a high a high quality education to locals and student boarders from the top of the south, as well as some international students. The hostel cares for 56 students, and as such has got specific needs when it comes to providing a well rounded education, with extra-curricular, out of school hours activities being a high priority. As Garin College's Boarding Manager Robert Booth said to us when they came to pick up their new school van, "A busy boarder is a happy boarder!"
A busy boarder is also a boarder that often needs to be moved from activity to activity in a safe and timely manner. Not to mention the logistics of moving a school of 434 students around to various local events and out of town exchanges.
Towards the end of last year a decision was made to begin upgrading some of the schools fleet of 3 Toyota Mini-vans. Bowater Toyota were more than happy to help Garin College in what ever way they could. Encouraging our youth to drive their dreams is not about getting kids into cars, it is about facilitating youth development wherever we can, and hopefully being a part of enabling the youth of our area to excell and succeed. .