Caltex is proud to sponsor the Starship Foundation charity, which provides additional equipment, support and help to staff, patients and families of Starship Children’s Hospital.
We provide StarCash fuel vouchers to the Foundation’s army of volunteers. These volunteers help in the playrooms, classrooms, toy library, Radio Lollipop, information desk, and act as Hospital Grandparents to provide regular caring support for children when families cannot be with them all the time, if they’re staying for a long time or if they’re from out of town.
Recently, we leveraged the strength of our retail network with a scratch and win promotion to raise more than $100,000 for the Foundation’s national car booster seat safety campaign.
Starship Foundation's innovative Mobile Phone Appeal asks New Zealanders to donate their old mobile phones to help raise money for Starship Children's Hospital. Our StarCard account customers have helped the appeal to raise $500,000 in its first year.
Caltex New Zealand has joined forces with the NZ Transport Agency and the Automobile Association (AA) to help New Zealand’s young drivers develop crucial skills to keep them safe on our roads.
The Community Driver Mentor Programme is a new initiative that places driving mentors with learner drivers – aged 16-24 – to help them prepare for the restricted driver’s licence test and driving safely by themselves.
Car crashes are the single greatest killer of 16-24 year olds and the leading cause of permanent injury, and this programme ultimately aims to turn those statistics around. Through supervising a range of driving experiences over 30 hours, community mentors will seek to foster positive habits in learner drivers, such as overcoming risky impulses and attitudes when driving, which will benefit them throughout their lives.
The Community Driver Mentor Programme has been piloted in Porirua and Te Kuiti with great success. Over 70 students have already completed and attained their restricted licence.
Achieving this first and foremost creates safer driving behaviours but also can create additional employment and study opportunities for students with the ability to drive, often a prerequisite to a job or broadening the area one can work.
Caltex is contributing $100,000 to the two-year programme as part of its commitment to putting driver safety first, funding all the fuel used in the lessons, and is encouraging its staff members and retail station owners to train as mentors.
Since the success of the pilot programmes, a nationwide roll-out is underway, with Gisborne the first location to launch in May and four others in progress in Northland, South Auckland and Christchurch.