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Beaut Utes and SUVs day saves shopping around

Organiser Geoff Mathis says the day will be fun for family. Photo: John Borren/SunLive.

When it comes to buying a car comparing different brands can be time consuming and require a lot of travelling.

Papamoa Rotary has come up with a solution for anyone looking for a ute or SUV with their Beaut Ute's and SUV Whanau Fun Day.

On Sunday from 10am until 3pm people can head to Soper Reserve in Mount Maunganui to check out over 70 vehicles from 20 different brands.

Organiser Geoff Mathis from Papamoa Rotary got the idea because he comes from a farming background and never had the time to shop around when he needed a new ute.

“I thought well why don’t we bring them all into one site so I can put a cross against those that I am not interested in and focus on those that am I am.

“It's going to be a fun day, it’s an opportunity for families come out for a couple of hours while mum and dad have a wander around.

“There's an opportunity for them to come and compare price, quality, style, legroom all the things we individuals want in a vehicle all in one site.”

The day isn’t just about trucks and SUVs there will be a bouncy castle and face painting for children, a relax tent if you need down time and musician Ra Costelloe will be playing from 12pm to 3pm.

Rotary will also be running a raffle during the day with first prize a $4800 Tool Kit from Placemakers, second prize is a $1750 accommodation package at Lakeview Lodge Karipiro and third prize is a flight in a Boeing Stearman biplane and a family pass to the Classic Flyers museum.

The event is gold coin entry and all profits are going to three charities chosen by rotary, I am Hope, Live for More and the Papamoa Hills Community Project.

Geoff says Papamoa hills project was chosen because the hills need development and rotary has already started by planting natives.

Live for More is a surf therapy programme to engage young people who may not respond to typical intervention.

I am Hope is a youth and community focused support group run by The Key to Life Charitable Trust, started by Mike King.

The charity provides free mental health counselling for young people as well as promoting a positive change in schools and communities.

Geoff say the focus is as much about the charities they’re raising money for as it is the utes and SUVs.

He says the day is the first that’s ever been done in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato and possibly the first in New Zealand.

“There’s about 33 new motor vehicle franchises in New Zealand and we’ve got two thirds of them and over 70 vehicles here on Sunday.”

For more information about Beaut Ute's and SUV Whanau Fun Day visit the Facebook page.

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