Eight programmes over the past seven years have raised more than $482,000 for schools and community organisations around New Zealand. The programme enjoyed strong support during the 2017 spring season with over 500 farmers taking part. Any farmer who purchased participating Ballance fertiliser on their PGG Wrightson account, between 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017, could earn $1 per tonne for their local school, Rescue Helicopter or other listed community organisation.
Ruawai JMP Australia Tour were a rural club that received a cheque. PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative, Ria Gunson presented the cheque to Kyla Johnson and Lydia Palmer who run the club, along with pleased members Brayden Johnson and Zach Sterling. Kyla and Lydia would like to thank PGG Wrightson and Ballance Agri-Nutrients for their generous donation. This money is being put towards the 2019 Ruawai JMB Australian Tour.
In conjunction with the Cash for Communities programme an iPad promotion was also run, where the school with the highest number of nominations in the North Island and South Island received 3 Apple iPad Pros each and the school with the second highest umber of nominations in the North Island and South Island received 2 Apple iPad Pros each.
Congratulations to Fairlie Primary School for receiving the highest number of nominations in the South Island. PGG Wrightson Technical Field Representative, Sam Jarrett, Fairlie Store Manger, John Smith, Ballance Agri-Nutrients Regional Sales Manger, Scott Cozens and Nutrient Specialist, Joshua Heney attended a presentation assembly at the school and presented the 3 Apple iPads and cheque to Ginny Neal, Principal at Fairlie Primary School and the two oldest and two youngest pupils. Ginny wanted to say "a huge thank-you to PGG Wrightson and Ballance Agri-Nutrients for supporting schools with your popular Cash for Communities initiative. The iPads are a much welcome addition to our school technology, thank you very much."