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Giving back to our community

As a business, Twentymans has committed itself to our community for longer than any other funeral business in New Zealand. We proudly strive to take care of our dead and our living, with support that crosses generations.

Our commitment comes in the form of financial donations as well as affording the community-minded staff at Twentymans time to freely give to church groups, emergency services, sports groups, music groups and more. We take joy in giving back to those that care about our community, through our sponsorship of events that lift the human spirit and keep meaningful traditions alive.

This includes the Thames Races, organised annually by the volunteer-driven Thames Jockey Club, and the Muddy River Golf Tournament among others.

Thames Jockey Club

The Thames Races provide entertainment for people when they need something to look forward to, and bring people together for a family-oriented picnic meeting in the outdoors – an increasingly rare tradition that draws people from all over the country as well as locals. “Twentymans are a generous and committed sponsor, and Adrian gets behind things in the town. The racing club needs sponsorship as much as anything else to keep going, and he’s supported us for six years now and we don’t take it for granted. Twentymans staff also take part by joining in race meetings,” – Jim McConnell, Secretary Thames Jockey Club.

Letter received January 2017:

“On behalf of the committee I wish to sincerely thank you for your support to the Thames Jockey Club. The club was devastated when the meeting was again abandoned on the 3rd of January for the second year, however we were very pleased to be offered a second opportunity on the 8th of January. Even though this wasn’t as successful due to most of the holiday makers having left the area, the club still had a good day and this was largely due to all the sponsors remaining onboard to support the club. We cannot thank you enough for the support you have given, especially over the last two years, and we thoroughly enjoy hosting you and your guests on the day. The club is looking forward to next year being the club’s 150th anniversary, and the committee are already coming up with ideas to make this day extra special. We wish you all the best for the coming year.” – Jen Evans, General Manager.

A Place at the Table Trust

We enjoy sponsorship of “A Place at the Table” at Christmas time, a free event at the St James Church Hall (reservations required) that gives people who might otherwise be alone at Christmas the opportunity to have a proper Christmas lunch amid caring company.

Muddy River Golf Tournament

A 10-year tradition previously held over three days and now just one, Twentymans has supported this tournament of Te Aroha, Paeroa and Thames golf veterans since the start with the Dead Last Place award and generous grocery hamper. “Adrian comes through with the hearse and all the Twentymans crew come to the dinner. Adrian’s speech is always the highlight, the Twentymans crew dress up and park the hearse outside, and with a little wooden casket with ashes as the trophy. It’s old man’s fun, nothing serious, and it’s a highlight of the tournament to have that prizegiving,” - Merv Cunningham and Billy Rendall (organisers of the Muddy River Golf Tournament).

Thames Volunteer Fire Brigade

"On behalf of the Thames Volunteer Fire Brigade I wish to sincerely thank your company Twentymans Funeral Services Ltd  for the generous donation of $500 that we received for our recent fundraising event, a family fishing competition. The day was a huge success and it wouldn’t have been at all possible without sponsorship from organisations such as yours. We have had fantastic feedback from sponsors, participants and brigade members alike, showing that the competition brought people together for a fun, safe day out on the water. The fishing competition is our major fundraiser and we have been overwhelmed by the sponsorship we have received. We are hoping to make this an annual event, making it bigger and better each year and hoping to bring people to Thames." - Siobhan Flanigan, Secretary Thames Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Thames Coast Branch of the King’s Empire Veterans

"On behalf of the Thames Coast Branch of the King’s Empire Veterans, I would like to express our appreciation for your sponsorship of the King’s Empire Veterans National Bowling Tournament held on 21 – 23 November 2016 at the Thames Coast Bowling Club. This year the event attracted 18 teams from as far north as Kaitaia making up the mix. We are very proud to host this tournament and expose the visitors to our Thames Coast hospitality. Once again we thank you for your continuing sponsorship and interest in the veteran community. I very much appreciate your support for both this tournament and our one day tournament held in February annually. Without your generous support, small organisations such as ours would have difficulty in holding events of this nature."-          Grant Box, President.

Sponsored by Twentymans

Thames Croquet club (and Paeroa)

All Bowling Clubs around the Peninsula/Hauraki Plains/Paeroa (quite a few) – tournament days and games

RSA bowling tournaments

RSA Clubs when asked and we supply the Thames RSA with Rum on Anzac Day


St John Ambulance (when asked) and all over the Peninsula

Cancer (NZ) - appeals

Food Bank – bulk donation at Christmas Time (Thames)

SPCA - Thames

Animal Rescue – Thames (and donate all printing for the monthly newsletters)

SPCA Cupcake Day – supply and bake cupcakes

Thames High School –school teams

Thames South School and picked up a shortfall for some students attending camp/marae visit

Thames South School – Kitchen opening and donation towards stocking kitchen spice cupboard

Moanataiari School – car seats

Individual school pupils – donation to help them in their sport, including Thames High School Students

Thames Sports rugby club - Golden Oldies rugby team - major sponsor

Thames Jockey club - sponsor race - major sponsor

Muddy River Golf tournament - Dead last prize - major sponsor

Thames Coastguard

The services Ball

Thames fire brigade - fishing comp - major sponsor

Grahamstown Gazette

Mind Games weekend

Pipes and Drums (Paeroa) - Patron

Choral Society

Thames ATC name badges

Thames ATC Flying scholarships

Arts Society (Thames)

Dog walk tracks (Thames – supply/donate water bowl/bag dispensors etc)

Free use of Paeroa Chapel to community groups

Church – St Georges – donation of printing throughout year

St Georges Players – donation of printing and leaflets throughout year

Choral Society – donation of printing and leaflets/programmes throughout year

Staff mufti day – staff donate money from weekly mufti days to St John, Cancer, Disabled

Sports – appeals which come into the front of the funeral home

Staff community service

Adrian allows his staff ‘community service’ – where a staff member is allowed time off to go and be of help in the community. For example, Chris was serving St Johns as a volunteer on their management board, and it would take up to four days a month.

Kate does church work, and Adrian sponsors church printing.

Place at the table

Twentymans is behind this trust which provides a free community lunch for anyone with nowhere to go on Christmas Day. Twentymans underwrite the event.