Southland store vies for NZ award

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Southern Mobility owner Sonya Cunningham (right) and office support Alison McDermott welcome customers. Photo: Petrina Wright

THE call is going out for Southlanders to support Invercargill’s Southern Mobility as it vies to be the winner of a new national accessibility award.

The mobility aid store has been nominated for the inaugural Access Alliance People’s Choice Accessibility Award for Business, recognising New Zealand businesses and organisations leading the way in providing an environment which was accessible for people with access needs.

Southern Mobility owner Sonya Cunningham said it was an honour to be nominated alongside some large, mostly North Island-based businesses, such as The Warehouse Group, Westfield Newmarket and Sudima Hotels.

They had been surprised by the nomination, so much so they initially thought the email informing them of the nomination was spam, she said.

Ms Cunningham credited her staff for the nomination.

“The staff on the front counter deserve to be highlighted for the great work they do out there.”

Until February 7, the public could vote for the winners in each category. The nominee with the most votes would be named the overall winner.

“It is an honour to be nominated, but a win would certainly be a feather in Southern Mobility’s cap,” Ms Cunningham said.

“To do this, we need everyone to get out there and vote for us.”

The winners would be presented with their awards by Carmel Sepuloni, the Minister for Disability Issues at a function in Auckland on February 21.

The Access Alliance was a movement comprising of organisations from the disability sector and partners who supported organisations representing people with access needs.

The group was lobbying the New Zealand Government to introduce legislation to ensure people with disabilities could fully participate in their communities and the New Zealand economy and society benefited from disabled people’s contributions.

To vote for Southern Mobility go to www.accessalliance.org.nz/peoples–choice–awards.

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