Robin Munch wanted to find a way to help local businesses in his community in Coromandel Town.
The 70-year-old resident wanted to thank Four Square for working during Alert Level 4, but also wanted to support their local cafes that weren’t yet open.
So Munch decided to use it. SOS platform Allows consumers to purchase vouchers from small businesses that they can redeem at a later date. He then handed the vouchers to the workers at Four Square.
Munch said the response was immediate as soon as he posted the idea of ”what’s going on in Coromandel Town” on his Facebook page.
“People were saying it was a great initiative, and they really appreciate it. They said it’s great to be able to do something for those community workers who are doing so much for us.”
The initiative has so far raised 1,200 in vouchers for local essential service workers, as well as cash for small businesses in the city.
David Downs, founder of the SOS initiative, said generosity at the Coromandel show has been seen across the country.
People across the country have bought 2 112,000 worth of business vouchers in this lockdown.
“It’s proving that there are businesses that really need help. It’s also proving that New Zealanders are kind, and they want to help their local business.”
SOS is a charity launched by Downs in the last lockdown to support small businesses that were unable to maintain some cash flow.
In last year’s lockdown, the platform raised 2 2 million for more than 2,500 local businesses.
But the platform was needed more than ever, Downs said, because the lockdown shut down many businesses.
“The thing about this lockdown is all of a sudden. The last lockdown businesses had a few days’ notice and a little more time to think. This time it’s just a ‘boom’ and we’re there, “Downs said.
Downs said the most important thing people can do to help businesses in their communities is not to spend.
“Cash flow is a lifeline for small businesses. Large corporates have large balance sheets and money in the bank, but small businesses survive only on stable cash flow.
“Think about your haircut and other things you can do regularly and keep shopping. The worst case scenario is that we’re out of the lockdown and we go to our local main street and half the shops. “We don’t want that to happen,” Downs said.
Munch is working to ensure that this does not happen with his town strip.
“We all need to do our best. We can thank our essential workers and at the same time we can do so through SOS vouchers because it helps small businesses get what they need now. “Munch said.