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Assisting an Enterprising Community

Fred Lewis, Managing Director of the Enterprise Motor Warehouse Group should need no introduction. He is pictured donating a cheque of $28,000 to the Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club No 2 Shed Project, and as a keen fisherman himself, he participates in many competitions, taking to the water on his boat C Crazy, as often as possible. The Enterprise Group, which employs a hundred and twenty people in the North Island, with forty eight full time staff in Gisborne, is well known nationally, and their financial contribution to our community is outstanding.

After playing rugby in the Waikato, where he comes from, it is only natural that Fred supports the game both locally, and in the East Coast. Last year a car to the value of $30,000 was to be the lucky reward of the person who picked the correct score against the visiting Western Samoa team playing Poverty Bay. Unfortunately there was no lucky person and the car went wanting!

A keen player of golf, as well as being an avid supporter, both local mens and womens tournaments have often been the recipient of donated prize money from Enterprise. Gisborne City Soccer Club benefited by $60,000 over a period of three years enabling them to play in the National League and without this kind of sponsorship, it would not have been possible for them to participate at this level.

The swimming community of Gisborne were able to train in a heated pool, the first in this community, thanks to the generosity once again, of Fred Lewis and the Enterprise Group, who donated $100,000 to the Enterprise Aquatic Centre, which has proved to be very successful, as it has allowed our young swimmers to be competitive all year round instead of having to wait for the warmer weather, as they did previously.

The Enterprise Charitable Trust leased the old Brewery in Aberdeen Road, appropriately renaming it The Enterprise Community Centre, which has enabled local schools and clubs to practise their various sports and hobbies with freedom and space. One such club to have enjoyed many successes from the availability of these facilities, is the Gisborne Trampoline Club.

However, the sporting community does not receive all of Fred's generosity, with the S.P.C.A. being sponsored over a period of two years for a sum of $20,000, which surely pleased all animals and animal lovers - a great cause.

The Enterprise Group has four car yards in N Z, which makes Fred one of the biggest car dealers in the country.

Being a very astute businessman, Fred Lewis can be very proud of the fact that the Enterprise Lower Hutt Branch won an award in June of this year for being the Top Car Yard for friendliness and service, with Enterprise Manukau winning the Top Business award in the City a few months back. The Gisborne dealership remains the market leader in this district and in June of last year saw the opening of a new Parts and Workshop which ammalgamated all divisions into a one site dealership. Enterprise Nissan has been a finalist in the National Nissan Dealership over the last two years. Holden sales and market share have also increased significantly in this district. Gisborne is fortunate to have such a benefactor. As Fred says...

"You make your money out of it, so why shouldn't it go back into the community".

Photo courtesy of Eastland Sun

Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club representatives Publicity Officer Roger Faber & Club President Hilton Webb being presented the cheque from Enterprise Warehouse Group Managing Director Fred Lewis & New Vehicle Sales Manager Mark Kingsbeer.