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Homeless Brian and dog Luga need a van to live in and get around

  • Getting very close now people...

      18 January 2022

    We've looked at quite a few vans now, someone even drove theirs down from Auckland to Raglan to show us and Brian, super kind of you guys, and another from Hastings offering to meet us half way. Lots of goodwill here from people wanting their vans to go to a good cause. We have a great option at Te Awamutu and we'll be picking that up on Monday and driving it to Raglan for Joel from Direct Tech to give it a pre-purchase check and for Brian to test it out - keep you posted on the results of that. Photo's to come. We are almost at our target and so great work team NZ for such generosity and kindness. Regards Rob

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  • Still looking for the right vehicle

      14 January 2022

    This process is taking longer than we originally thought, finding the right vehicle is a challenge and so far most of them have too much rust to accept. We've got some options to look at in the coming week or so and we are still hoping to close this out for Brian by the end of January. Thanks again to you kind supporters - Regards Rob

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  • Another let down..

      9 January 2022

    Unfortunately the boys down South have lets us down and that van is no longer available. We are looking at another possibly in Auckland this week and so hopefully, finally, we are getting somewhere closer to securing a deal. Keep you posted, thanks again to those who have given a little. Kind regards Rob

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  • We might have a Van

      3 January 2022

    We've been chatting with Jack on the South Island who had a great looking van listed on Facebook Marketplace - he's assured us that this one is in top condition throughout and he's going to drive it to Raglan in a couple of weeks. All going well we'll have a really good outcome on this project. Brian has seen the pictures and he's excited, its got everything he's imagined :) Thank you all again. Well done. Cheers Rob

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  • Auckland Van option no good team, sorry.

      30 December 2021

    We travelled to Auckland this morning to look at the van we thought would be perfect for Brian and Luga but unfortunately it was not up to standard. Too much rust that had been poorly repaired...so back to the search. Put the word out team and let's see what shows up. Stay safe over the new year celebrations - catch you all again in 2022. Kind regards Rob

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  • New goal set to complete the fund raise and get this show on the road

      28 December 2021

    We are almost there now team NZ, just a few dollars more and we can complete this project. We need to arrange for some additional items such as a dog bed for Luga, some new bedding for Brian, a two burner gas stove and bottle, some cookware and folding table and two chairs. Hoping to have all completed and handed over to Brian and Luga by the end of January. Kind regards Rob

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    • 29/12/2021 by Linley

      I have a big dog bed - let’s know where we can drop it off.

  • Good news - the van is on hold for us

      26 December 2021

    I've spoken with the owner and the Van is being held for a test drive on Thursday the 30th. We'll get an AA report on it as well and I've spoken with Joel and Karen from Direct Tech in Raglan who'll also give it a once over. Additionally, I've arranged with Peter Williams from Raglan engineering to help with some minor mods to the rear setup to make it more fit-for-purpose for Brian and Luga. I also need to point out that the Give-a-little team take 5% of the amount raised to cover their costs of running the platform so we are still just a bit short of what we need to secure this deal. Hope you all had a great Christmas, I'll keep you posted on our progress. Kind regards Rob

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  • Reached our Goal - thank you all.

      22 December 2021

    I've taken the cap off the goal now in case some others still would like to give-a-little. Merry Christmas New Zealand.

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  • Waikato news crew this morning

      22 December 2021
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  • 12,000 !!!

      22 December 2021
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    Amazing Raglan community and team New Zealand. We just had a news crew here for 2 hours interviewing Brian so watch the Waikato times. What a great outcome - now we start the search for the Van. Toyota HiAce long Wheel Base in great condition ready for a fit-out or already with some basic fit-out that we can customise. Thank you all...

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  • Wow! $10,000

      20 December 2021

    When I put this page up a couple of weeks ago it felt like a long-shot. I learned just today that Brian sleeps in the front seat so his dog can stretch out in the back of the old Subaru wagon. All your kindness and generosity will make such a massive difference to Brian and Luga's quality of life. Bless you all. Rob

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  • Amazing generosity - thank you all soo much.

      20 December 2021

    I've increased the goal to 12k so we'll have some more cash to do a better job in fitting out Brians van, like adding some drinking water storage for Brian and Luga and make it a bit more comfortable inside.

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  • A thank you from Brian and Luga

      20 December 2021
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    See attached image - taken this morning.

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    • 21/12/2021 by Anne

      You’re a good man Brian looking after your little mate. And thanks to Rob for getting the ball rolling. Merry Christmas to you all . Anne

  • Fund raise update #1

      20 December 2021

    Wonderful response from all of you so far, very encouraging. I've shared the news with Brian and he's excited with the prospect of his new van becoming a reality. Great work New Zealand. Kind regards Rob

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