Orange businesses who donated money and equipment to help community and sporting events, clubs and programs have been nominated for a new Australia Day award.
On Friday one of five nominees will win the award for Business Philanthropy.
The crew at Kennards Hire donate the use of equipment and staff to enable events across Orange to occur.
Manager Charlie Wollaston said it included providing vehicles, marquees and power generators for the Australia Day events in Cook Park.
Mr Wollaston said it also provided generators, lighting towers and message boards for the New Year’s Eve fireworks, toilets and facilities for Luminosity, facilities for the Orange FOOD Week and Wine Festival and equipment for mountain bike racing at Kinross State Forest and other events.
They also make donations including vouchers to help out community groups.
“Depending on the case, we are not a free for all, we will do it all [for free], or we will offer a significant discount,” he said.
West Orange Motors has also been nominated for the award with the nomination form stating the company donated to many events.
“[They include] involvement in Anson Street School, Orange High School, the Banjo Paterson Memorial and many other community events,” it said.
“Always unheralded and anonymously.”
The nomination information for Tony Leahey Ford said the firm supported many events.
“[It is] a long term supporter of sports teams in Orange, Orange Museum and numerous other community events,” it said.
The nomination form for John Davis Motors said the firm backed its community.
“[It provides] endless support for community groups and event, such as the Orange Running Festival, numerous rallies and Tractor Trek where it sponsored two tractors,” it said.
“[It] also sponsored Care West Lodge construction and the cancer unit.
“It spends on average $80,000 in community sponsorship and support.”
Ashcroft’s Super IGA’s nomination form said it supported local suppliers, the Orange Food Van, the breakfast program for Bowen Public School, the RSPCA and Riding for the Disabled.
“In many circumstances, a lot of the community events would not occur without their support,” it said.