Award-winning local company, D.J. Hewitt Builders Ltd, is leading the way when it comes to giving back to the community it’s been a part of for nearly 25 years.
Founder Daryl Hewitt is passionate about making a positive difference in Canterbury, supporting local initiatives, projects and our young people striving for sporting success. When he’s not overseeing one of the region’s leading building companies and its 20 plus crew, he can be found working hard behind the scenes to help people and organisations achieve their goals.
A recent project has been helping with fundraising for the Sumner Volunteer Fire Brigade, which has seen the brigade successfully purchase a new 4WD truck. The list of ongoing sponsorship also continues, with the team noting a long association with New Zealand KartSport Champion Matt Hamilton and his wife Tiffany Chittenden.
Daryl has also supported Tom Alexander, who also came through go-karting and is now racing super utes in Australia, and sponsored James Munro in the Toyota Racing Series. He has also been a main sponsor for the Ferrymead Bays Football Club since 2013, supported Albion Softball, and has sponsored Coast to Coast cyclists. “We like to be involved with people who strive to win and need help,” Daryl explains. “It’s so tough to get ahead and get sponsorship, and I really enjoy watching them grow and giving back to the community; it makes people feel better.”
Following the Christchurch earthquakes, Daryl took on another project close to his heart, to bring a little joy back to the local community he loves so much. By teaming up with Christchurch artist Tony Cribb, known for his iconic Tin Man images, they set about creating signs and posters that covered up the shipping containers lining Peacocks Gallop and at Redcliffs School.“Over the quake period, the kids got the biggest kick out of seeing the Tin Man work, it was huge. I did that to help people’s emotional state after the quake.”
Daryl says as the community starts to get back to normality, they’re as busy as ever, but always looking towards the next job. “As a company, we’re a family. All the sub-trades get together a lot for meetings as a huge group to look at things coming up. We have about 20 on the team and one guy has been with us 24 years.”And, of course, there’s plenty more sponsorship and community-focused plans in the pipeline, so watch this space!