Friday marked Buddy Day, a fun, high profile public participation event, with the serious message…to raise awareness of the issue of child abuse in our community and the role we all have in keeping kids safe.
Groups of ‘Creators’ transformed Buddies which involved children and adult groups turning plain white cardboard cut-outs into little ‘Buddies,’ but with big personalities! They breathed life into the ‘Buddies’ by giving them a name, a face, clothing, a story and a sense of belonging.
On the 26th of October Harcourts Hamilton announced they would gladly accept the invitation to take part in Buddy Day, taking on the role of official ‘Buddy Couriers.’ The team at Monarch Real Estate transported 350 Buddies around the area, delivering Buddies to those who registered to be ‘Buddy Carers’ from Huntly to Tokoroa.
“As a team, we transported the 350 Buddies to carers which is 20 per cent of the reported child abuse cases in this area. We have already said we will be a part of the campaign next year and we look forward to it going national,” said Brian King, Business Owner of Harcourts Hamilton’s Monarch Real Estate.
Brian King got involved personally by caring for a Buddy which he involved in everything real estate, starting lots of conversations to share the Buddy Day message.
“Monarch was asked to be part of this event and we embraced it with open arms. Those of the team who cared for a Buddy took them everywhere; I took mine out for a business lunch and to property auctions for six weeks. It definitely got conversations going, which is the whole point.”
“It was actually a great team builder at the office as well. It made us talk about a lot of issues around the cause and generally opened up conversation channels. ”
Buddy Day was held on Friday the 16th of November.
Attached are pictures of Harcourts’ Business Owner of Monarch Realty Brian King with his Buddy at lunch; Brian King with the 350 Buddies to be couriered around the area; One of the team with their Buddy.