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Having recently cracked the milestone of $4 million in raised funds, the Harcourts Foundation continues to help local communities globally.
Here are just a few of the local organisations who have benefited from the foundation.
Halberg Disability Sports Foundation Junior Disability Games 2016
Nearly 120 athletes, aged eight to 21 competed over three days of sports competition and comradery at Halberg Disability Sport Foundation Junior Disability Games held at the Avantidrome at St Peter’s in Cambridge in April.
The Halberg Junior Disability Games, supported by the Harcourts Foundation, is unique to New Zealand and gives athletes the opportunity to compete at a national level, try new sports, meet other people from around the country and provides a pathway to pursue further sporting goals.
New playground for Snells Beach
Snells Beach Ratepayers and Residents Association are midway through the development of an exciting, challenging and fun playground for local children, as well as visitors to the area.
A donation from Harcourts Tandem Realty, through the Harcourts Foundation, will allow for stage two of construction to go ahead. Equipment will include a seesaw, climbing net, supernova, basketball court and protective surfaces.
Hearing dogs for the deaf
Hearing Dogs NZ is an organisation which trains dogs to provide valuable services to deaf and hearing-impaired people, much as guide dogs provide for blind people.
A donation by Harcourts Taranaki Property Services through the Harcourts Foundation will allow the charity to purchase new dog grooming equipment and plastic igloo kennels to keep the trainee dogs warm in winter.
Learning to swim in Lucknow
Thanks to a donation from Regent Realty through the Harcourts Foundation, Lucknow School in Havelock North can repair their existing pool fence to the required standard, and allow the construction of a shaded area for children.
Helping at-risk youth
The Combined Youth Service Trust aims to identify young people in the community who are at risk of offending and reach out to them before they do.
A donation by Harcourts Blue Fern Realty Limited through the Harcourts Foundation has enabled the continuation of the Koru programme, which teaches life skills and confidence to troubled under-13s. The grant has enabled an AA Defensive Driving Course to assist youth who have come to the attention of police.
Support for women in Rodney
The Women’s Centre in Rodney helps take care of women and their families with no support, on low incomes, or who are experiencing stress and trauma.
Thanks to a donation from Tandem Realty Limited through the Harcourts Foundation, the Women’s Centre will be able to complete a playground and garden area.
Supporting Alzheimers carers in Taranaki
A donation by Harcourts Taranaki Property Specialists through the Harcourts Foundation will allow Alzheimers Taranaki to purchase a further 10 Wandatrak beacons, which provide a means of finding dementia patients who get lost.
Replacement chairs for kindergarten
A donation by Harcourts Taranaki Property Specialists through the Harcourts Foundation will allow the Frankleigh Park Kindergarten to replace old, splintered wooden chairs with new, matching varieties so children can sit and eat together at a shared dining table.
Help for relocating families with sick children
Families from South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania whose children are diagnosed with heart conditions that require life-saving surgery have no choice but to relocate to Melbourne.
Relocation can be anywhere from a two-week period up to many months, placing incredible emotional and financial stress on these families.
HeartKids is a registered health charity dedicated to providing support to such families of children with heart disease, be it congenital (born with) or acquired, so that they can concentrate on the well-being of their children, knowing they are not alone.
Harcourts Foundation supported HeartKids in both South Australia and Victoria, paying for accommodation and meals for several relocated families, as well as sponsoring a program to better support families with sick children in Tasmania.
“No matter what the cause, The Harcourts Foundation provides support to hundreds of organisations, enriching the lives of thousands of people in our communities.”
Planting for the future of at risk youth
Starting in 2012, Boikanyo The Dion Herson Foundation (BDHF) upholds a vision to support and nurture as many indigent, and at risk youth and their caregivers as possible.
Working in impoverished communities in Mapetla, Protea and Chiawelo Soweto, BDHF has developed what was previously a rubbish dump on the premises of Sediba Thuto Primary School Mapetla – one of Gauteng’s four worst performing schools at that time – and transformed it into a vegetable garden.
The garden is run by the community, serving as both a source of nutritious food and a training venue teaching locals the finer points of market gardening.
Harcourts Delta in Mondeor, donated R26 990 to BDHF, which went toward buying wood chips, a tool shed and compost, which will greatly improve productivity.
The Harcourts Foundation continues to be a powerful influence for good, recently breaking the significant milestone of $4 million in raised funds since its launch in 2008.
On many occasions, whenever an auction hammer falls, a home buyer signs a contract, or an employee sacrifices to give, somewhere in the Harcourts organisation, another few dollars are raised. Bit-by-bit, millions have been raised and many lives continue to be positively affected.
Since the first donation eight years ago, over 700 grants have been made worldwide.
Managing Director of Harcourts, Mike Green, said that as a real estate group with a 127-year history, Harcourts is an established and recognised name within many communities across 10 nations. He said that the Foundation continues to be a key to Harcourts’ future.
“The Foundation is one of the key ways we express our values and connect with our communities, and it really is at the heart of our core values,” said Mike.
“A common thread in every city and town where we have Harcourts offices – whether in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or the USA – is that there are people and organisations with legitimate needs.
“We are grateful that we can contribute to our communities, and meet some of those needs, and give real, tangible, expression to our values.
“I get to hear many stories of how our grants make a difference. It’s inspiring when you learn of children being given opportunities otherwise unavailable, the underprivileged receiving a hand-up, or volunteer organisations buying new, vital equipment.”
Within the four countries in which the Harcourts Foundation operates, over 50% of the offices make a donation with each property sold, and Harcourts employees everywhere are rising to the challenge of raising more funds for their local communities through innovative and creative ways.
With the Foundation’s Board of Directors, coordinators, Accountants and Regional Ambassadors all donating their time and expertise, 100% of all funds raised continue to go directly to the charities where they are needed most.
Two of the major recipients of Harcourt Foundation grants are White Ribbon Australia and beyondblue.
The Foundation has granted nearly $187,000 to White Ribbon Australia. Most of the funds have been raised through the “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” fund-raiser, held across Australia.
Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, paid tribute to the Foundation’s fundraising enthusiasm.
“The ongoing support from Harcourts Foundation has helped to raise vital funds for White Ribbon’s Breaking the Silence Schools Program.
“This White Ribbon initiative educates young children about respectful relationships. By engaging with children at an early age we can create a positive change and combat the prevalence of violence against women”. Libby Davies CEO White Ribbon says.
“We are delighted by support from the Harcourts Foundation and hope together we can continue to raise awareness and create social change” said Davies.
CEO of beyondblue, Georgie Harman, said she is very grateful for the Harcourts Foundation donations, between 2012 and 2016, of just over $165,000 which is being used to support people with depression, anxiety and their families.
“We really appreciate the efforts made by individuals, and corporate and community groups to donate much-needed funds to help us provide services, information and support for people in need.
“Our Support Service, staffed by trained mental health professionals is available 24/7 to provide short-term, solutions-focused counselling for people in need by phoning 1300 22 4636 or online chat atwww.beyondblue.org.au/get-support.”
While large, national organisations such as White Ribbon Australia and beyondblue have received significant donations from the Foundation, most of the grants continue to be directed toward a wide range of local, community organisations that are quietly going about, doing their work.
You can read about these gratefully received donations on the Foundation website at:www.harcourtsfoundation.org.
As you read this article, Harcourts people and offices somewhere are raising more money or planning fundraising events, with $5 million firmly in their sites. Stay tuned for more good news from Harcourts Foundation.
The charitable arm of Harcourts real estate group, The Harcourts Foundation has surpassed $3 million in funds raised to support local non-profit community groups across the country and internationally.
The Harcourts Foundation was established by Harcourts in 2008. The foundation operates as a charity 100 per cent, with all funds raised going directly to non-profit organisations.
The Foundation is funded through Harcourts employees’ salary sacrifice, ‘off the top’ contributions from commissions and organised fundraisers.
There are currently more than 264 of Harcourts global offices participating in the Harcourts Foundation programme, donating a percentage of every property sale.
Harcourts Managing Director Mike Green says that in just a short time the Harcourts Foundation has touched the lives of thousands of people throughout Australia, and across the globe.
“Internationally, the Harcourts Foundation has made more than 500 grants to community groups, helping with everything from supporting programmes for women affected by violence, at-risk youth, children with disabilities and to help make communities safer.
“Our Harcourts businesses are wholly committed to making a positive difference to the communities where they operate and we’re incredibly proud of the work The Harcourts Foundation is doing,” says Mr Green.
Harcourts employees including a National Board of Directors, Coordinator, Accountant and Regional Ambassadors all donate their time and expertise to oversee and administer The Harcourts Foundation.
This year, The Harcourts Foundation will once again partner with White Ribbon Australia to support the charity’s Breaking the Silence schools campaign, which supports principals and teachers to embed models of respectful relationships in school culture. The programme aims to prevent the perpetration of violence against women and girls.
To support White Ribbon’s cause, Harcourts offices across the country will take part in the Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event being held in each state. The walk encourages both men and women to don a pair of heels and walk a mile in a show of solidarity for those affected by violence against women.
Visit mycause.com.au/events/walkamileintheirshoes to find out more about the event, including how to support and participate.
For more information about The Harcourts Foundation, including information on individual grants made and the grant application process, visit harcourtsfoundation.org.