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Keeping two of our busiest beaches safe
December 8, 2013

As two of New Zealand’s most beautiful beach destinations, Orewa and Wenderholm are favoured all year round by families, young and old.

Keeping them safe is the job of the Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club, with 130 patrolling surf lifesavers and 1200 club members doing their part.

Each year they rescue 30 people from the surf and perform more first aid than any other club in the country.

And helping them to do it is the Harcourts Foundation, with a recent grant of $6,500 for two new surf lifesaving towers to be built at each beach.

Orewa Surf Lifesaving Club captain Mark McCarthny says the beaches are perceived to be safe and family friendly, and this is mostly true, however with tens of thousands of people visiting every year there are near misses and the amount of first aid they are required to perform is unparalleled.

The towers will allow the …

The heart of a community
December 8, 2013

 

With few other community facilities around, Mangawhai Beach School is the local heart.

It’s the centre for socialising and community activities, and now, thanks to a grant from the Harcourts Foundation, it will serve as a movie night venue.

A donation of $2,000 has been given to purchase a projector to show outdoor movies during the warmer months.

Principal Aaron Kemp says Mangawhai is quite isolated and it will be a real addition to the community to be able to meet together for movie and picnic nights.

It will also be a way for the school to raise further money for the purchase of equipment and other necessities.

“We are really thrilled with this donation and, in a small town like ours, it is greatly appreciated. Thank you to the Harcourts team.”

Nick Langdon and Colin Hair, of Harcourts Tandem Realty, own the nearby real estate office and are …

Property Focus Newsletter (December 2013, Australia)
November 26, 2013

PF-genericIn this month’s Property Focus newsletter (November 2013, Australia):

10 Things to Check Before You Buy a Property This Christmas: These simple maintenance checks could be the difference between buying your dream property or signing up for a costly nightmare…

Market facts: Get all the latest property market facts from around Australia…

Harcourts Foundation Fundraising: Read about Harcourts recent fundraising events…

Helpful Apps for Renovating: These smartphone and tablet apps could come in handy over the Christmas break!..

View this month’s Property Focus newsletter in full – HERE..

Harcourts North Queensland Raises over $90,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research
November 18, 2013

Harcourts_Foundation_logo.jpgHarcourts Townsville City and Townsville Beaches joined forces with the Harcourts Foundation to support the 2013 Harcourts Foundation Jelly Baby Ball in Townsville on Saturday 19th October.

Over $90,000 was raised through tickets sales, donations and auctions called on the night by Queensland’s chief auctioneer Ben Brady. All funds raised went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation supports Australian diabetes research via the strategic provision of funding, investing over $100 million into Australian research to date.

“When we were planning the first North Queensland Jelly Baby ball a few years ago, the Harcourts Foundation were there, doing anything that they can to help. Anyone in the Harcourts Group has a heart of gold in my opinion”, said Damien Keyes, Host of the 2013 Jelly Baby Ball.

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Ella Reid from Harcourts Townsville City and Beaches who was a gold sponsor on the night said, “Juvenile Diabetes …

What would you give if your wife, sister or friend suffered a birth related tragedy?
November 7, 2013

Butterfly Babies have joined forces with The Harcourts Foundation enabling them to support the Perinatal Research Centre in their quest to provide cutting-edge solutions to pregnancy and birth-related tragedies. The aim is to ensure that the vital research they perform continues ensuring health outcomes for mothers and babies are improved.   “Through their generous donation […]

Harcourts Western Australia Raises over $30,000 for Charity
October 29, 2013

Harcourts_Foundation_logo.jpgLast week, Real estate group Harcourts Western Australia raised $17,470 for charity through auction of signed sporting memorabilia and several other donated items. As the event was the first Telethon Adventurer’s fundraiser for the Telethon year, Channel Seven owner Kerry stokes doubled this amount to $34,940.

“At the last minute, Kerry Stokes said he would match us dollar for dollar. So we asked the crowd to donate anything extra they could so we could make an even bigger donation to the Telethon Adventurers through the Harcourts Foundation,” said Leigh Moore, Managing Director of Harcourts Blue in Kardinya.

“As a parent, I couldn’t imagine being told that my children have cancer. Around 100 children are being diagnosed with cancer every year in Western Australia, and so the Telethon Adventurers are making a concerted effort to raise funds to find the cause and cures for these childhood cancers,” Mr Moore continued.

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Harcourts Henderson gives back to the Salvation Army
September 5, 2013

He’s now a top sales consultant for Harcourts Henderson, but when Sebastian Pinto first emigrated from India 11 years ago he had very little.

Sebastian and his wife modestly went about setting up a home for themselves and visited a Salvation Army store to buy furniture.

They were struck by the kindness of a volunteer who offered to deliver their purchases, including a cupboard, to their home. When the volunteer discovered Sebastian and his wife were expecting their first child, he also brought them toys for their baby.

“I have held this memory very close to my heart. After all these years that cupboard still takes pride of place in my home,” Sebastian says.

Sebastian is one of many New Zealanders touched by the work of the Salvation Army, and it was with great pride Harcourts Henderson was able to present a cheque for $10,000 to the organisation on behalf …

Helping our young people to thrive
August 28, 2013

By the age of 13 only 31% of girls and 27% of boys in New Zealand feel hopeful about the future.

It’s a disturbing statistic from the Ministry of Youth Development, and one The Parenting Place aims to change thanks to funding from the Harcourts Foundation.

The Harcourts Foundation has made a $31,850 grant to enable The Parenting Place to establish a life skills programme for intermediate age children.

The “tween” years – years 7 and 8 in school – are fraught with challenges that simply did not exist 10 or 15 years ago, such as cyber bullying and exposure to unsuitable material over the internet.

The Parenting Place, the highly respected organisation founded by Ian and Mary Grant two decades ago, is keenly aware that young people lack the mental and emotional maturity to handle many of the pressures they now face.

The Parenting Place aims to change this …

Small things can make a difference
August 22, 2013

Nothing could be more heart breaking than having a terminally ill child.

And at such a terrible time, the last thing families need is to be struggling with day to day living costs.

Harcourts Greenlane is proud to be supporting the Guardian Angels Charitable Trust, which aims to minimise financial stressors so that families can focus solely on their child.

The trust provides immediate assistance at the “grass roots” level. Food, power, petrol and phone are the main priorities and other small requests are looked at on an individual basis.

Harcourts Greenlane, through its charitable arm the Harcourts Foundation, is stepping in to help with those other requests.

The team is donating $2000 towards Warehouse vouchers which will provide small things to enhance the quality of life for child and family.

The Guardian Angels Charitable Trust says families who have a dying child are often thrust into poverty as they …

Harcourts Foundation Launches New-Look Website
August 1, 2013

Harcourts’ charity arm, The Harcourts Foundation officially launched its new-look website earlier this week.

The website, which was built in-house by Harcourts’ technology team, was redesigned following the rapid growth of The Harcourts Foundation across Australia and New Zealand, and its expansion to South Africa and the USA.

Jason Wills, Chief Information Officer of Harcourts International, says the most significant feature of the new website is the ability for people to access it on any mobile device.

“This is an important feature that was missing from our previous website,” Mr Wills said.

“The Harcourts Foundation is one of Harcourts’ most important elements so it was critical that we developed a website that reflected this,” Mr Wills added.

Established in August 2008, The Harcourts Foundation aims to provide financial support that helps, grows and enriches local communities, and has received over to $2.2 million in donations to date.

All funds …