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Surf lifesaving and youth development receive grants in latest round

By Laura Wilmot on October 3, 2012

Two organisations from the north of the north are amongst eleven recipients receiving grants from the fourteenth round of the Harcourts Foundation, a charity set up by Harcourts Real Estate Group to provide support that helps, grows and enriches our communities.

This round’s $30,199 was spread over the country with two successful recipients being from West Auckland and Red Beach on the Hibiscus Coast.

A very happy SLSC in Red Beach

Tandem Realty Business Owner Colin Hair says they granted to the Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club because they do such a fantastic job in the community.

“From training youngsters all the way through to volunteer patrols and first aid work during the season they work really hard.”

Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club received $3,000 granted by Harcourts Tandem Realty towards funding 35 surf club members to attend and gain First Aid courses. Red Beach Surf Lifesaving spokesperson Debra Cairns says it is a New Zealand Surf Lifesaving requirement that there is at least a Level 2 qualified Lifesaver on every patrol.

“This support gives our Lifesavers the confidence to handle a situation should it arise while they are on patrol and in everyday life too,” said Debra.

The Foundation for Youth Development Trust in Waitakere also received $5,000 granted from Harcourts Blue Fern Realty towards their programme, Project K, which helps students to deal with challenges and teach life skills and values that build their confidence and resilience in our young people.

The Youth Development Trust works towards young people having a more positive future.

Harcourts Blue Fern Business Owner Phil Freeman and his team are avid supporters of the Foundation and have been a part of this Northern Region’s round.

“We are looking for organisations that are putting something of substance back into the community that Blue Fern Realty serves.”

Programme Director Jane Edwards says this is a great opportunity to give more students an opportunity to be on the programme.

“It enables us to get more young people from Waitakere into our programme, which means more young people have an opportunity to have more of a positive future.”

The amount donated by New Zealand since the Foundation was established in mid-2008 to more than $472,000 and $310,325 has been granted to a total of 101 New Zealand organisations and charities.

At the end of round fourteen the amount donated by Harcourts New Zealand offices since the Foundation was established in mid-2008 is more than $654,000 with over $418,000 having been granted to a total of 35 New Zealand organisations and charities.

Harcourts New Zealand CEO Hayden Duncan explains, more than $1,723,000 has been raised for The Harcourts Foundation through the voluntary donations and fundraising efforts of Harcourts team members on both sides of the Tasman, with additional support coming from some of the group’s business partners and clients.

“We understand how much of impact the grants can have for our recipients to start or complete their projects and as a result it means the Harcourts Foundation can support a variety of deserving organisations providing valuable work in the community, including the eleven worthy recipients supported in this latest funding round.”

Other recipients of grants from The Harcourts Foundation in New Zealand were:

Central

  • Waipuna Hospice – $5,750 towards sponsorship of a high profile concert to be held in December 2012. Granted by Advantage Realty
  • U Leisure – $2,000 to subsidise entries for Round the Bridges Fun Run and Walk for some families which the event entry fee prevents participation. Granted by Monarch Real Estate
  • Glenview Community Centre – $2,573.44 towards creating a summer and winter edition of the Glenview Community Centre Newsletter and towards repairs and maintenance. Granted by Monarch Real Estate
  • Neighbourhood Support Hamilton – $5,500 for day by day running costs for six local Hamilton offices. Granted by Monarch Real Estate

Christchurch

  • Belfast School – $1,376 to buy a laptop storage backup unit to house laptops.  Granted by Twiss Keir Realty
  • North Canterbury Riding for the Disabled – $3,000 towards funds for the loan of new ponies and horses for our new riders with different needs. Granted by Twiss Keir Realty
  • RNZPS Christchurch North East Branch (Plunket) – $1,000 towards repairs and maintenance of the existing branch. Granted by Gold Real Estate Group
  • Kidsfirst Kindergarten, Isleworth Road – $1,000 towards the purchase of TV equipment to integrate a wide array of information communication technology in innovative ways. Granted by Vision Real Estate

South Island

  • Otago Life Education Trust – $2,000 towards a replacement tractor unit to tow our mobile classroom.  Granted by Highland Real Estate Group
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