A new fridge seems like a simple thing but for Women’s Centre Waitakere it means they can offer families in their community much more food bank support.
The centre will now be able to purchase a new fridge thanks to a donation from Harcourts Blue Fern Realty via the Harcourts Foundation.
It’s been a long road to the new fridge for the staff at the charity organisation, after a donated fridge failed to work, and a loaned fridge was permanently fixed to freeze! Centre manager Angel Renjith says having a new working fridge will mean it can accept much more in the way of fresh food donations for the women it works with.
The aim of Women's Centre Waitakere is a registered non-profit organisation that works to empower women, promote family wellbeing and community belonging. It offers many services including counselling and workshops as well as general support and advice. It also works with organisations such as Kiwi Harvest and Fair food to offer food bank support.
“We get a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit, some from our official supports and some from community donations, which is fantastic, but it does mean having a good fridge is crucial,” Angel says.
“The food bank is used by women and families from across west Auckland. We have supplied more than 100 women in the past year with vegetables and other items.”
The Harcourts Foundation, the charitable arm of Harcourts, has reached the milestone of $5 million raised since its launch in 2008. That translates to 686 charities supported, 311 communities impacted and 851 grants made through Harcourts offices in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
The Foundation is funded through Harcourts employee salary sacrifice, ‘off the top’ contributions from sales commissions, and through organised fundraisers.
“The money raised is significant, but what truly is impressive is how Harcourts people are impacting our communities, from supporting programs to end violence against women, and aiding underprivileged families to creating a network of financial support for hospice care,” said Julia Eyles, The Harcourts Foundation Coordinator. “Those grants support a wide range of local community organisations that are quietly going about their work, making a difference in the lives of those who need it.”
The Foundation operates as a 100%, charity with all funds raised going directly to grants due to the volunteer-run structure that sees Harcourts employees donate their time and expertise to oversee and administer the process. No management fees, salaries or running costs are taken from the donation account.
“We are incredibly proud of the work The Harcourts Foundation has done over the past nine years,” said Harcourts Managing Director Mike Green. “The Foundation is at the heart of our company’s core values, and it is an important part of our success as an international network. Every location in which there is a Harcourts office, there are people in need. We are grateful to be able to give back and make a difference.”
In New Zealand, The Harcourts Foundation recently announced the Hospice NZ Grants Programme, which gives hospices around the country the opportunity to apply for grants to purchase much needed items.
The Harcourts Foundation donated $55,000 to commence the programme, and pledged ongoing financial support.
In addition, many Harcourts franchises around the country will continue to assist their local hospices, both financially and through volunteer work.
Combined Youth Services Trust came about to give young people a second chance!
It is a great cause and this is why it is the second time we have donated to them through the Harcourts Foundation!
Combined Youth Services Trust, which helps fund programmes for at- risk youth in west Auckland. Working closely with the police, the trust identifies young people who are at risk of offending or who are first time offenders, and funds preventative programmes.
The initiative funded by Harcourts Blue Fern is the Koru Programme, which was developed for “troubled”, rather than “troublesome”, children aged under 13.
“These are young people who are not yet coming to the attention of the police, but due to their life circumstances they may head in the direction of youth crime or poverty if preventative measures are not put in place for them immediately,” Mrs Revell says.
The Koru Programme runs for a school term and aims to equip the children with better self-esteem, confidence and hope for the future.
The pupils at Henderson Valley Primary School are on target with their fundraising to have a new cycle track installed around their school field by the start of next year as part of the Bikes in Schools programme.
Every year 18,000 New Zealanders are supported by hospice services across the country.
Hospice care has a unique whole person approach – which means physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs are equally important – a multidisciplinary team provides care for the person who is dying, their family and whanau.
To assist with this work, the Harcourts Foundation and Hospice NZ are proud to launch the Hospice NZ Grants Programme. The Harcourts Foundation will fund this unique programme, which gives all hospices around the country the opportunity to apply for grants to purchase much needed items. Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy says it is the highlight of his 25-year career with Harcourts to be entering a formal relationship with Hospice NZ.
“This will truly make a significant difference to the people using hospice services and their families and whanau. Fundraising is an ongoing challenge for us, at a time when demand for our services is growing. Support from sponsors allows us to keep all of our services free for those who need it, so this relationship with the Harcourts Foundation means so much.”
“Our Harcourts values are: People First, Doing the Right Thing, Being Courageous; and Fun and Laughter. We believe these align perfectly with Hospice NZ’s philosophy of helping people to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.”