Harcourts Paraparaumu Branch Manager Catherine Swinn, right, presenting a cheque from The Harcourts Foundation to Stroke Foundation Central Region General Manager Grace Moulton.
Two Kapiti Coast-based charities have received funding in the latest round of quarterly grants from The Harcourts Foundation, a charity set up by Harcourts real estate group to provide financial support that helps, grows and enriches our communities.
Stroke Foundation Central Region, which is based in Paraparaumu, and Shine New Zealand, which is run from Raumati South, are amongst six charitable organisations in the Greater Wellington area and 16 in New Zealand to receive funding recently.
Stroke Foundation Central Region, which provides support to stroke survivors and their families throughout the Central North Island, received a $500 donation towards the cost of their fifth annual convention for stroke survivors. Meanwhile Shine New Zealand received a grant of $500 towards the cost of a community project is it organising which will result in a new earthbuilding being erected for use as a teaching facility at the Rudolf Steiner School in Lower Hutt.
Local Harcourts franchise owner Eliot Falconer, a key supporter of The Harcourts Foundation, says it is great to see the Foundation putting money back into the communities in which it was raised through supporting these deserving initiatives.
As Harcourts New Zealand CEO Hayden Duncan explains, more than $750,000 has been raised for The Harcourts Foundation since it was established in mid-2008 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.
"That support has enabled us to grant more than $480,000 to a total of 110 charities in New Zealand and Australia to date," he says, noting that 100% of the money raised for The Harcourts Foundation is donated to the community and apart from a small portion set aside to support major emergency relief efforts the money raised in a particular region goes back into that area.