Harcourts Highland Group Jumps In 'Boots 'N All'
Harcourts Highland Group offices across Otago got stuck in to raise funds for I AM HOPE on Gumboot Friday.
The focus was on fun with a serious goal to raise much needed dollars in support of the fantastic national initiative. Our teams across Otago came up a range of creative ideas to fundraise and got members of the public right behind them.
Harcourts Dunedin hosted an on-theme gumboot throwing competition in a high-profile location – the park across from their office. Dunedin residents joined the team and for a gold coin donation gave it their best toss across the park. Callum & P from The Hits Dunedin breakfast show joined the challenge and the longest throw on the day was an impressive 35-metres from Graham Copson. Kris Kennet from Dunedin Fire Service joined the fun, donating $200 collected from Dunedin Fire and Emergency as well.
Tim and the team at our Cromwell office held a lunchtime sausage sizzle with ingredients donated from their local New World. They also held a gumboot throwing competition at Wooing Tree Estate with prizes of Mr Whippy ice creams for kids and bottles of Wooing Tree wines for adults.
Following lots of springtime rain and sun, the lawns around Queenstown were in need of a good trim, so our Queenstown agents offered lawn mowing services to raise funds. For a minimum donation of $50 locals got their lawn clipped by a sales consultant of their choice (in their gumboots of course!). They didn’t just do lawn mowing but dealt with a variety of landscaping requests from weed whacking to water blasting. Friday turned it on with perfect gardening weather, our agents put on their wellies and got hard to work.
Queenstown also had a great line up of world-class local pinots at their auction that week. The wines were put under the hammer, each one hotly contended and snapped up for a fantastic price. All proceeds raised by Harcourts Highland Group have been donated to I AM HOPE to provide free, timely counselling sessions for kids.
Harcourts Highland Group managing director Warwick Osborne says he’s extremely proud to be part of a caring team and is “stoked” with everyone’s efforts. “I’m privileged to be part of a team that always gets involved in the local community supporting charities, drives and initiatives,” he says.“We’re grateful to be working in communities who don’t hesitate to get involved and help make a positive difference.”
Harcourts Balclutha is running a kids gumboot painting competition which goes until Friday November 25. Kids can enter for a gold coin donation and the gumboots will be displayed in the Balclutha office window.
The Gumboot Friday Initiative
Gumboot Friday is a nationwide initiative providing FREE kids counselling when it’s really needed. Since April 2019 Gumboot Friday has raised over 3 million dollars which has delivered more than 21,000 sessions for just under 10,000 kids. Gumboot Friday will pay for a further 20,000 free sessions before the end of 2023.
I AM HOPE founder Mike King says Gumboot Friday pays directly for counselling services which helps kids struggling with depression and feeling like they are walking in mud, to build a better, brighter future.