Here at Harcourts Otago we talk a lot about putting people first.
Those ‘people’ are our team, our clients, and our community. We like to think that our business is successful not only in $$$-terms, but because we’re about courage, integrity, fun and laughter, about collaboration rather than competition.
We support our community in any way we can, in particular helping children through schools and youth sports clubs, and as a long-term supporter of the Otago Community Hospice Trust which provides care and support for people with life-limiting illness.
So when we celebrated our most recent annual Harcourts ‘Highland Gathering’, bringing together real estate teams from our six offices in Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown, Dunedin, Wanaka and South Otago, we saw the opportunity to combine the attributes that are at the heart of our business into one amazing day which raised thousands of dollars to support community needs.
The Gathering is traditionally a relaxed day of fun and celebration where we recognise and applaud the agents, teams and individuals who have shone throughout the year. In this ‘we survived Covid and lockdown year’ the day centred around health and wellbeing – there’s nothing like a bit of yoga and breathing techniques to get the giggles going!
And then things heated up for our 120 agents, all in the name of community fundraising.
Split into ten teams, agents had just 60 minutes to sell as many bottles as possible of The Good Oil products, produced here in the South Island.
Using all the ‘tools’ they use daily to sell real estate, such as their extensive client databases, emails, phone calls, social media and the like, our people sold a whopping 1832 bottles of The Good Oil and received a number of generous donations.
They raised an outstanding $6186 in 60 minutes for the Otago Community Hospice Trust.
Harcourts Highland Group managing director Warwick Osborne says he was “blown away” by the energy invested in the fundraising challenge.
“To raise over $6000 in an hour is an excellent amount and an amazing effort by everyone involved,” he says. “We support our community in any way we can and ‘doing the right thing’ by encouraging our team and our clients to get behind such a worthy cause was the icing on the cake for a day of learning and laughter.”
Alexandra Harcourts manager Andrew Little and his team were thrilled to present the $6186 cheque to Viviann McFadzien of the Alexandra Hospice Shop.
Pictured: Harcourts Alexandra Team presents the $6186 cheque to Hospice Alexandra