Melbourne, November 2017 – Leading real estate network Harcourts Group Australia, in partnership with White Ribbon Australia, last night took home the coveted Contribution to Community award at the 2017 Annual REA Excellence Awards.
Held by the REA Group, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the property and media industries.
The Harcourts Foundation, Harcourts Group Australia’s charitable entity, has partnered with White Ribbon for the past five years on its annual Walk a Mile in Their Shoes nationwide walk – with Harcourts staff, family, friends and supporters “walking a mile” in women’s heels to show solidarity and bring attention to the national tragedy that is violence against women.
Walk A Mile in Their Shoes founder and Harcourts Victoria CEO Sadhana Smiles, said the walk - and broader partnership with White Ribbon - represents how the group supports the communities in which each Harcourts agency lives and works in.
“Caring is bigger than one person – to really grow communities with a positive impact, we must come together. It was simple for us; real estate agents walking in heels, we knew it would generate talkability and more importantly, help us raise funds,” Smiles said.
The 2016 walk raised almost $120,000, setting another White Ribbon Community Fundraising Event record with 100 percent of the funds used to help deliver the White Ribbon Breaking the Silence program in over 100 schools nationally, aimed at creating generational change in attitudes toward violence through prevention education.
“It’s an honour to be recognised at this year’s AREAs for our commitment to this partnership. This is an issue that affects up to one in five Australian women and through our work with White Ribbon - we know that engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too is imperative,” said Mike Green, Managing Director, Harcourts International.
“I commend White Ribbon for the incredibly important work they do every day, and I would like to thank the entire Harcourts family for supporting this each year and proving that when we come together, we can generate lasting impact.”
Walk A Mile in Their Shoes is in its 5th year and has collectively raised over $395,000 for White Ribbon. Since 2013, funds have helped Breaking the Silence expand into a national program, across regions in over 150 schools, impacting 2800 teachers and 39,300 students.
The Walk a Mile in Their Shoes initiative went global earlier this year with the first international Harcourts event taking place in South Africa in March 2017.
The Harcourts Foundation is volunteer run, with 100% of all money raised given directly to recipients.
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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Julia Eyles, The Harcourts Foundation Coordinator, mobile 0409 719 579
Sadhana Smiles, Harcourts Victoria CEO, mobile 0403 271 676
About The Harcourts Foundation
The Harcourts Foundation was created in 2008 to personify a fundamental and significant part of what the name ‘Harcourts’ stands for in the hearts and minds of the communities the Harcourts business serves. Harcourts has been a part of our communities since founder JB Harcourt opened the door to his first real estate office in Wellington, New Zealand in 1888. Over time, our offices and people have generously created a history of giving through sponsoring and supporting thousands of people in need. Being caring members of our local communities ensures a better quality of life for everyone.
Since the Harcourts Foundation’s first donation, over $5 million has been raised. That translates to 686 charities supported, 311 communities impacted, and 851 grants made through Harcourts offices in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
About Harcourts Group Australia
In 2017 Harcourts Group Australia celebrated its 20th Anniversary and was named Innovator – Game Changer of the Year by Real Estate Business. Since its founding the Harcourts franchise network has experienced strong growth with over 400 offices across six states. Harcourts Group Australia achieved a record-breaking result over 2016, achieving $11 billion in settled sales to sit in third position for market-share in Australia and double net growth in new office locations.
With over 830 offices in 10 countries, Harcourts International is one of the fastest growing real estate groups in the world. Harcourts works closely with several affiliate groups including Mortgage Express, Landmark Harcourts, Luxury Property Selection, NAI Harcourts and Harcourts Complete.
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