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Harveys Does A $16,000 Favour For Cystic Fibrosis

22 March 2005

Harveys Does A $16,000 Favour For Cystic Fibrosis

Washing cars, a trumpet recital and a signed Colin Meads print have helped Harveys Real Estate raise $16,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand (CFANZ).

These were just three of the favours and donated items put up for auction at the recent six-monthly conference of Harveys branch managers and owners at Terrace Downs High Country Resort, Canterbury.

The items commanded a high price with the Harveys auctioneers employing all their persuasion skills and influencing tactics to acquire as much money from their colleagues for the CFANZ as possible.

Kate Russell, General Manager of the CFANZ, attended the conference and says she was delighted with the auction’s success. “It was a huge amount of fun and carried out in the best possible spirit for the cause,” she says.
The $16,000 raised will go toward the many programmes offered by the Association for families affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common life threatening genetic condition in New Zealand. It is an inherited disorder that affects people in various ways, but most frequently causes irreversible lung damage. There is no currently known cure and the average life expectancy for a person with cystic fibrosis in New Zealand is 29 years.

Six months after announcing a partnership as the Harveys Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand’s principal sponsor, Harveys Real Estate has raised a total of $60,000 for the charity.

Mrs Russell says the partnership between Harveys and the CFANZ has gone from strength to strength. “The commitment from Harvey’s Head Office has really driven the sponsorship - and the enthusiasm from individual branches has been overwhelming.

“They’ve taken the cause to heart and have been eager to take up any opportunity to raise funds or assist us with our programme. They are all very passionate people who believe in what they do, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

Harveys Director Ross Barraclough says the auction was the highlight of the conference, where owners and managers spent much of their time focussing on keeping the business at the leading edge of a highly competitive real estate industry in New Zealand.

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