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Contribution To Cystic Fibrosis Association

12 July 2005

Harveys Contribution To Cystic Fibrosis Association Broadens

Harveys Real Estate have taken their contribution to Cystic Fibrosis past $75,000, after handing over a cheque for $40,000 at the recent Harveys National Annual Awards in Auckland.

Harveys, the principal sponsor of the Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand, will soon increase this commitment. Staff from offices throughout the country will be collecting money for the Association’s National Appeal week, which is taking place on August 8-12. This year the appeal hopes to raise $50,000.

Kate Russell, the General Manager of the Cystic Fibrosis Association says Harveys’ involvement in the appeal is priceless. “We’re a small Association and families are so often in crisis it is hard for them to get out and collect.”

“With Harveys branches throughout the country, it means we have the capacity to reach areas such as Morrinsville, Taupo and Rotorua. It also has a huge effect in the larger centres, which makes a big difference to our income. All the money collecting in each area stays there to help local families,” she says.

Harveys announced its partnership with the Association in September last year. Their contributions to the Association all go towards 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 currently no known cure and the average life expectancy for a person with Cystic Fibrosis in New Zealand is 29 years.

According to Managing Director Ross Hunter, Harveys are looking forward to continuing their support for the Association during the appeal week. “We see it as a way to actively participate in the community. We are pleased we can provide our most valuable resource, our staff, to such a valuable cause,” he says.

“We couldn’t do it without them. They’ve made a job that’s incredibly difficult, incredibly easy,” says Mrs Russell.

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