Harcourts teams across the country are rallying to support the communities of North Canterbury and Kaikoura following the magnitude 7.8 earthquake this month.
As well as providing support for our neighbours in the Marlborough and Kaikoura offices, Harcourts Nelson will be contributing funds to the Harcourts Foundation.
The Harcourts Foundation, Harcourts’ charitable arm, has already donated $50,000 to those affected by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
Harcourts Nelson is among 190 offices nationwide which will be donating to the cause, with every dollar raised going directly to the Kaikoura and North Canterbury communities.
Harcourts Kaikoura owner Mark Davis says the money is desperately needed.
“People are doing well, but there are lots of challenges ahead. Many don’t have power, the sewerage system is down and water needs to be boiled before you can drink it.
Everyone is tired and stressed, especially with the aftershocks happening regularly. People really are just taking it one day at a time.”
Mark, who is based in Blenheim, and also owns Harcourts Marlborough and is a shareholder of Harcourts Nelson, chartered a plane to fly into Kaikoura a few days after the quake.
He delivered food parcels and bottled water for distribution around town and witnessed first-hand the devastation.
Harcourts Christchurch businesses also acted quickly to help, knowing first-hand what it is like to live through the terror of a major earthquake.
The seven businesses banded together to send a helicopter full of supplies up to the Kaikoura Plunket Centre. The staff and families in need were brought to tears by the donations received.
Harcourts CEO Chris Kennedy says there is a huge commitment from the rest of the Harcourts team to help in any way possible.
“The only positive thing to come from the earthquake is that it has brought us together as a country. At Harcourts we are determined to help in any way that we can.”