The 2019 RE/MAX Australia Annual Awards Gala, held at The Star, Gold Coast on St Valentine’s Day, made for the perfect scenario to raise money for the network’s partnered charity, Make-A-Wish®Australia.
The annual charity auction is a highlight on the night, this year raising a heart-warming $23,700.
“RE/MAX Australia is committed to supporting the community, an attitude that runs wholeheartedly through our organisation,” said Managing Director Michael Davoren.
“The advantage of such a large network is the opportunity to firmly stand behind a cause. As such, RE/MAX Australia proudly supports Make-A-Wish Australia®”.
This year the auction was led by RE/MAX Australia’s 2018 Auctioneer of the Year, Paul Gaffney, RE/MAX Executives and RE/MAX Auction Services’ Dene Tucker.
There was energy throughout the room as the bidding started for the auction’s first prize – one night’s accommodation in an Executive Deluxe Room at The Star, Gold Coast, as well as a hot air balloon flight with champagne breakfast – a timely Valentine’s Day prize. The gavel went down on the night’s top bid of $4,000. The second bidding item, a member profile video, raised $2,200 for the charity.
Selina Ansen, from Make-A-Wish®Australia, took to the stage to thank RE/MAX Australia, and to introduce the final auction item for the night, a very special opportunity to help make a wish come true for eight-year-old, Henry.
This is the fourth year that the RE/MAX Australia annual awards gala has featured the unique Make-A-Wish fundraiser, a wish auction, providing a chance to help make a real wish come true.
The bidding was quickly underway, with auctioneer Dene Tucker encouraging bidders’ support to seal the wish. With generous donations from RE/MAX offices, the bidding raised an incredible $17,500.
The key mission of Make-A-Wish®Australia is to grant the wishes of children and young people with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Thanks to the support of the last year’s Awards Gala wish auction, the 2018 recipient was able to experience the trip of a lifetime and has gone on to design a unique pillowcase which is just one of three currently being sold in Adairs stores across Australia, with all proceeds going directly to Make-A-Wish®.
RE/MAX Australia has been partnering with the charity for seven years, with RE/MAX offices individually and collectively working throughout the year toward raising an annual goal for the charity.
Lyn Cox, RE/MAX Australia Public Relations – M. 0418 793 096