Hello and welcome to your regular Friday charity round-up from the industry - appropriately enough on the day of the latest BBC Children In Need fundraising.
We all know it’s difficult for agents and suppliers currently to fundraise given the Coronavirus restrictions and how busy the market is. We know, too, that many agents will personally be giving to BBC CiN as well.
But as Christmas approaches if you have other fund-raising in store, do please let us know on email@example.com.
Agents Giving Acts of Kindness Awards: It’s not under a month until this online awards event and charity auction on Friday December 4, from 4pm.
It will be an hour of celebration, fun, awards, music and a live charity auction held by Agents Giving Partner Iam Sold.
The awards will recognize those who have made an outstanding contribution to charity, their local communities and support to those who are vulnerable and shielding.
Michael Stoop, Agents Giving chairman, says: “We are so excited for our first online celebration and its looking to be such a fun event, we are recognizing all your wonderful Acts of Kindness, holding a LIVE online auction with the team at Iam Sold – we have some amazing auction items which you can pre bid for on our website or call live during the event itself. We urge you to join in and celebrate the very best of all your great work”.
The event will be available to watch live to agents and suppliers for a suggested donation of £10 per person, which will go to NHS Charities Together. One lucky winner will receive a £200 Amazon voucher kindly donated by TouchRight Software.
The award event will be streamed on the TWITCH platform, and there is also a competition for you to win a live donation of £750 for your chosen charity sponsored by Foxtons.
All you have to do is pitch Agents Giving a video of no more than two minutes why your charity should be gifted this donation. You can upload your video on the Agents Giving website.
Now the shortlist for the awards…
Best Team AOK Award – Sponsored by Homelet
- Paramount, X1 Lettings, Thomas Morris, VTUK, Dawsons, Thorgills,My Property Box and Leaders Romans;
Best Company AOK Award – Sponsored by The Depositary;
- Lenwell, Reapit, Drivers & Norris, Woo Property, At Home Estate Agents, College & County, Thomas Morris and Spicerhaart;
Best Individual AOK Award – Sponsored by Just Move In;
- Rachel Johnson of Stacks Property; Ed Mead of Viewber; Joe Elliott of Temme English; Godfrey Haire of Arun Estates; Murray Lee of Dreamview Estates; Suzzana Jupp of Northfields; Jamie Aspland of Pygott & Crone; and Paul Booker of Waterside Properties;
Best Creative AOK Award – Sponsored by Moneypenny;
- X1 Lettings, Thomas Morris, Michael Jones, Dreamview Estates, My Property Box, Urban Patchwork, Robert Geering, Lennard Hill;
Best Community AOK Award – Sponsored by Zoopla;
- Stacks Property; Nock Deighton; Thomas Morris; Thorgills; Nicol & Co; Dreamview Estates; Northfields; and Henry Simms;
Best Industry Supplier AOK Award – Sponsored by Kerfuffle;
- Veco by Eurolink; Reapit; VTUK; Mio; TM Training;
Best AOK Campaign – Sponsored by PayProp;
- Reapit, Thomas Morris, VTUK, Thorgills, Carter Geering, Northfields, Lennard Hill and Drivers & Norris;
Special AOK Award – Sponsored by Foxtons;
- Jonathan Martin of Spicerhaart; Rachel Johnson of Stacks Property; Jim Brook of Michael Jones; Paul Saunders of Thomas Morris; Godfrey Haire of Arun Estates; Murray Lee of Dreamview Estates; Robert Geering of Carter Geering; Julian O’Dell of TM Training;
Social Media Award for Best AOK - Sponsored by J P Gardner & Associates;
- X1 Lettings; Thomas Morris; Godfrey Haire of Arun Estates; Chris Ellis of Harrisons; Murray Lee of Dreamview Estates; Tessa Gooding of Urban Patchwork; Jon Horton of Mio; Jonathan Martin of Spicerhaart.
Overall AOK Award – Sponsored by The ESTAS.
Fine & Country Foundation: The foundation announced that it has reached the milestone of raising over half a million pounds in funds, supporting the work of 78 non-profit organisations, all fighting causes of homelessness and poverty around the world.
With the support of Fine & Country’s global network and the countless number of people who have made donations, the organisation has met its major target of raising over £500,000 for deserving charities.
Since its inception, the foundation has partnered with various charities through its grant programme to provide vital supplies during crises, rebuild a village devastated by earthquakes in Nepal, and support life-changing programmes to get rough-sleepers off the streets.
Jon Cooke, Global Chief Executive of Fine & Country, says: “We are delighted to have been able to reach this milestone and are excited to continue to help those in need. The foundation has given our network a platform to be able to give back and make a difference and it has touched so many lives in the process.
“Through the support of the network, the Fine & Country Foundation has been able to give away hundreds of thousands of pounds to help both the homelessness and those in poverty. The money donated has been invaluable to charities that have received a grant from the foundation and has had a positive impact in many people’s lives.”
Founded in 2014, the Foundation was initially established to help combat homelessness, however, this year the organisation made the decision to broaden its mission to also fighting the causes of poverty, recognising there are pressing issues other than housing for many people, including a lack of education, clothing, food and other basic supplies.
Reaching the half-million mark in donations is the organisation’s biggest milestone yet and the Fine & Country Foundation says it’s already looking ahead to its next goal of raising one million pounds.