A Sydney agent has taken out the Franchise Council of Australia’s (FCA) ‘NSW Community Service Award’.
McGrath Neutral Bay/Mosman/Northbridge secured the award for excellence in community service by a franchisee, the result of its contributions to the community over the past 12 months.
“This McGrath franchise was the only real estate finalist in these awards and was judged alongside all franchise brands in NSW,” said Gary Vouris, general manager franchise for McGrath Estate Agents.
“We hope that we might also inspire others to something for their community and as a result, make a difference in other people’s lives,” Dean Mackie, principal of McGrath’s Neutral Bay/Mosman/Northbridge, said.
He said his agency has been involved with or supported at least 14 community groups during the last 12 months, including Cruise for a Cure, Make a Wish Foundation, Middle Harbour Public School, Beat the Blues Concert for the Black Dog Institute, the Australian Cancer Council and the McGrath Foundation, to name a few.
Mr. Mackie explained that community groups were chosen by certain parameters. “It is not just making a difference to the foundations, charities and the communities that benefit from our involvement, but to also make a difference with our team.”
“I am committed to providing opportunities to our team to challenge themselves and support them in our own community activities. To this end, [members of] our team are given an additional two paid annual leave days per year to volunteer with a charity of their choice.”