Agents help charities collect 28,600kg in goods

Heart for the Homeless, a not-for-profit organisation which uses agents and property managers to help collect unwanted household goods for charities, has recouped 28,600kg of resources worth around $114,000 this year.

Established in 2009, Heart for the Homeless links tenants and homeowners who are moving with charities that can collect unwanted household goods.

A free initiative, it relies on agents and property managers – who are often best placed to know when people are planning to move – to help promote the service to clients and prospective buyers and/or tenants.

In an email to the charity’s supporters, Tim Hastwell, project champion, said the service had garnered strong support from the real estate industry.

“Through the work of our team and the realtors that support us we have made a real difference to those in need,” he said.

“This year we have had 572 moves registered, generating an estimated 28,600kg of resources valued at approximately $114,000, which translates to a huge helping hand to the people that need it most.”

Heart for the Homeless, which so far has around 25 agencies on board, provides the service on a national basis.

Only recently, the group set about raising $20,000 by sending founding sponsor Andrew Bond, from specialist recruitment agency BRC, to scale Mount Everest.

He departed for Everest on November 10.

Leighton Walters, CEO and founding director of Heart for the Homeless, said the venture would hopefully grab the industry’s attention.

“It is a great cause and we love to do things that are a bit out of the norm and will get people’s attention, so we thought climbing Everest would do the trick,” Mr Walters told Real Estate Business in early November.

“Hopefully this initiative will help us raise some more funds.”

To donate funds to the Everest adventure, please click here, or to find out more about joining Heart for the Homeless, click here.

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