Over $5,000 was raised this Christmas for a charity promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing to young people, by one Raine&Horne office. According to co-principal of Raine & Horne Neutral Bay, Stewart Robertson, the office supported the Reach Foundation on behalf of the firm’s staff and their landlords.
“Ordinarily, we would have used this $5,000 to purchase a small Christmas gift for our landlords to say thank you for being a valued member of the Raine&Horne Neutral Bay family,” Mr Robertson said.
“However, this year we thought the money would be better spent making a difference to the lives of young people with a donation to the Reach Foundation.”
Founded by the late AFL player, Jim Stynes, the Reach Foundation promotes mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people aged between 10 and 18 on a variety of programs, across 600 schools and communities throughout Australia.
Reach also supports teens who have been bullied, are self-harming or are underperforming at school.
“As fathers of teenage children ourselves, we often hear about the problems and dire situations that many young people find themselves in as they enter adulthood,” Mr Robertson said.
“The donated money will go a long way to growing Reach’s support programs as well as creating safe spaces for young people to socialise.”
When Mr Robertson recently alerted Raine & Horne Neutral Bay’s landlords of the intent to donate the $5,000 gift, he said the response was overwhelming.
“We received a number of emails approving of our initiative. Some of our landlords are even encouraging us to make this donation an annual event.”
“We at Raine & Horne Neutral Bay would like to thank all of our landlords for their generosity and Christmas spirit.”