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From agent to advocate: My journey in giving back

By Steve Turner
08 July 2024 | 13 minute read
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Real estate is a fast-paced industry, all about transactions and deadlines. For me, it’s always been about more than just closing deals. It’s about building relationships and giving back to the communities that have given me so much.

My commitment to the community stems from my upbringing. I watched my parents constantly helping others, whether it was Dad stopping to fix a flat tyre or Mum volunteering at church fundraising events. This instilled in me a strong sense of social responsibility. Early on in my career, I even worked for a non-profit organisation in Brisbane.

A defining moment for me came in 2001 during a humanitarian trip to Kenya. Witnessing the impact our team had by delivering medical supplies and essential tools to a small village truly solidified my belief in the power of collective action.


That spirit of giving back has carried over into my work at Buxton Real Estate. A significant highlight of this commitment was the charity gala for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) held in August. The idea for this event was sparked by a simple conversation with my wife on Mother’s Day. The cause is close to our hearts, especially given Buxton’s existing ties to the organisation. We brainstormed a “Pink October” themed event featuring raffles, auctions and entertainment. With the enthusiastic backing of my management, the inaugural gala proved a resounding success, raising a remarkable $25,000. This event underscored the power of community involvement and the substantial impact we can have when we come together for a cause.

My dedication extends beyond self-initiated events. I actively support the Rotary Club of Moorabbin, lending my auctioneering skills to their annual golf fundraiser. Over the past few years, I’ve helped them raise tens of thousands of dollars for important causes like multiple sclerosis research.

Perhaps my most innovative approach involves my partnership with CBM Australia. Hearing their mission to restore sight with just $33 per surgery, I was inspired. I pledged to donate a portion of my commission from every house sale. While it might seem like a small gesture, it reflects my core belief that even small contributions can make a world of difference. I haven’t spoken about it much with other agents, but I truly believe there’s potential for everyone to explore similar avenues of giving back within their professions.

Despite a busy schedule, I also prioritise my role on the board of my children’s former primary school. It’s not just a duty, but an investment in the future of the community I’ve called home for 15 years. Being involved in their fundraising events allows me to play a part in nurturing the next generation.

My focus extends beyond high-profile charities. I recognise the critical role smaller organisations play in the community’s wellbeing. Our team actively supports groups like Story Dogs and animal shelters, understanding the impact they have on everyday lives.

Giving back goes beyond just financial contributions. We foster a culture of local engagement within our team. By incorporating vouchers from local businesses into our client welcome packages, we encourage newcomers to explore and support nearby shops.

My message to fellow real estate agents is clear: get involved! Seek out and connect with local charities. It’s about going beyond traditional marketing tactics and finding a cause that resonates with you. Whether it’s volunteering time, donating resources, or simply attending community events, every contribution counts. By prioritising social responsibility, we can create a lasting positive impact within the communities we serve.

From knocking on doors to opening opportunities, I’m proud to be a community advocate. My story is a testament to the power of giving back, one act of kindness at a time.

Steve Turner is a director and auctioneer at Buxton Real Estate.

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