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RISE2019: the real estate industry heads to Christchurch

Real estate leaders raising funds for the families of the Christchurch tragedy.

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Christchurch, a collective of Australasian real estate industry leaders have rallied together to raise funds at RISE2019.

With all proceeds going to the families of the victims of the NZ shooting, the fundraiser saw a lineup of more than 20 speakers and more volunteers. With everyone funding their own journey, every dollar raised went directly to the cause.

BresicWhitney director Shannan Whitney said he felt affected by the incident in Christchurch, with his wife and her family coming from New Zealand. “Our NZ family are resilient and heartwarming people and I’m proud to see that real estate industry names have called upon each other to see what a difference can be made,” Shannan said.

Funds will be distributed among those who were terrorised in the mosque shootings on March 15. Fifty people were killed and 50 more were injured in what the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as one of the country’s “darkest days”.

For BresicWhitney, it’s a chance to reflect on what defines its company values, two of which are togetherness and humility.

“Leaning on those values is a way of putting other peoples’ interests before our own and considering how our actions might impact others,” Shannan said. “We all have a chance to be responsible, socially aware and contribute to our community whether that’s locally, or with our international neighbours.”

The keynote address came from author, journalist and former Australian rugby player Peter FitzSimons, speaking of the special bond between Australia and NZ. Other speakers included Phil Harris, John Cunningham, Antonia Mercorella and Kelly Tatlow.

Another speaker, BresicWhitney director William Phillips, says it was an opportunity for the real estate industry to give back. “Our thoughts are with those affected,” William said. “I hope the compassion the industry shows towards the community can play a role in improving the lives of those directly impacted.”

Tickets went for $NZ250 and a live stream meant anyone could make a donation if unable to attend Christchurch in person.

In case you missed it, donate to the cause here.

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