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Ray White Lower North Shore Raises $25,000 for Remote Indigenous Communities

By Claire Tracey

Ray White Lower North Shore, as part of the Ray White Cares Program, has identified opportunities for employees to give back to the community.

Led by Head of Project Sales, Justin Kurenda, the initiative gave Ray White Lower North Shore staff the opportunity to make a meaningful connection with remote Indigenous Australia.

This was done by a local Sydney charity Red Earth who organise a 9 day Immersion Program to remote communities and homelands where traditional Aboriginal culture still lives strong.

On Saturday the 18th of August 2018, Justin Kurenda, Anthony Cowie, Jeremy Martin, Nicole Phelan and Jessica Brincat embarked on their journey having raised over $25,000 in under 4 months.

Recently returned, the RWLNS team have all felt both overwhelmed yet humbled by the experience which allowed them to integrate with the local communities in the APY Lands, more specifically in Fregon, Kenmore Park and Ernabella.

The opportunity saw the team gain greater perspective on the issues faced by these remote communities.

While on Immersion the group contributed with two building projects which involved painting a new gallery in Kaltjiti (Fregon) where APY land artists will exhibit their world renowned works and secondly they lay the foundations for a shelter in Yunyarinyi (Kenmore Park) which future groups will now complete.

Cammeray Sales Specialist, Anthony Cowie said “We were the first adult group to go out with ‘Red Earth’ and we have now created a platform for our team at the Ray White LNS Group to do the same and make a real difference to people’s lives and there are hands going up all over the offices for this, incredibly humbling and rewarding experience”

Ray White Lower North Shore’s Director Richard Harding said: “We are delighted to have been able to have the chance to support the Red Earth Program. It’s such a great opportunity for people to have some fun while raising awareness for such a worthy cause”.

Ray White Lower North Shore’s Justin Kurenda said “We are very appreciative of everyone’s support towards what is a very good cause. Having seen the conditions first hand, we now have a great appreciation for the daily struggles of our Indigenous Australians. We are thrilled to have been able to lend a hand both physically and financially and in the process positively assist the communities we visited. There was a great sense of accomplishment for all those involved  in the projects we completed”.

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