Starlight Children’s Foundation
title: Starlight Children’s Foundation
description: Richardson & Wrench and Starlight enjoy a comprehensive partnership that covers many different fundraising activities and levels of engagement.
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Starlight Children’s Foundation


The story so far 

Richardson & Wrench and Starlight enjoy a comprehensive partnership that covers many different fundraising activities and levels of engagement. What is really special about this partnership is this multi-tiered arrangement has grown organically from a personal connection one individual agent has with Starlight, to one agency throwing their support behind Starlight, to one regional group of agencies, to a broad and diverse engagement that extends throughout the Richardson & Wrench network across New South Wales and Queensland, with the number of agencies becoming involved growing each year.

What does the partnership involve?

Richardson & Wrench engage with Starlight on a number of levels, from merchandise sales by real estate outlets around Starlight Day, a regional and database focussed promotional campaign each Spring where a donation is paid to Starlight for each property sold by participating agents, fundraising participating in team fundraising in the lead up to the Blackmores Running Festivals in Sydney and Brisbane, supporting Starlight initiatives through active promotion by network agencies, being regular attendees at Five Chefs dinners, group familiarisation visits to the various Starlight Express Rooms in NSW and Queensland and also personal commitment by some R&W staff to volunteering at Starlight events and in the Starlight Express Rooms.

What makes the partnership unique? 

The Richardson & Wrench Spring Campaign is the most rewarding element to our partnership. This is a regional and database focussed promotional activity where each agency agrees to donate a specified amount per property sold throughout Spring each year. What is unique about this is it allows each agency and indeed the individual agents  within each agency to set the amount they want to donate at the beginning of the period so each agency is comfortable about the donation they make and even those with  smaller results can feel a part of something much bigger.

Objectives of the partnership:

>To support a wonderful charity in their efforts to provide support and hope to sick children and their families;

>To unite R&W agencies through involvement with a highly valued community based organisation;

>To foster community spirit and to assist the engagement of R&W employees with their communities.

What makes the partnership with Starlight worthwhile for Richardson & Wrench?

Over the time of this partnership, R&W have been responsible for donating $262,000 which has allowed Starlight to improve the experience of hospitalisation for 6,750 children. This means a great deal to all of the children and their families who have had to deal with so much during their time in care and during treatment. To be a small part of the support process for these children during these difficult times means so much to everyone at Richardson & Wrench.



Testimonials

It’s important to note that Kym did not ask us for a testimonial, but that we offered one due to our satisfaction with her as the salesperson of our home of 20 years. From the very first time we met Kym, who’d been referred by a friend, we felt comfortable and confident. She presented more as a ‘friend’ than as our agent, and her genuine enthusiasm for our property equaled ours. Naturally we also met with other Noosa agents, who we had no concerns with, however it was Kym’s friendliness, openness and honesty that encouraged us to choose her as our selling agent. Kym was very easy to communicate with throughout the whole process, efficiently and promptly responding to all our calls and messages. She guided us, but didn’t push, and respected our ideas and suggestions toward marketing and other relevant factors. We felt like we were a team and appreciated being kept updated as Kym worked with the potential buyers, including the end purchaser (whom I know is just as impressed with Kym as we are). Even without the great price that we achieved over such a short time frame, we’d still be recommending Kym for her professionalism and personalisation.
Jacqui & Charlie