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MFAA Prosper : Mortgage and Finance Brief 06
LJ Hooker raises $4m in 12 years for cystic fibrosis LJ Hooker last month celebrated its corporate/charity relationship with Cystic Fibrosis Australia hitting the $4m mark, 12 years after it partnered with the charity. The real estate and finance broking company has raised money via a host of events, including auctions, balls, dinners, recipe books, golf days, bike rides and walk-a-thons. “This proud community partnership has grown by so many of the LJ Hooker offices showing initiative and raising not only funds but creating great awareness of CF nationally,” said LJ Hooker Managing Director Alan Lambert. South Australian mortgage broker Greg Campbell scooped the Franchisee Community Service Award for the second year in a row at the Franchise Council of Australia’s gala dinner at Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland. The Mortgage Choice franchise owner, who’s based in Unley, was recognised for his ongoing support and contribution to the children’s family cancer charity Camp Quality. Campbell has been a volunteer for over 10 years, helping to organise events and programs, while for every home loan settled a donation is made to the charity. “I feel very privileged to have won,” he says. “This recognition will help me to further raise the profile of Camp Quality and hopefully bring in more money for the wide range of activities this fantastic organisation accomplishes for families every year,” QBE LMI’s risk and operations team, led by Jenny Boddington. From left: Alan Lambert, Managing Director, LJ Hooker, with Terry Stewart, CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Australia and Mitch Messer, President of the Cystic Fibrosis Australia Board. Quality achievement Almost 100 QBE LMI employees rolled their sleeves up and helped build a home for a family in Bidwell, Sydney, at the end of October. The build, which took place as part of the Habitat for Humanity scheme that is sponsored by QBE LMI, provided housing for the Akout family. Jacob and Rebecca Akout migrated to Australia as refugees from war-torn Sudan in search of stability and a better life for their five daughters (aged 2-11). Over a two-week period at the end of October, the QBE LMI volunteers engaged in a whole host of activities, including painting, sanding, hammering and gardening to help transform a block of land into a family home. Ian Graham, CEO of mortgage insurer QBE LMI said, “There are many Australians who are desperate to own their own home, but the reality is that affordability is simply out of their reach. Through our support of the Bidwill Blitz Build we are encouraging the affordability of housing for Australian families.” Habitat for Humanity builds houses in partnership with low-income families who would not otherwise be able to qualify for home ownership throughaconventional housing loan. M&FB Community The mortgage industry’s feel-good factor. 62 | Mor tgage & Finance brief Community
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