G.J. Gard­ner’s big do­na­tion

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Giv­ing away your prop­erty’s cap­i­tal gains might seem like a crazy idea in to­day’s hous­ing cli­mate, let alone pro­vid­ing the house be­low cost, but G. J. Gard­ner Homes will do just that.

In Au­gust, two new G.J. Gard­ner homes will go un­der the ham­mer with all of the prof­its and cap­i­tal gains go­ing to the char­ity Big Buddy - a New Zealand or­gan­i­sa­tion that part­ners fa­ther­less boys with a pos­i­tive male role model.

The Pukekohe house, lo­cated 81 Val­ley Rd, will be auc­tioned on Au­gust 30, and on Au­gust 31, the home in Hamil­ton, 2 McCorquin­dale Dr, will be auc­tioned.

One day Big Buddy hopes to ex­pand to more re­gions across the coun­try but with only nine per cent of fund­ing com­ing from the Govern­ment, to make that dream a re­al­ity they rely on the gen­eros­ity of fun­ders, spon­sors, and do­na­tions.

For two years now G.J. Gard­ner has been sup­port­ing Big Buddy at a na­tional level through do­na­tions and men­tor­ing.

Grant Por­te­ous, the mas­ter fran­chisor for G.J. Gard­ner Homes, said: ‘‘Ev­ery boy needs a father fig­ure and that’s why it’s been great for us to be in­volved with Big Buddy in a way that goes fur­ther than just fi­nan­cial sup­port.’’

The Big Buddy Big auctions have been 12 months in the mak­ing. The sheer vol­ume of busi­nesses con­tribut­ing to the project has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the cost of the builds mak­ing the po­ten­tial profit higher, Por­te­ous said.

ITM is the build­ing sup­plies part­ner, Huntly Join­ery has do­nated the win­dows and kitchens and, Harcourt’s in Hamil­ton and Bar­foot and Thomp­son in Pukekohe are mar­ket­ing the prop­er­ties.

Travis Field from Big Buddy said: ‘‘The sup­port that we’ve had on these auctions is amaz­ing and with­out it, we wouldn’t have been able to ex­pand into the Waikato any­where near as quickly. Our dad’s teach us so many life lessons, so to be able to give the op­por­tu­nity to young boys who don’t have a father fig­ure, for rea­sons that are out of their con­trol, is re­ally spe­cial.’’

Big Buddy has opened new branches in South Auck­land and Hamil­ton, adding to the branches in Auck­land and Welling­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the auctions head to G.J. Gard­ner’s face­book page or head to www.big­buddy.org.nz.

G.J. Gard­ner Homes will auc­tion off this home in Pukekohe.

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