G.J. Gardner’s big donation
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.