Strong sup­port for the com­mu­nity

The Tribune (NZ) - - WATSON INTEGRITY CELEBRATING 20 YEARS -

As a fam­ily owned real es­tate firm, Wat­sons Real Es­tate Ltd with of­fices in Palmer­ston North and Feild­ing, has been se­lec­tive when it comes to choos­ing clubs and so­ci­eties in the dis­trict.

‘‘We love giv­ing back to our com­mu­nity,’’ says Wat­son’s prin­ci­pal Ken Wat­son. The com­pany has or­gan­ised sev­eral spe­cial com­mu­nity-based events. In con­junc­tion with Neigh­bour­hood Watch, Wat­sons spon­sored sev­eral street par­ties. Peo­ple could nom­i­nate neigh­bours they felt had been through dif­fi­cult times. Wat­sons would then de­cide who was in great­est need of some bright­ness in their lives and would or­gan­ise a street party for the neigh­bour­hood.

For three years they have given away 10 whole hams at Christ­mas time and they or­gan­ised a can col­lec­tion in con­junc­tion with Tiritea School and Feild­ing In­ter­me­di­ate. Be­tween the two schools a to­tal 1600 cans were do­nated and this was matched with the do­na­tion of the same num­ber of cans by Wat­son Real Es­tate. The cans were then do­nated to Manch­ester House in Feild­ing and the Sal­va­tion Army.

Much of Wat­son Real Es­tate’s sup­port to lo­cal clubs is of a sport­ing na­ture. ‘‘As a foot­ball fam­ily we en­joy be­ing able to spon­sor lo­cal foot­ball clubs and ju­nior teams,’’ says Ken.

Pre­vi­ously Wat­son Real Es­tate was the ma­jor spon­sor of Young­heart Manawatu and for many years has been one of the main spon­sors of Palmer­ston North Marist Foot­ball Club. Wat­sons, along with staff mem­ber Chris Cham­ber­lain, both spon­sor the Red Sox Manawatu Foot­ball Club. Other sport­ing clubs to ben­e­fit from Wat­son Real Es­tate spon­sor­ship now and over the years in­clude Takaro Ta­ble Tennis Club and spon­sor­ship of cloth­ing for Takaro Bowl­ing Club. Palmer­ston North Golf Club has also ben­e­fit­ted from spon­sor­ship and Ken has been a mem­ber for many years.

An­other mem­ber of staff, John Cox in the Feild­ing of­fice, has a strong in­volve­ment with Feild­ing and Manawatu rugby.

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