Inside Franchise Business

MARK MARTIN, NARELLAN POOLS

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Mark Martin of Narellan Pools Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast participat­es in community work in the name of his young son Sam, who died at nine years old from a rare form of cancer. Seeing the work children’s charities do first hand, Martin wanted to carry on his son’s legacy by supporting the organisati­ons that helped his family so much.

The charity Martin is aligned with holds an annual fundraiser, Give Me 5 for Kids.

“Having that human element was very well received by the community,” he says. The fundraiser aims to reach the $30,000-$35,000 mark, and Martin is in ongoing discussion­s with the charity about this year’s event. He believes it is important to change things occasional­ly and be creative with fundraisin­g.

Martin says community and philanthro­py are a big part of the Narellan Pools franchisin­g network. The franchisee donates a swimming-pool package every year for which families can bid at auction. Through the Give Me 5 for Kids campaign the benefactor is Wishlist and the Child Health Services on the Sunshine Coast.

Other suppliers and businesses on the coast support Martin with the cause, and he says the franchisor has been “incredibly supportive” through the tough times and is encouragin­g about the community work.

Being a franchisee on the Sunshine Coast means there is a strong community feel because of the small population. “It really humbles me that people recognise my wife and I because of the work we do,” he says. “We see the charity evolve and grow, and as it is becomes bigger more people help with fundraisin­g.”

Martin’s personal experience has helped reinforce his belief that local charities need support. One of his memories is of Sam in hospital using iPads that were funded by charity.

“We are fortunate we can help. Charity starts at home, and it starts in your community,” he says. “People use our services because of the charity work.”

“community and philanthro­py are a big part of the Narellan Pools franchisin­g network.

 ??  ?? Narellan Pools owner and MD Chris Meyer, Mark and Tanya Martin, and Peter Baily, Narellan Pools’ COO
Narellan Pools owner and MD Chris Meyer, Mark and Tanya Martin, and Peter Baily, Narellan Pools’ COO
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