Bay­leys steps up for Big Splash

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There’s noth­ing like a bit of com­mu­nity spirit to warm up win­ter, which par­tic­i­pants in this month’s Bay­leys Big Splash event will be hop­ing for in spades if it is to take the edge off their icy plunge.

The an­nual fundraiser for the Ran­giora Stroke Club brings to­gether a wide as­sort­ment of com­mu­nity fig­ures who for a good cause hurl them­selves into a tub of eye-pop­pingly cold wa­ter.

Spon­sor­ing jumpers pro­vides vi­tal fund­ing for lo­cals who have suf­fered a stroke. For busi­nesses and oth­ers who care, the event is a chance to put their money where their mouth is, or – in what is ev­ery­one’s pref­er­ence – put for­ward a jumper of their own.

Head­line spon­sor Bay­leys is this year do­ing both: stump­ing up the cash to make the whole thing pos­si­ble and also steer­ing two will­ing agents to­wards the cold, cold blue.

The event takes place on Satur­day June 23 on the front lawn of the Waimakariri Dis­trict Coun­cil of­fices in Ran­giora.

Event man­ager Belinda Topp, of Ran­giora Pro­mo­tions, says all funds raised will be passed on to the stroke club thanks to or­gan­i­sa­tional costs hav­ing been met by Bay­leys.

‘‘It wouldn’t be pos­si­ble with­out them,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a fundraiser but it still costs a lot to pro­duce so with­out Bay­leys’ sup­port we wouldn’t be able to do it.

‘‘Last year, $6000 was raised and that en­abled the stroke club to add a whole other phys­io­ther­apy ses­sion for their mem­bers once a month. We hope we can do that and more this time.’’

Bay­leys North Can­ter­bury man­ager Ross Dit­mer says the real es­tate com­pany was in­spired to get in­volved by its long and close re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Bay­leys has re­ally high val­ues and the stroke club is such a good cause that it just felt right,’’ he says.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing we do comes down to trust – we’re all con­nected to the com­mu­nity in one way or an­other.’’

Ross has spent al­most his whole life in North Can­ter­bury and has been with Bay­leys for the past five years. He was a vol­un­teer fire­fighter in the re­gion for 25 years.

Other Bay­leys agents are sim­i­larly con­nected to their com­mu­ni­ties, and all work to­gether to en­sure clients are matched with the spe­cial­ist suited to their prop­erty type, Ross says.

Res­i­den­tial, life­style, ru­ral, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial prop­er­ties are han­dled by the com­pany, which also has a prop­erty man­age­ment team.

Adding to the Big Splash event is a drop-in morn­ing tea Bay­leys is host­ing at their Ran­giora of­fice on Wed­nes­day June 20. It’s a chance for peo­ple to say hi and for a gold coin dona­tion have a cof­fee and bite to eat. All pro­ceeds will go to the stroke club.

At the Big Splash that Satur­day, Bay­leys is also or­gan­is­ing a colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion for chil­dren and giv­ing adults a chance to win a ham­per, with peo­ple able to pick a key from a bun­dle for a gold coin dona­tion and see if it opens a locked door. Pro­ceeds here will also go to the stroke club.

Ran­giora Pro­mo­tions vice chair­man Chris Boivin feels the cold dur­ing last year’s Big Splash fundraiser in Ran­giora. Sup­port from real es­tate com­pany Bay­leys has made it pos­si­ble for the event to re­turn this year on Satur­day June 23.

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