Phil Horrobin, owner of Ray White City Apartments, Ray White New Zealand office of the year, opened Ray White Broadway in August 2012. The Broadway office is situated centrally in Newmarket with agents who specialise in property from Parnell to Epsom. These well serviced areas are made particularly desirable by the high achieving public and private schools for which they are zoned. Phil is of the view that his businesses can contribute to these districts by supporting the local schools, building lasting relationships throughout the broader community and making the area a better place for families.
Ray White Broadway agent Martin Morgan has recently connected with the local Newmarket Primary School. The annual school Fiesta, an important part of the Newmarket Primary calendar, was held on Saturday 16th November. This year Martin got involved by arranging a colouring competition during the week leading up to the Fiesta. Staff and students assisted Martin with getting things set up by creating stands, entry forms and signs to promote the competition. With the contest divided into two age groups, entrants were required to colour in a picture of a Ray White house with children in the older age category colouring a slightly more detailed picture.
At the assembly before the Fiesta, well-known local artist Nicky Foreman judged the competition and presented prizes sponsored by Ray White Broadway.
During the Fiesta, along with Ray White Broadway Facebook mascot Mr Frog, Martin Morgan and his assistant Sarah Codling manned a high profile site which a good volume of visitors circulated through. The Fiesta included art for sale, a sand saucer competition, an international café and an animal petting zoo. Martin and Sarah held a Yellow & White Jellybean Guessing Contest with a jar for children at a cost of 20 cents per guess and a jar for adults at 1 dollar per guess. They also held a raffle for an electronic weather station, with all proceeds going to Newmarket Primary. Martin felt enthusiastic about the day, commenting that “The response to the fiesta in general was overwhelming with all the children showcasing great skill in creating fantastic items for sale, such as place mats, key rings and Christmas decorations.”
Following on from the completion of the event, the 1st and 2nd prize winners of the colouring competition were displayed in the Ray White Broadway showroom window for the weekend. Martin commented that “It was great to see the number of children who were brought to the window to look at the pictures with many parents stopping to browse at available properties.”
Dr Wendy Kofoed, principal at Newmarket Primary School expressed her appreciation for the support received from Ray White. “It was great to have Martin’s involvement in the Fiesta. Ray White is now part of the Newmarket community and we are always keen to strengthen our community bonds. Our students loved the colouring competition Martin organised with the help of a group of student leaders, and that a professional artist was the judge. The winners of the competition were certainly appreciative of their prizes and the jellybeans for all entrants were spot on too.”