Estate agents practise good neighbourship

=The team of REMAX Above and Beyond with some of the items they have donated to Veronica’s Care Centre. In front from left are Craig Seaman (RE/MAX Above and Beyond owner), Kevin Shelver and Antonio Seconds. At the back are (from left) David Ross (RE/MAX Above and Beyond co-owner), Les Olivier (RE/MAX Above and Beyond co-owner), Veronica Petersen (Veronica’s Care Centre), Yvonne Erasmus, Adéle Shelver and Marisca Oliphant. Absent: Ken Ngqubavu.
=The team of REMAX Above and Beyond with some of the items they have donated to Veronica’s Care Centre. In front from left are Craig Seaman (RE/MAX Above and Beyond owner), Kevin Shelver and Antonio Seconds. At the back are (from left) David Ross (RE/MAX Above and Beyond co-owner), Les Olivier (RE/MAX Above and Beyond co-owner), Veronica Petersen (Veronica’s Care Centre), Yvonne Erasmus, Adéle Shelver and Marisca Oliphant. Absent: Ken Ngqubavu.

Real estate businesses are driven by people working and living in areas which they are fond of. This makes direct community involvement meaningful and especially through good neighbourship.

The team from RE/MAX Above and Beyond Uitenhage recently proved their good neighbourliness with their visit and donations of food to their neighbour, Veronica’s Care Centre, a non-profit organisation taking care of less privileged persons with disabilities and Alzheimer's disease.

Les Olivier, one of the real estate owners of RE/MAX Above and Beyond Uitenhage said, RE/MAX Foundation is known for its national Coats and Cans collection in reaching out to communities in need of food items and/or winter clothing and blankets.

“When we had our office meeting regarding the Coats and Cans drive to determine a local beneficiary, one of our team members mentioned Veronica’s, who are our neighbours,” said Olivier.

“Everybody said yes ... that is a good idea! So, it was unanimously agreed that Veronica’s will be where RE/MAX Above and Beyond will invest their community involvement.”

They donated much needed vegetables, fruit, groceries and other food to the centre.

“I just want to cry. Thank you to RE/MAX Above and Beyond for the donations and their support. This is what good neighbourliness is about,” said Veronica Petersen from Veronica’s Care Centre.

Olivier said since they had moved to their new premises, the residents from Veronica’s always waved at them as they entered or left their parking area.

“I’ve noticed our agents waving back to the people at the care centre. I consider this as good neighbourliness,” said Olivier.

She said they liked to think that their involvement with Veronica’s Care Centre would be something to continue with.

“Our agents are well connected and we have encouraged them to get out there and talk to people about the centre to broaden the support for these less privileged persons,” said Olivier.

Veronica’s Care Centre

Veronica’s Care Centre is a registered non-profit organisation which was established 10 years ago with the aim to take care of less privilegef persons with Alzheimer’s disease and persons with disabilities. They currently take care of 21 people, but can accommodate 25 residents. Qualified careworkers assist at Veronica’s. The board members are Gertha Meyer and Xolisa Kasi. Their current main needs are for basic medical items, food, washing machines and financial assistance.

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