Raine & Horne helps take the fight to cancer

Media release - 12th November, 2014

South Australian homeowners, who have chosen to sell a property with leading real estate group, Raine & Horne, have made a big financial contribution to the war on cancer.

“To date, we’ve raised in excess of $21,000 for Cancer Council SA by contributing a portion of our fee for every home sold in 2014,” said Michael McDonald, CEO, Raine & Horne South Australia.

The leading real estate group’s Gary Dawe, Co-Principal of Raine & Horne Meadows and Raine & Horne Strathalbyn, recently presented a cheque to Cancer Council SA for more than $7,000. This amount was calculated against settled sales for the third quarter of 2014.

“We’ve developed a great relationship with Raine & Horne and I would like to thank them for their wonderful support throughout the year,” says Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson.

“Every day, 25 South Australians are diagnosed with cancer and these funds will ensure that we can continue to support ongoing research, raise awareness about cancer risks and provide the necessary support to people across the state affected by cancer.

“It remains so important that we continue to raise awareness that through healthy eating, being SunSmart, remaining active and not smoking, people can reduce their risk of cancer.”

According to Mr McDonald, Raine & Horne’s relationship with Cancer Council SA stretches back to 2008 and the current agreement is a formalisation of the long-term partnership.

“As a primary sponsor of Cancer Council SA, and its Community Action Van, we are committing much more than cash – and have mobilised the substantial resources of our 26 offices in South Australia in support of major events such as Daffodil Day, Girls Night In, Pink Ribbon Day, Biggest Morning Tea and Relay for Life in 2014,” says Mr McDonald.

“We employ more than 150 South Australians, who have collectively donated hundreds of hours of their time to vital Cancer Council initiatives such as the outstanding Be SunSmart crusade, the Quitline, Bowel Cancer Screening and Cancer Help Line 13 11 20.

“Our partnership is working very well as it’s bringing together two highly recognised brands, Raine & Horne and the Cancer Council, to help raise awareness of cancer and the benefits of early screening.”

Mr Dawe, for example, has endured the fight by a close family member, and this has influenced his support for the Cancer Council SA.

“My father was diagnosed with bowel cancer in his 50s and prostate cancer in his 60s,” says Mr Dawe.

“He was able to recover from both cancers, although prostate cancer eventually caught up with him – he made it into his 80s and the support of the Cancer Council SA was fantastic.”

Mr Dawe, who is heavily involved in organising the annual Meadows Country Fair, which also financially supported Cancer Council SA in 2014, added that his father was fortunate to detect his prostate and bowel cancer early.

“My father was one of the lucky ones as he detected his cancers early and was able to live a long, normal life,” says Mr Dawe.

“I’m therefore a big advocate of Cancer Council SA’s support programs and early screening measures, as they helped Dad enjoy a great life.”

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For further media information contact:

Michael McDonald, CEO, Raine & Horne SA on 0488 667 710

Simon Gill, Senior Public Relations Officer, Cancer Council SA on 0400 855 244