Community

2013 Damian Leeding Golf Day

Palm Meadows Golf Resort was a popular place to be on May 29th, 2013 with more than 200 golfers turning out to remember fallen officer Damian Leeding, and raise money for Queensland Police Legacy.

Two years ago to the day, the Detective Senior Constable was shot during a botched armed robbery at Pacific Pines, and died days later.

The annual golf day received overwhelming support from local businesses, including First National Nerang. The golf day was completely sold out and even had a reserve list for the day.
First National Nerang has competed in the Queensland Police Legacy Golf Day for 8 consecutive years and is proud to have been able to take part in the Damian Leeding Golf Day as well.
Queensland Police Legacy is an independent charity with no government support, which not only assists the spouse and families of deceased police officers, but also the spouse and children of terminally ill police officers and officers who have lost a spouse.

Legacy achieves this in many ways, such as providing for the education of their children through to tertiary level. This wonderful scheme has assisted legatees, that have gone on to become doctors, radiographers, chemists, chefs, dancers, engineers, pilots, trades people and police officers.


First National Nerang Supports Local Netball Team

First National Nerang is proud to be a sponsor of the Pacific Pines Netball Team, recently donating $1,000 to go towards trophies for the end of year awards for the junior teams in September. Club captain Georgia, PPNC president Cushla and Senior Co-ordinator Maree were on hand to recieve their cheque.

There are 11 junior teams in the club, with players ranging from under 8’s to under 14’s, plus 5 senior teams including mixed teams. The club play at facilities around the Gold Coast, including Carrara and Mudgeeraba.
Established in 2009, the Pacific Pines Netball Club relies on sponsors to keep their club going and raise their own fundraising events as well, including sausage sizzles, trivia nights and more!

For more information on the club – or to join in – log onto www.pacificpinesnetball.com.au


First National Nerang Give From The Heart

Community spirit in local business is important and First National Real Estate Nerang is dedicated to supporting the community through its ongoing relationship with the Australian Red Cross. The team has once again rolled up their sleeves and donated blood at the Robina Blood Donor Centre.

As a proud member of Club Red, the team at First National Real Estate Nerang is more than happy to donate their time, and more importantly their blood, to help those who rely on blood donations to survive.
It’s something that’s close to our hearts, so to speak. It takes only 30 minutes for one person to potentially save three lives, and that is something truly amazing.

We now have half of our team committed to donating blood, and we hope that we can inspire others in the community to make that commitment with us.

Some of our staff are even upgrading their regular whole blood donation by agreeing to be added to the Bone Marrow Donor Registry.

First National Nerang is also a part of the First National Foundation which is proud Humanity Partner with the Red Cross. The Foundation was established in 2006 to
co-ordinate our networks collective philanthropic efforts and tangibly demonstrate First National’s commitment to the community. In 2007 the First National Foundation commenced a three-year partnership with a commitment of $1 million dollar per year donation to the Australian Red Cross in support of their REDIPlan Emergency Services program.

Everyone at First National Nerang is extremely proud of our connection with the Australian Red Cross which is the most trusted and respected charity in the country. We urge everyone to invest just 30 minutes every 3 months to donate blood for our community.


Speaking Out, 2011

The Nerang Alliance of State Schools recently held a “Speaking Out” competition. Nerang First National proudly sponsored the event providing trophies and book prizes for all the winners.

The competition involves the students in academic pursuits of excellence and helps them
prepare for other Gold Coast speaking competitions.
The Nerang Alliance includes Nerang High School plus the surrounding primary schools of Worongary, William Duncan, Nerang , Gilston, Beechmont, Canungra and Numinbah Valley.

“The Speaking Out competition began as a part of our commitment to work together to involve all of the schools of the Nerang Alliance” said Lynne Bell, Principal of Nerang State High School.
“Topics are selected by the Principals and students in each level have several from which they can choose and they also speak for different lengths of time depending on their age”.


2011 Annual Queensland Police Golf Day

For the 6th consecutive year, First National Nerang once again joined a gathering of fellow golf loving Queensland Police Officers as sponsors for their annual fundraising day in support of the Queensland Police Legacy Scheme.

Queensland Police Legacy is an independent charity with no government support, which not only assists the spouse and families of deceased police officers, but also the spouse and children of terminally ill police officers and officers who have lost a spouse.

Legacy achieves this in many ways, such as providing for the education of their children through to tertiary level. This wonderful scheme has assisted legatees, that have gone on to become doctors, radiographers, chemists, chefs, dancers, engineers, pilots, trades people and police officers.

Today, Legacy assists some 47 families throughout the state, primarily through voluntary payroll deductions from serving police officers. Additionally, donations are also gratefully received from sporting bodies, such as the Police Golf, Bowls and Pistol Clubs, fund-raising events, bequests, direct public donations and from business sponsors such as First National.

If you would like to donate to this truly wonderful cause, simply contact Legacy on
07 32362276 or you can view Police Legacy on www.qpcu.org/legacy


Red Cross Support Hits Home is Floods

When the team at Nerang First National decided to help raise a Million Dollars for the Australian RED CROSS, nobody expected to see them come to the rescue of First National staff members.

But that’s exactly what happened to sales associate Andrew Davidson during the recent Gold Coast floods.

When flood waters suddenly rose around his Hinterland home cutting off roads and causing a power outage, Andrew and his neighbours knew they had a long week in front of them.

“It was really very scary, with flood waters on one side of the house and stormwater runoff on the other” Andrew said.

“Our neighbours fence and sheds ended up in our trees. The bark has been stripped off the trees showing it got about 2.5 meters deep.”

Andrew’s new car was submerged and so severely damaged, it was written off by his insurance company.

The Red Cross with its ‘Emergency REDiPlan’ was the first through when the flood waters receded providing much needed support, information packs and help for residents to receive urgent government assistance.

The First National group has made a bold & ambitious commitment to raise at least $1,000,000 per year for the Red Cross, specifically to support the development of it’s National Disaster & Emergency Services Program – the ‘Emergency REDiPlan’ project.

The Emergency REDiPlan is aimed at increasing the “emergency readiness” of households and communities across Australia by informing & supporting communities when disaster strikes.

First National through its dedicated fundraising body ‘The First National Foundation’ works in direct partnership with the Red Cross to raise funds and promote this amazing national initiative.

Nerang First National proudly supports both the foundation & the local community. Recently, as a Gold Sponsor of the “Nerang Celebrates” Christmas festival at Bischoff Park on the River, the team gave away hundreds of helium balloons to the kids, cash prizes for a coloring competition and raffled a giant hamper for the Red Cross.

Seeing the benefits of our fundraising first hand is inspiring for everyone in the team to continue supporting these wonderful organisations.


Nerang Celebrates Christmas

On Saturday 15h December, Nerang celebrated Christmas with a big community day at Bischoff Park on the banks of Nerang River.

There were free rides for the kids, great entertainment and food all throughout the day and evening plus Candles By Candlelight, a visit from Santa and a wonderful fireworks display in the evening.

Around 1,500 people enjoyed the festivities during the day and that number swelled to approximately 2,500 for the carols & fireworks in the evening

In keeping with the community spirit and to help fund the event, Nerang First National donated $1,500 as a Gold sponsor.

The team set up a large marquee and along with representatives from the Australian Red Cross, they handed out hundreds of free helium balloons ran a coloring in competition with cash prizes for the kids.

The team also provided lots of information material and displays about buying, selling, renting and finance, plus a visual display of the magnificent and diversified work that the Australian Red Cross volunteers perform both around the world and in Australia.

Tickets in a giant Christmas hamper were sold throughout the day and drawn by councilor Peter Young, with all proceeds going to the First National Foundation as a contribution towards First Nationals $1,000,000 target for the Australian Red Cross.

It was a brilliant community event and the team at Nerang First National look forward to sponsoring an even bigger day in December this year


Christmas For The Kids

Christmas is a wonderful time for families to come together and celebrate the festive season but for nearly 700 children currently in foster, kinship or residential care in the Gold Coast region, this may not be possible.

Child Safety Minister Margaret Keech specifically asked real estate agents throughout the Gold Coast for help with this important cause.

Nerang First National has had an exceptional 2007 so it was no surprise when the staff collected a pile of presents for local children.


$3 Million to Australian Red Cross

Nerang First National is proud to be apart of the First National Foundation which was established in 2006 to co-ordinate our collective philanthropic efforts and tangibly demonstrate First National’s commitment to the community.

Because of their increasing incidence and severity, Australian Red Cross is working on initiatives to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies more effectively. Through financial support of this work Nerang First National and other First National members will actively be assisting Red Cross in building stronger communities across Australia.

Our partnership investment, with its commitment to raise $1 million a year for three years, earns us the status of National Humanity Partner’ – the highest and most esteemed level of partnership with Red Cross. In 2007, the First National Foundation has commenced an exciting three-year partnership with Australian Red Cross. Red Cross is the most trusted and respected charity in the country.

Take a moment to consider last summer’s bushflres in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia, the cyclones in Queensland and north-west Australia, the drought, the Kerang train disaster in northern Victoria and the recent storms and flooding on the NSW Central Coast.

These emergencies tore at the heart of their local towns and communities. And they all had one thing in common: Australian Red Cross was there to help in a myriad of ways – reuniting families, providing care, comfort, and first aid to those directly affected, and reaching out to provide critical service information to people in their homes.


2007 Annual Queensland Police Golf Day

Nerang First National was once again proud to be a sponsor of the annual Queensland Police Golf Day held in aid of the Queensland Police Legacy Scheme. Ray Ellis & Shawn Barber represented our company, and presented a donation which helped raise $12,000 on the day.

Established in 1971, Queensland Police were the first Police force in Australia to establish a Legacy to provide assistance to the families of deceased police officers.
Today, Queensland Police Legacy is an independent charitable organisation that aims to not only assist the spouse and families of deceased police officers, but also the spouse & dependent children of terminally ill police officers and officers who have lost a spouse.
Police Legacy primarily survives on the voluntary contributions of serving police, usually through small regular payroll deductions. In addition to these funds, donations are also gratefully received from sporting bodies, fund-raising lunches, collections from National Police Remembrance Day Ceremonies, bequests & through direct donations from the public.

If you, your business or organisation would like to donate to this truly wonderful cause, simply contact Legacy on 07 32362276 or you can view further information at
www.qpcu.org/legacy


Give Me 5 For Kids, 2007

Every year Gold FM maintain the Give Me 5 For Kids charity for the month of July and once again Nerang First National dug deep for the Kids of the Gold Coast. with a $1000 donation.

Around $750,000 has been raised over the past 9 years for the Children’s Ward at the Gold Coast and Tweed Hospitals.


Speaking Out, 2007

The Nerang Alliance of State Schools recently held a “Speaking Out” competition. Nerang First National proudly sponsored the event providing trophies and book prizes for all the winners.

The competition involves the students in academic pursuits of excellence and helps them
prepare for other Gold Coast speaking competitions.
The Nerang Alliance includes Nerang High School plus the surrounding primary schools of Worongary, William Duncan, Nerang , Gilston, Beechmont, Canungra and Numinbah Valley.

“The Speaking Out competition began as a part of our commitment to work together to involve all of the schools of the Nerang Alliance” said Lynne Bell, Principal of Nerang State High School.
“Topics are selected by the Principals and students in each level have several from which they can choose and they also speak for different lengths of time depending on their age”.


Agency Helps Police Legacy To Lend a Helping Hand

Nerang First National was proud to be a sponsor of the Queensland Police Golf Day held at the Gold Coast Burleigh Golf Club recently, in aid of the Queensland Police Legacy Scheme.

Established in 1971, Queensland Police were the first Police force in Australia to establish a Legacy to provide assistance to the families of deceased police officers.

Mike Gray presents a donation cheque to Senior Sergeant Vern Sanders for Policy Legacy

Today, Queensland Police Legacy is an independent charitable organisation that aims to not only assist the spouse and families of deceased police officers, but also the spouse and dependent children of terminally ill police officers and officers who have lost a spouse.

Legacy achieves this in many ways, such as providing for the education of their children through to tertiary level. With the assistance of this wonderful Scheme, legatees have gone on to become doctors, radiographers, chemists, chefs, dancers, engineers, pilots, trades people and police officers.

Through the inspiration of Queensland Police Legacy most other Australian states and Papua New Guinea have also established Police Legacy Schemes.

Queensland Legacy currently assists 43 families throughout the state. The most recent legatee family is the wife and two children of a 36 year old constable from the Nerang Scene of Crime Section who passed away from cancer

Police Legacy primarily survives on the voluntary contributions of serving police, usually through small regular payroll deductions. In addition to these funds, donations are also gratefully received from sporting bodies, such as the Police Golf, Bowls and Pistol Clubs, fund-raising lunches, collections from National Police Remembrance Day Ceremonies, bequests and through direct donations from the public.

If you, your business or organisation would like to donate to this truly wonderful cause, simply contact Legacy on 07 32362276 or you can view further information on the Police Legacy on the web at this address:
www.qpcu.org/legacy


A Bit OF Festive Cheer For The Kids in Hospital

In July this year the team at Nerang First National conducted a fund raising event in conjunction with the Nerang RSL for the Give Me 5 for Kids Charity.

A huge chain of donated one and two dollar coins stretched 361.1 meters raising more than $15,000. All proceeds went to the Childrens Ward at the Gold Coast and Tweed Hospitals.

With Christmas approaching, thoughts again turned to the Childrens Ward and the team wanted to spread a little of the festive cheer.

A day or two before Christmas two members on behalf of the Nerang First National’s Team, Ray Ellis and Cheree Miers presented a donation to the Children’s Ward and presented stockings to all the children who could not return home for the holidays or Christmas Day.

Ray Ellis & Cheree Miers spread some Christmas spirit in the Children’s ward

Thankfully many of the kids were able to go home for a day two so patient numbers were down. All excess stockings were given to the nurses to be handed out to any new and returning children admitted over the holidays.

The visit was very special for Ray and Cheree, both of whom in the past have had to call upon the doctors and nurses of the Childrens Ward at the Gold Coast Hospital when they each had a child rushed to the ward under emergency conditions.

The team have again committed to fund raising with the Give Me 5 Charity Campaign for 2007 which is co-coordinated by Richard and Sarah from GOLD FM.

Over the past 8 years the event has raised in excess of $600,000 for the kids of the Gold Coast Hospital.


The School of St Jude, Tanzania, Fighting Poverty Through Education

In 2005 the amazing Gemma Rice and the School of St Jude in Tanzania were featured on the ABC show, Australian Story.

The School of St Jude is an Australian run school in Tanzania, East Africa. It was built by Australian volunteers and sponsors and now boasts more than 700 students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 in Primary.

Greg Paterson, primary school teacher at William Duncan School watched the episode showcasing Gemma and the school.

Michael Gray, Principal Licensee of Nerang First National Real Estate presenting a cheque to Greg Paterson

Greg has done volunteer work himself in Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia and with a trip to Africa already planned Greg changed his itinerary to include a few days at the school.

The Tanzanian Government provides no funding for the school whatsoever. A few days turned into 3 weeks working with Gemma to construct sporting facilities for the students. Gemma founded the school in 2002 after visiting Uganda as a 22 year old volunteer to teach mathematics, science and sewing to local girls.

The Goal of the school is to allow the students to progress every year so the school will offer Grade 7 by 2008 advancing eventually all the way to the end of high school. During his time working with the kids at St Jude’s, it became obvious to Greg that there was a great need for sporting equipment. In a country crazy about soccer the school had just two soccer balls for the 700 kids to use.

Motivated by Gemma and the students Greg commences a one year volunteer teaching program starting in the second week of January 2007. Greg organised the “Afro Duncan Five Aside Touch Football Competition” recently as a fundraising initiative with all proceeds doing directly towards sporting equipment for the school.
Nerang First National have taken up the cause with Greg with a donation this year and a commitment to sponsor the Football Competition for future years.

You can read more about the school including how to contribute on their website at www.schoolofstjude.co.tz


Speaking Out Competition – Nerang First National Encourages Students to Speak Out

The Nerang Alliance of State Schools recently held a “Speaking Out” competition. Nerang First National proudly sponsored the event providing trophies and book prizes for all the winners.

The competition involves the students in academic pursuits of excellence and helps them prepare for other Gold Coast speaking competitions.

Michael Gray, Principal Licensee of Nerang First National Real Estate pictured with organiser Lynne Bell, Principal of Nerang High presenting awards to the 7 winners of the local Speaking Out Competition.

The Students L to R: Dallas Charter, Dale Maden, Esther McGovern, Alex Maden, Samantha Mineo, Bridie O’Flaherty and Paige O’Flaherty

The Nerang Alliance includes Nerang High School plus the surrounding primary schools of Worongary, William Duncan, Nerang , Gilston, Beechmont, Canungra and Numinbah Valley.

“The Speaking Out competition began as a part of our commitment to work together to involve all of the schools of the Nerang Alliance” said Lynne Bell, Principal of Nerang State High School.

“Topics are selected by the Principals and students in each level have several from which they can choose and they also speak for different lengths of time depending on their age”.

Winners on the night were Samantha Mineo, Year 4 at Canungra State School, Dale Maden, Year 5 at Worongary State School, Esther McGovern, Year 6 at Beechmont State School, Dallas Charter, Year 7 at William Duncan State School, Paige O’Flaherty, Year 8 at Nerang State High School and Bridie O’Flaherty, Year 9 at Nerang State High School.

The night’s premier award of “Speaker of the Night” went to Alex Maden, Year 7 at Worongary State School.

Congratulations to all the winners and participants from the team at Nerang First National.

All photos taken on the night of award winners can be viewed here


Give Me 5 For Kids – World Record Attempt for the Longest Chain of Gold Coins

In June 2006 Nerang First National conducted a fund raising event in conjunction with Nerang RSL for Gold FM’s Give Me 5 For Kids Charity. All funds raised are for the Childrens Ward at the Gold Coast and Tweed District Hospitals.

The Give Me 5 For Kids fundraising is normally done with dozens of events over a 3 – 4 week period every year by radio personalities Richard and Sarah from Gold FM on the Gold Coast. For 8 years this has been an annual event for Richard and Sarah. More than $102,000 was raised during the 2006 campaign.

The event chosen was a world record attempt for the Longest Chain of Gold Coins. The day was a huge success with over $15,000 raised in under 4 hours and a chain of 361.1m of Gold Coins was achieved. The world record submission has been lodged for ratification with the Guinness Book of Records and should be back within a couple of months.

All photos taken on the day can be viewed here