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Ray White shines a light on giving this festive season

By Nina Jensen

This Christmas, Ray White will continue its popular tradition of giving with the return of a little Ray of giving.

The inspiring Christmas campaign will see Ray White offices in Queenstown and Arrowtown partner with the Rotary Club of Queenstown to help those who may need a little extra light in their festive season.

Ray White asks people in the Wakatipu to embrace the giving season and dig deep for those in their community who need it most. The campaign will officially launch in Australia and New Zealand on 1 December 2015.

Every year, members of the community are asked to donate a gift for those less fortunate and drop it into one of their participating Ray White offices, who together with Rotary will distribute to gifts to Happiness House in Queenstown and Ronald McDonald House in Invercargill.

“This gift drive is a really simple way to help put a smile on the face of children and families who may need some extra cheer at this time of year”, said Ray White Queenstown co-owner Cameron Reed adding that just a small gift can make the biggest difference to families who are struggling at an expensive time of year.

“All you need to do is wrap up your present and drop it under the tree in your local Ray White office,” said Reed.

Ray White Queenstown located at 1 Church Lane and Ray White Arrowtown at 14 Buckingham Street will have a special giving tree in their front window to collect gifts for children and families who will be doing it tough this festive season.

Those who wish to donate a gift just need to inform the Ray White team if the gift is for a boy or girl, and nominate an age group. The team will ensure the gift is delivered to a disadvantaged child and help put a smile on their face this Christmas.

To raise extra funds for Happiness House this year Ray White Queenstown are also raffling off a large playhouse for $2 per ticket.  “The playhouse has been a great example of our community coming together to show their support for Happiness House” said Reed.

“The paint was kindly donated by Resene, Rotary members Geoff and Bevan decorated the outside of the playhouse with Niki Mason from Happiness House adding the finishing touches to the interior.  Queenstown Signs have made a great sign to go on the front door, and we’ve also had a lot of help from a local hiab owner to move the house around” said Reed.

The winner of the playhouse will be drawn on 18th December (UPS) and all proceeds will be going to Happiness House.  Tickets can be bought from the Ray White Queenstown office or from Happiness House at 4 Park Street.

Ray White has run the Little Ray of Giving initiative across Australia and New Zealand each December since 2012. Last year nearly 300 offices across Australia and New Zealand helped collected 15,000 gifts for disadvantaged families last Christmas.

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