We believe that being born in a first world country, having an income, a home, education and food on the table makes us winners in the lottery of life.
And to add to that good fortune, we have the ability and the resources to make large sums of money at call. While this is a blessing it is also the source of an intense sense of responsibility to share our good fortune with people who have not had such a privileged start to life.
So we make a point of contributing a portion of our profit from each project to one of our favourite charities including Home Hug, Westside Chapel, Fred Hollows Foundation and Hands Across The Water.
Our most recent project was a heart project.
I fell in love with Hands Across the Water (The Hands Group) during a talk given by its founder Peter Baines a few years ago. It is a charity that provides homes, education, and love to children who have had a traumatic start to life. I then participated in a 5 day, 500k charity ride two years running with Stephen and Hannah, our daughter, and our business family, Business Blueprint.
This year I decided to turn up the heat. I invited students and family to come along and to my surprise I ended up with a team of 10 to ride. Each rider is required to fundraise $5000 so we needed $50,000.
I thought it might be fun to do a reno to raise the money. With the support of an incredibly generous community of students, staff, suppliers, and specialists, we got the ball rolling.
We purchased a studio apartment for $475,000, renovated and sold it for $670,000.
We made an incredible $120,000 profit and donated it all to Hands Across The Water.
The Renovating Team that helped raise the funds to hands across the water and participated in the 2017 Bike Ride.
By fundraising this way each of us more than doubled our contribution to the cause. This for me and my students created a meaning and purpose beyond our own desires. There is no dollar value you can put on that feeling.