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Making Dreams Come True

No rules make five dreams come true

We are pleased to announce the five worthy recipients of the Make Dreams Come True initiative.

This concept was launched by the team to celebrate the successes of the year by giving back to the people who have made those successes possible.

The Davis Family has been in real estate for over 30 years with Mark and Aaron Davis now heading the Harcourts Franchise. Co-Business Owner Mark says -“we are in a game of changing people’s lives through helping them buy and sell homes and making their dreams a reality. We asked ourselves how we could give back a little bit more and opening this idea of making dreams come true to everyone was the only way.”

“In our business we are always trying to be innovative and creative in our solutions and marketing for our clients, so this was a way to stick to our way of business but continue our long standing community support and get rid of the rules and criteria to give everyone a chance.”

With over 80 entries, applicants were asked to write down the reason why they, or the organisation they represented, should be a recipient of one of five $1000 grants to ‘make their dreams come true.’ All they had to do was write 1 page as to why they deserved the grant, have a Harcourts Marlborough salesperson or staff member endorse the application and deliver it to the Harcourts office. Simple - no rules or criteria.

The winning entries were:

  • Stroke Foundation Southern Region Inc to purchase a new Able-X rehabilitation system to aid stroke survivors regain mobility by retraining and stimulating the brain to help the recovery.
  • Anna Tempero a seventeen year old Marlborough Girls College student who has a dream to be a NZ Gymnastics Rep and will use the grant to pay for a coach and travel to competitions.
  • The Blenheim rowing club has three gentlemen Karl Manson, Corey McCaffrey and Tom Murray who have been selected to represent NZ in the World Under 23 Rowing Champs in Lithuania and a regatta in Bulgaria as NZ Junior reps, who will use the money for travel and training costs.
  • The Marlborough Community Development Trust to take 60 children who wouldn’t usually get the opportunity, to go on a day trip to Picton, visiting the Aquarium while there.
  • Ray Dunstan to support his bid to win gold at the 2012 UCI World Champs by attending and competing in one of eight qualifying races, the closest one being Melbourne in September this year.
  • Taylor Burn & Henry Gibbs are 2 young Sailors who used the grant to help them get to the 420 World youth Championships in Valencia.  
  • Lysa Woodcocks dream is to bring her adopted brother Shawn and her parents to Blenheim.  Shawn was born with alcohol Fetal syndrome and has fought and beat leukemia twice.  This grant will help bring Shawn and his parents to Blenheim from the Hawkes Bay to share some quality family time.
  • Louis Lefebre had a skiing accident at Mt Hutt which has left him a tetraplegic.  Once back in Blenheim Physiotherapists suggested horse riding through RDA.  Louis dream is to help provide computers and printers for the admin team.  
  • Braden Mason was diagnosed with spinal/brain tumor which has left him in a wheelchair since the age of 6.  The family will do something special for Braden as his illness has put a strain on finances and it is not easy for the family to take a break.  
  • Jack Dalton is 13 and competes in motorcross at local, regional and national events.  The grant would help in defending his NZ Cross Country Title and competing at the NZ Motorcross Champs.  


Mark Davis says it was very hard to pick just five recipients as the team thought everyone deserved a chance. “We believe that everyone should get a break and this won’t be the last time we share our success with others so they too can have their dreams come true. It has been a very humbling experience and we wish everyone and those winning entries the best of luck, and will be following their progress and experiences with interest.”

The team at Harcourts Marlborough had great success at the recent Harcourts national awards earning three separate top 1st place honours in their group. Aaron Davis also made this year’s Harcourts Auction Champs Open Division final and competed with distinction against his peers at SKYCITY’s Convention Centre in front of 700 people.