Cathy takes her role in the community incredibly seriously and has been proactive about making a difference for those who are most in need. In 2014 this was formalised with the creation of Killy Cares – a charity devoted to supporting sick, disadvantaged and elderly people in her local area who were not already being assisted by existing community or government services.
“One of the main aims is to enable elderly residents to stay in their homes for longer periods,” Cathy said. “Our volunteers provide practical assistance like transport, shopping, house cleaning and maintenance or other essential services.
“We also provide meals or food for residents in special need of assistance and offer support for those in difficult personal or family circumstances.”
The importance of community and giving back is something that has been a priority throughout her career.
“All of the people who have mentored me have had a charitable cause that they are involved in. Giving back is what being a small business owner is all about. It isn’t just about taking care of yourself. Working with a charity sets you apart from others who aren’t interested in their clients.
“Generally real estate agents have an untrusted reputation and by working actively in the community that gravitates people to do business with you.
“Importantly, Killy Cares helps to encourage and engage other local residents with the view to care for the welfare of everyone in our community.”
In its short life, the charity has captured the minds of the local community, with many volunteers rallying together to support the charity’s activities. These volunteers, along with the Killy Cares management team, have made an invaluable contribution by generously donating their time, skills and expertise to benefit those who are in need.