Giving back to his community
Born and bred in Newcastle, giving back to his community has always been important to George.
“I’m a big believer in giving,” he says. “I was taught that whatever you give, you’ll receive threefold – but that’s not why I do it. I like giving. I enjoy it more than receiving.”
Losing his father to stroke and dementia, and his father-in-law to cancer – diseases which affect so many families in the community – left an indelible mark on George. So, in 2016, when his agency was officially opened, he and his wife Rose decided to start an annual fundraiser to support the Hunter Medical Research Institute, one of NSW’s largest independent research institutions.
Every year during Spring, a percentage of the money from every auction at his First National agency is donated to the Hunter Medical Research Institute. With between 15 to 20 properties sold by auction in October, the agency’s Spring Fling event generates around $20,000 in donations each year.
“This community has given me so much. I knew when we started our own agency that Rose and I wanted to do something special and different to give back to a worthy cause,” George says. “The Spring Fling has been a real success. People can see the money goes to a great cause and the community has really embraced it. We have even had situations where some sellers have held off putting their property on the market because they wanted to be part of our Spring Fling.”