Santa's elves: Brokers step in to help underprivileged kids

by Mackenzie McCarty18 Dec 2012

Loan Market NSW brokers have run their first annual “Gifts for Kids” charity run, giving away 70 Christmas presents to children in need this holiday season.

The aggregator's NSW state manager, Michael Karpathakis, pictured here with Barnardos Charity worker Lauren Fowler, says the NSW broker steering committee came up with the idea to support a charity that would benefit children who were less fortunate over Christmas.

Karpathakis says that at the NSW broker Christmas party earlier in the month, there was a Christmas tree decorated with tags that listed a specific present a child had asked for. All brokers and lenders who attended were encouraged to pick a tag and return with a present at the state’s final PD day on December 11.

“At our PD we brought in the same Christmas tree from the party and as our brokers arrived the presents begun to pile up under the tree. It was such an inspirational site to see not just strong support for this cause, but the effort put into getting these children the gifts they wanted for Christmas.”

After the PD finished, the team delivered the gifts to Barnardos Charity office in Sydney where the wrapped presents will be distributed out to the all the children.

“We’re so excited about being able to participate in such a wonderful cause and look forward to doing this many years to come. I’m so proud that our broker team came up with such a supportive idea and put so much effort into making this a wonderful initiative.”

Karpathakis says the gifts ranged from crafts and clothes, to scooters, stuffed animals and superhero toys.

“At the end of the day, we’re doing this to give back to our community and hopefully put some smiles on the faces of those who are doing it tough.”

The NSW broker steering committee is made up of the top performing brokers in the state and is planning several more charity drives this upcoming year.