Classic Builders lends a kind hand


In amongst all the turmoil in the world of late we are remembering the importance of looking after each other.

That’s exactly what Classic Builders, Whangarei region, has recently modelled by raising $25,400 for a local charity that’s all about caring.

Kind Hands Respite Cottage has benefited from what was called the “Classic Builders 90 More Miles” event that involved people running or walking the equivalent distance of 90 Mile Beach. About 140 people made the 88-kilometre commitment, raising sponsorship through Givealittle for Kind Hands - a charity offering respite and early childhood education for medically fragile or disabled children aged under six.

Kind Hands founder Sharlene Clements describes the Classic Builders initiative as “massive”. “I am truly humbled by what Classic Builders has done for the children and whanau who use Kind Hands. The fact someone else believes in what I believe in has been huge. These children and whanau are incredible and to be able to give them the same opportunities as any other child just warms my heart.”

She says the money will go towards equipment and sponsoring children to attend Kind Hands or give whanau a well-deserved break while their children are being taken care of by nurses, caregivers and teachers.

The event has brought an awareness of Kind Hands to the community and for that, Sharlene says, she will be forever grateful. Her intention has always been to raise awareness to ensure knowledge about Kind Hands reaches whanau who really need help. But frequently working seven days a week, and being there for overnight stays, has left Sharlene with little time.

Classic Builders Whangarei regional manager Scott Coutts saw the opportunity to create a feel-good event in support of a “really awesome” charity within the community. But he never expected quite the response the idea received, and the amount raised is so much more than anticipated. “I thought if we got to $5,000 that would be really cool. I’m just so stoked that we have managed to raise this amount of money for such a deserving organisation.”

Scott’s not thinking $25,400 is it. He’s already talking about his hopes to hold the event again next year, once again in support of Kind Hands.

Those thinking of taking part next year can be assured that the 88 kilometres don’t need to be tackled in one day – participants have the whole month of February to complete the challenge and can even do so in teams. Neither is the course prescribed. Those taking part can choose their favourite walking tracks and daily commutes to clock up the kilometres. Many businesses and schools were represented this year.

Classic Builders partnered with Northland MoreFM for the event. Carters, Hubands Energy and Activ8 Northland added their support as sub-sponsors.

Sharlene and Scott both thanked the community for getting behind the idea. “It’s about helping people in our back yard and it makes me proud, every day, to say I come from Northland,” Sharlene says.

While in Whangarei, the Kind Hands Cottage is intended to benefit all Northland children who fit into its care categories. It is the only facility offering respite care to such children.

Kind Hands provides early childhood education for its children from Monday to Friday and offers overnight stays from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive as its respite care.