Loan Market Conference Ends With Charity Donation

Loan Market’s first international conference in Fiji wrapped up on Friday with the group raising over $50,000 to build a local orphanage.

The two-day conference attended by 250 brokers, staff members and lender representatives raised the money after two separate groups of brokers visited the local orphanage and donated clothing, money and groceries.

Loan Market director Mark De Martino said the idea was put forward by a staff member who wanted to give back to the local community during the conference and was reflective of the values of Loan Market’s national charity program, HOPE.

“After visiting the orphanage it was pretty clear that we could do so much to help them. We found out if would cost about $40,000 to build them a new facility and we decided to try and raise those funds that night at our annual awards dinner. It was such an amazing feeling to see our brokers so passionate about giving back”, he said.

Day one of the conference saw OzHarvest CEO Ronnie Kahn give a heartfelt presentation about her charity group that’s looking to alleviate food waste in Australia but also to feed the less fortunate with food that might otherwise go to waste. Ms Kahn said she was incredibly proud of the work that Loan Market had already done with OzHarvest this year with food drives and events such as Feeding the 5,000.

Day two of the conference saw Chief Marketing Officer Karen Hall present the new Loan Market marketing campaign called Second Favourite to the group as well as five simple marketing tips to help them start growing their businesses today.

At the annual awards function, Melbourne based broker Josh Bartlett took out the no 1 broker in Australia and Bruce Patten from New Zealand took out the international broker of the year for the group.

In his opening remarks to the group, Executive Chairman Sam White said the group was going to elevate its commitment to the Ray White Group and would be doing everything it could to help brokers write more business in 2014 and beyond.