RE/MAX Panache presents community service award

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the RE/MAX International Group, RE/MAX Panache situated in the Durban North area, presented their Community Service Award for the first time at their recent annual awards ceremony.

Grant Gavin, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Panache, says that his office has taken it upon themselves to play a larger role in community initiatives and this award was introduced to recognise a member of the North Durban community who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and undertaken to do something significant or special for the other members of the community.

This year RE/MAX Panache chose to present the award to Tyron Powell, co-owner of Marshall Security, for the outstanding job he does in keeping the community members safe. “Powell and Marshall Security are dedicated to eliminating crime in the Durban North area, making it a safer environment for those who call it home. While the community award is a way of acknowledging the work that they do, it is very hard to put a value on the peace of mind they bring to the residents of the area,” says Gavin. “Powell is not only the owner of the Marshall Security, he gets out in the car and does his bit to assist victims of crime and eradicate criminals from the Durban North streets.”

Gavin notes that during the presentation of the award, Powell received a standing ovation from the RE/MAX Panache estate agents and other members of the community who were in attendance. “Due to the fact that so many South Africans have been affected by crime in some way, security has become a major deciding factor for homebuyers when they are looking at areas they would like to live in. Security is important to us as real estate people because we are such an integral part of the community, and we understand that the value of a person’s home is increased if a community is safe. The service that Marshall Security is providing to the Durban North community is vital to us as a business and as members of the community, we don’t just work in the area – we live here too,” says Gavin.

According to Gavin, RE/MAX Panache is now on the lookout for local heroes and will annually present the community award to recognise a champion of the North Durban community.  “Our aim is to continue with our involvement within the community and assist in making this a better place to live. Aside from the community award, we have been involved in various other community enrichment projects such as the RE/MAX Foundation initiative in January to collect books and toys for underprivileged children. We donated seven boxes of books and toys to the Masifundisani Pre Primary School in Durban North,” he says. “Over the last seven years we have also supported the Reach for a Dream foundation with dream handovers. Last year our office handed over an iPad to a resident of Durban North and plan on being involved with another dream handover shortly. We also aim to open our office to the South African National Blood Service to use as a local blood donation point three times a year.”

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