Director of Barry Plant offices in Frankston and Cranbourne, Tony Larkin, has been an active supporter of Make-A-Wish® Australia for six years.
“When Barry Plant decided to support this organisation, I was so pleased,” Tony shares. “Children facing life-threatening illnesses is just heartbreaking – they should be out playing and enjoying their childhood, so anything I could do to help bring joy to them was a no-brainer.”
Barry Plant then went on to create Wishtober. During this whole month, every Barry Plant office donated money from the commission they earned on every property, and over the years, they’ve raised over three-quarters of a million dollars.
Tony believes that Wishtober is a great initiative, but he wanted to do more, and so he and his son Tom started auctioning off special Barry Plant bears before every property auction. “The crowd loved it,” Tony said. “It was fun, it was a chance to test their bidding skills, and the money was going to a great cause.”
The generosity of people never fails to amaze Tony. “On lots of occasions, the bears have raised significantly more than what they cost us,” he said. “We’ve had bears go for $250. It’s amazing when this happens.”
Of course, the pandemic and restrictions on auctions put a hold on this unique fundraising for a while, and, this year, Wishtober had to be renamed Wishvember because of a lockdown in Victoria. However, now the path is clear for Tony and his team to bring back auctioning bears to help fund unique wishes for critically ill children and teenagers.
Barry Plant’s Wishvember starts on November 1 and runs for the whole month. You can donate at Barry Plant property inspections and auctions or visit this website.