Cairns businesses support charity


A FAMILY business with a long history of local philanthropy has introduced a small business networking group to the joys of giving back.
Lords Insurance Services, with a long and dedicated past of supporting local community groups, introduced BNI Rainforest members to The Power of Pallets – a pallet recycling initiative raising money for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.
The group was introduced by member Sean Lord, who, together with his family company Lord’s Insurance Services, is sponsoring the event for the second consecutive year.
BNI Rainforest members have jointly sponsored SeaFM’s The Power of Pallets – a pallet recycling auction and cocktail party, raising money for the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation.
“Myself and my parents have had some health issues over the years, so we know the work that the Foundation does is so important and we really enjoy being part of The Power of Pallets,” Mr Lord said.
“Our BNI Rainforest group got involved because I asked the founder to come along and tell the group about The Power of Pallets and everyone there recognised the value of what the event is about,” Mr Lord said. “Some of our members are even making items for the auction, so we’re all really excited to see how handy they are,” he said.
Sean's parents Chris and Jill have been in business for 40 years and sponsored hundreds of community groups in that time. Mr Lord Snr was a founding member of Cairns Mulgrave Rotary and the first elected president, and they are the major sponsors of North's Cricket Club. The business also has sponsored the Cairns Marlins for 15 years.
The BNI Rainforest Group features experts in the field of real estate, financial planning, building, accounting, car sales, pools, travel agent, legal, health care, plumbing, mortgage broking, insurance and floor coverings.
BNI Rainforest president Olivia White said the group was the second biggest in Queensland. “Our philosophy is ‘give and you gain’ and we thought that was a perfect fit with The Power of Pallets,” Ms White said. “We are all community focussed people and we felt that The Power of Pallets had the same ethos as us. We just thought the event was a fantastic opportunity for our businesses to network with other local like-minded people and we love the whole philosophy behind it,” she said.
SeaFM’s The Power of Pallets Auction and Cocktail Gala will be held on Saturday, October 29. To register to make an item or buy tickets to the event, visit The Power of Pallets.

Photo: BNI Rainforest group members are excited to be involved with SeaFM's The Power of Pallets on October. They were introduced to the charity event by Lords Insurance, represented by Adrian, Jill and Sean Lord (front).




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