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The importance of family and community

24 October 2013

For a Wellington family, and top real estate team, losing a loved one brought to the fore the difference that medical research could make to the lives of others in the community.

Having lost company co-founder and much loved wife, mother and colleague Sally Paterson in 2009 to brain cancer, the team at Just Paterson Real Estate set out to make a difference – and what a difference they have made.

Four years on, the Just Paterson team, their clients and friends have together contributed more than $200,000 towards advancing our cancer research. Not only have they raised this incredible amount so far, they continue to work hard on raising awareness in the community of the importance of joining together in the fight against diseases like cancer.

“We’re proud to play our part in connecting more people with the ground-breaking research happening at the Malaghan Institute,” says Just Paterson Director and husband of Sally, Ian Paterson. “We are in it for the long haul, like most of our relationships our partnership with the Malaghan Institute is a long term one.”

With October being ‘Malaghan Month’ at Just Paterson, and the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson, a club to which Ian belongs, showing their support recently through their annual charity auction, we owe a lot to the dedication of these wonderful people who have turned a heart breaking loss into an opportunity to help others in the future.

Just Paterson’s newest team member Charles Morely-Hall says “it’s fantastic to be on board with Just Paterson and equally as exciting to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.”

This article features in the November 2013 issue of our Scope newsletter (Issue 52).  Download the full newsletter here - 611 KB (PDF)

Clockwise from top left: Just Paterson Five Painters charity art auction; Ian and Marcia Paterson at a function honouring Sally and the support of Just Paterson; Sally Paterson – Just Paterson company co-founder and much-loved wife, mother and colleague; the Just Paterson team learning more about our research on a tour.