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July 16, 2020

An unsung lockdown hero amongst us

Topics: Auckland, Harcourts, people first, harcourts new zealand, COVID-19 0

Did you know that we have an ‘everyday hero’ amongst our ranks? He’s unlikely to ever let you know about the good work that he does though, such is the modesty of this man.

Kevin Mills 21.05.19

Kevin Mills of Harcourts Tandem Realty, Warkworth.

His name is Kevin Mills, part of the team at Harcourts Tandem Realty in Warkworth and all-round good bloke.

Throughout the different stages of New Zealand’s lockdown, Kevin spent roughly three hours each afternoon working with the local pharmacist, Brendan Hart from Hart’s Pharmacy, to coordinate and distribute medication to elderly and vulnerable members of the Warkworth community, who may otherwise have struggled to access medication during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Kevin met Brendan Hart and his wife in late 2019 when he helped the family sell their home, and a connection was made. Kevin says, “Brendan and Claire are a great couple and he is a decent man who really cares about this community”.

Kevin continued, “When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, there was a lot of uncertainty and angst in population given the speed of what was happening. I wanted to contribute somehow to making people feel a bit less stressed, and I like the Harcourts values of giving back to people, so I offered to help Brendan in some way”. After putting their heads together, they thought the best use of Kevin’s time would be to devise a community delivery system, as restrictions with the usual process meant that business as usual couldn’t happen.

“Brendan worked hard to ensure that the most stringent protocols were in place to keep everyone safe. No one was going to take any risks, especially when I was taking medication to people in their homes and retirement villages. I was very aware that I was the contact between the pharmacy and the public, so no assumptions about safety could be made. Safe distances were always kept, and we followed a guideline of checking they were at home, dropping the package on the doorstep, then stepping away 2 to 3 metres to ensure zero contact occurred. People were often happy to have a quick chat. Where older people living on their own had experienced limited contact with others for a few days, I always asked if they were okay or needed anything else”, said Kevin.

With a background in aid relief overseas and working in third world nations, it might not come as a surprise to many that Kevin stepped up in this way, but his manager Amy Wagstaff thought so highly about what Kevin did that she felt it fitting that people understood that making a contribution to your community, however great or small, can make life so much better for so many.

A huge well done to Kevin and the team at Harcourts Tandem Realty for putting ‘people first’.