In the ever infinite wisdom of arguably one of Rome’s greatest rulers, Marcus Aurelius – “Men exist for the sake of one another.” This was written quite a while ago – all people exist for the sake of one another; It is in this sentiment that my colleague and I found ourselves on a construction site in 30 plus degree weather a few weeks ago.
Invited by Nissan Canada, partnered with Habitat for Humanity, we endeavoured to help make a difference to a few families trying to get into the housing market.
Nissan Canada was out in force, and they brought a friend along to help out. Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s hit shows (Leave it to Bryan and Bryan Inc. to name a few) who has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for over 10 years. “It’s important to give back to the community… we literally have the tools to help make a difference,” he exclaimed through that trademark grin that never seems to leave his face.
Bryan also heads the Baeumler Family Foundation, an organization that helps families with children that need renovations for accessibility or safety reasons.
Before meeting with Bryan and the Nissan Canada representatives, we noticed a tremendous looking 2018 Nissan Titan XD equipped with a Cummins turbo diesel sitting at the construction site entrance. Further investigation determined that it did in fact belong to Mr. Baeumler. When asked how the partnership with Nissan came to fruition, he explained: “A friend of mine bought one (Nissan Titan XD) and I said ‘come on!’…but it had the diesel in it, and once I took it for a drive I fell in love.”
Interesting, considering Bryan had been driving, let’s say, mainstream work trucks for a number of years. After the test drive, he reached out to Nissan Canada to start a conversation around partnering with the manufacturer. Bryan went on to explain, “It (Nissan Titan XD) was a nice fresh change, has a great size engine and it was really everything I wanted in a work truck.” His particular version had a few modifications, LED light bars adorned the front heavy duty bumper, add to that a healthy six-inch suspension lift, upgraded rims, off-road tires, side steps and a winch and you start to get the idea of just how cool this truck really is.
When talking about Nissan Canada’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity and the impact it has on the community, Bryan stated “It was a serendipitous partnership. They have the same corporate vision and responsibility that we (Baeumler Family Foundation) do as well. We’re all in the community, it’s a community made up of business members so we have to give back and it has just worked out great!”
So you see, we do in fact exist for the sake of one another. If we all make a small contribution, partnered with the right people and companies to provide the tools or in this case trucks, truly anything is possible.
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