Iconic ‘Kmart legend’ wins award after making it his mission to turn shopper’s frowns into smiles when he welcomes them to the store – and gives ALL the money to charity
- Travis Martin given $2,000 community award for International Men’s Day
- Kmart greeter has become a celebrity for his friendly and animated personality
- Thousands of customers rushed to social media to show support for Mr Martin
An extremely popular retail worker at an Australian Kmart store has been recognised with a $2,000 award for ‘never failing to make customers smile’ – and he gave the money to charity.
Travis Martin can be found on most days near the front of Cairns Central Kmart in North Queensland where he greets customers and helps out with their shopping.
The friendly giant was nominated on a shortlist by the shopping centre to recognise unsung heroes for International Men’s Day and on Friday claimed the top spot after receiving a flood of votes – 3,000 ahead of the runner-up.
‘Travis has become a well-known member of the community and is a customer service hero thanks to his bubbly energy and welcoming nature,’ the centre said.
It added that he gave the entire $2,000 prize to Cancer Council Queensland.
Kmart greeter Travis Martin (pictured) has thousands of fans who have praised him for brightening the day of everyone who visits his store
He beat the runner-up for the award by more than 3,000 votes (pictured are some of the comments from customers)
Mr Martin thanked the community and said he enjoyed brightening people’s day.
Fans rushed to social media to show their support for local celebrity, with more than 800 people almost unanimously complimenting him.
‘Trav is a legend! Always compliments people and has such a positive energy, I can’t help but smile every time I leave Kmart when he’s there,’ one person said.
‘This guy, I tell you! Whenever I come to Cairns I love going to this Kmart BECAUSE of this guy Travis. I live 1.5hrs away by the way,’ another said.
‘He finally got recognised! Always makes my day. I once ran into him out and told him how much he makes my day… He told me ‘you never know what someone else is going through, so always be nice’ true honest good man,’ added a third.
‘Such a friendly & helpful man, helped me out once when shopping while heavily pregnant,’ a fourth said.
The friendly giant (pictured centre) was recognised with a $2,000 award on Friday
Cairns Central (pictured) gave the award for International Men’s Day after recognising International Women’s Day earlier this year
The centre said it was recognising International Men’s Day to highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being .
‘We would like to congratulate all five finalists for their tireless contributions to the Cairns community and their associated charities.’
International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19 in more than 58 countries after being founded in.
There is also an International Women’s Day celebrated on March which the United Nations recognise.