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Kmart legend Travis Martin receives International Men’s Day award

Iconic ‘Kmart legend’ wins award after making it his mission to turn customer’s frown into a smile when he welcomes them to the store – and gives ALL money to charity

  • Travis Martin receives $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 their support for Mr Martin

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An extremely popular shop assistant at an Australian Kmart store has been recognized with a $2,000 award for ‘never fail to make customers smile’ – and he donated the money to charity.

Travis Martin can be found at the front of Cairns Central Kmart in North Queensland most days, greeting customers and helping with their shopping.

The friendly giant was shortlisted by the mall to recognize unsung heroes for International Men’s Day and claimed first place on Friday after a deluge of votes – 3,000 for 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 center said.

It added that he gave the full $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 over 3,000 votes (pictured are some customer comments)

He beat the runner-up for the award by over 3,000 votes (pictured are some customer comments)

He beat the runner-up for the award by over 3,000 votes (pictured are some customer comments)

Mr Martin thanked the community and said he just enjoyed brightening people’s day.

Fans took to social media to show their support for the local celebrity, with more than 800 people almost unanimously complimenting him.

Trav is a legend! Always compliments people and has such positive energy that every time I leave Kmart I have to smile when he is there,” said one person.

“This man, I tell you! When ever I come to Cairns I love going to this Kmart BECAUSE of this man Travis. By the way, I live 1.5 hours away,” said another.

‘He’s finally been recognized! Always makes my day. I ran into him once and told him how great he makes my day… He told me ‘you never know what someone else is going through so always be nice’ real honest good man,” added a third.

“Such a kind and helpful man, once helped me out shopping when I was heavily pregnant,” said a fourth.

The gentle giant (pictured center) was recognized on Friday with a $2,000 award

The gentle giant (pictured center) was recognized on Friday with a $2,000 award

The gentle giant (pictured center) was recognized on Friday with a $2,000 award

Cairns Central (pictured) presented the International Men's Day award after recognizing International Women's Day earlier this year

Cairns Central (pictured) presented the International Men's Day award after recognizing International Women's Day earlier this year

Cairns Central (pictured) presented the International Men’s Day award after recognizing International Women’s Day earlier this year

The center said it recognized 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 associated charities.”

International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19 in more than 58 countries after it was founded in.

March also celebrates an International Women’s Day recognized by the United Nations.

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