“we want to be valued members of our communities. We are strong contributors to and participants in local communities. We want to be generous.”
Throughout the year we work with clients pro bono through the Cancer Council to assist families who have received a terminal diagnosis to ensure their financial affairs are in order and to facilitate any insurance claims they may have. This is a very difficult time and we are honoured to be able to play a small role in supporting families when they need help the most.
Our business supports the Red Cross by providing our people with the time to give blood. We have a competition going across all our sites to see which one can donate the most – it is a great way for businesses to get involved through their Red25 Program. In the first 6 months of this program running, we had saved 57 lives! So often it is something other than money that people need and this is a great way to be able to give to our local communities.
We are also long-standing supporters of the following organisations:
Each of our people are allocated a day’s leave each year to spend time supporting their charity of choice. This initiative recognises that so often it is our time that organisations need and we see this as a great way to give back in our direct communities.
We also encourage our people to participate in any charitable activities they desire and support the promotion of these activities internally, often resulting in donations arising across the business. In the last 12 months, there have been “Liptembers“, “Dry July’s“, “Movembers“, Oxfam Trailwalks to name a few.
Here are a few of the things we have supported this year.
Heading into the Christmas Season this year, we are supporting Share the Dignity in their #itsinthebag charity. Each of our locations will be gathering items to donate to this worthy cause. “We all have the power to make life better for a woman or girl experiencing homelessness or poverty this Christmas.” Anyone can drop items in and we will ensure they make it the right collection points in time.
One of our Lending Specialists reached out to ask for support for her sons’ local primary school. Northmead Public School was raising funds to purchase a water bottle refill and chill station – keeping the kids hydrated and saving waste. We are proud to get behind these local intiatives that make a difference in our communities. Well done Northmead PS! Read more about this gorgeous event here.
We partnered with Moore Stephen to fundraise internally for the Buy a Bale program raising thousands of dollars. We also took action in Armidale and had a ‘Drive through for Drought’ sausage sizzle in our car park, raising $2117.80 for the Drought Angels to provide support to those who were hit hardest by the drought impacting much of NSW and QLD.
Early this year we were approached by the organisers of Chicago through a client – they were looking for support to get their production up and running. We were more than happy to get behind this event as we could see it directly helping many local artists realise a goal of their own, and knew it would be a spectacular event for the Armidale NSW community. We were not disappointed! The show was a smashing success, sold out all 9 nights and was incredibly executed – top notch! Well done Little Fish. Read more about this story here.
Australia’s biggest morning tea is a national institution on the fundraising calendar and we are happy participants each year. We ensure to take a few minutes out of the morning across all our sites to share in some baked goods, a quick round of the Daily Telegraph’s quiz and plenty of laughs. We all bring in a cash donation and pool that up as well. This year we raised $1,590!
We partnered with a number of local charities including As well as local sporting clubs including Everton Park Jr Rugby Union Club, Armidale Blues Rugby Club, Barbarians Summer Sevens Rugby Tournament, Brothers Rugby Club, Corporate Baskketball Brisbane and many more.