William Buck gives back By William Buck on 01/01/14 - Mins to read: 2 minutes William Buck is proudly dedicated to giving back to the community. Over the past quarter we have participated in a range of activities from giving blood to sleeping at the ‘G’. We look forward to continuing to share our support for the community with you in upcoming newsletters. For the second year in row, William Buck has participated in the Sleep at the ‘G in support of Melbourne City Mission. This year, an enthusiastic team of 20 braved the cold and slept overnight at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to raise vital funds which help end youth homelessness. We proudly ranked as the fifth highest fundraising team, raising a total of $12,000. We’re delighted to have provided Cunnamulla Health Centre with their first ever retinal camera and other urgent medical equipment. Diabetes retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Yet, simple screening for diabetes retinopathy can prevent this blindness. The provision of high quality eye services is a fundamental part of improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Across Australia our people have been rolling up their sleeves to give blood to support the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. This year alone, we’ve provided 35 donations saving a total of 105 lives. For many people, blood donors are their lifeline. Currently only 1 in 30 people give blood; however 1 in three will need blood in their lifetime. We look forward to donating every three months and building momentum for this essential cause. The annual William Buck Golf Day held at the Glenelg Golf club was a great success, raising $6,000 for the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation. Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation assists disadvantaged communities by providing access to diverse sports, facilities and equipment. In November we hosted our annual Chefs’ Challenge event in Sydney. The evening raises funds to support a Healthy Eating Program for the children at Green Square Public School; a program enabled by South’s Cares. This year William Buck donated $13,000 to the program, and a silent auction on the night with prizes generously donated by DéLonghi brought our total up to $16,000. November also saw a few of William Buck’s men sporting some rather unusual facial hair for men’s health charity Movember. Our mo’ bros raised over $6,000 to support research and awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Chris Brown, William Buck Director, has developed a range of inspirational workshops for both clients and staff in WA covering essential skills required for success in today’s professional and personal environments. Some of the topics covered include – Having a Purpose; Improving Self; Living 100% and Better Quality of Life. Chris creates an environment where it’s exciting to learn and participants are empowered to apply their learning to everyday life. With Christmas fast approaching staff in our Adelaide office have been generously donating toys and other personal items to Backpacks 4 SA Kids, a charity which helps children in emergency foster care and domestic violence.