Cleaning, cooking, sorting clothes… it’s been a busy six months for William Buck. Our people have been out and about in the community lending their support and fundraising for some of Australia and New Zealand’s most disadvantaged.
Doing it for the Kids
Spending a whole day cleaning might not sound fun but it was certainly rewarding for our team who took care of the cleaning, tidying and gardening at the National Centre for Childhood Grief, ‘A Friends Place.’ The centre provides support in a safe environment where children grieving a death can share their experiences.
In April we held our ever popular William Buck Golf Day at Glenelg Golf Course. This year we supported Youth Opportunities who assist young people through a programme to give them the opportunity for a better life. Our guest speaker was Peter Carey, Chief Executive of Youth Opportunities. Peter was also known as Peter “Super” Carey when he played Aussie Rules
The month of May saw a group of our people spend the afternoon volunteering their time at Backpacks 4 SA Kids which proved to be a real eye opener and an emotional experience. The charity provides clothes and personal supplies to children placed in emergency foster care, kinship and domestic violence shelters.
The smallest actions can have the biggest impact, that’s what one of our teams learnt while creating birthday cards for children and young people in care. Thank you to the Create Foundation for giving us the opportunity.
Walking the Talk
A dedicated team in NZ strapped on their pedometers and walked more than 21.5 million steps to get from Auckland to Malawi. The virtual challenge not only helped our people shed a few kilos but made a positive difference to many people through donations to numerous worthy charities including, Oxfam, Canteen, Destiny Rescue New Zealand, Movember and St John’s.
Across, the Tasman, a team participated in Walked the Walk, a 26.5km walk from The Opera House to Manly, with all fundraising going towards the Children’s Hospital. The team raised $4,100 towards a truly great cause.
Helping the Homeless
While some were walking, others were sleeping. This year marked the third year of participating in Sleep At The ‘G, team members slept through a chilly 8 degree night at the MCG and raised an amazing $8,695 for Melbourne City Mission and the homeless youth of Melbourne.
Sorting through men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, a group of people rolled up their sleeves to support Clothes Line, a not-for profit organisation, which provides good quality clothing and other essential items, to the homeless and underprivileged.
While our cooking skills are not as proficient as our accounting skills, they were put to good use at the Salvation Army where a small team worked alongside frontline staff to provide nourishing meals and drinks for some of our country’s most disadvantaged.
Every piece of plastic ever produced still remains somewhere on the earth today creating issues for our environment and health. Last month we made an active effort to avoid single-use plastics as part of Plastic-free July. The challenge was surprisingly difficult but we learnt a lot in the process, and importantly saved a lot of plastic from landfill.
Across the country we’ve made donations and been fundraising for a range of causes including Red Nose Day Australia, Backpacks 4 SA Kids. RSPCA South Australia, Hutt Street Centre, Beyond Blue, Brainstorm and Ronald McDonald House.