Have you heard of the #spenditwiththem campaign, where we’re encouraged to buy online from bushfire impacted regions to help them with their economic recovery? What about #buyfromthebush – an initiative to drive ecommerce in regional areas?
There are many ways to put your money where your mouth is and as a business we try to do our bit. So too does the HC team. Here’s a few ways we’ve all given over the years.
Ali – I spent 10 days in Mexico as a 19-year-old as part of a team who were there to build houses. Yes, houses! They were pretty simple dwellings - just a concrete slab with a timber frame overlaid with chicken wire and stucco – but it meant more space for families who were all living in one room houses at the time. We camped in tents in an unused quarry and enjoyed tacos daily at local eateries.
Kendi - My volunteering activities over the years have usually been related to whatever my kids are up to. That has meant a lot of committees and P&C associations and countless fundraising BBQs. If you’re looking for a democracy sausage on election day you can always find me on the tongs!
Sue – You’ll find me on the streets of inner-city Sydney doing Night Patrol with St Vinnies every second month. After making hundreds of sandwiches, we hit the road in our bus to provide food, a cuppa and a listening ear. It’s humbling and sometimes confronting but always very fulfilling.
Al – From 18 to 22 I was an active member of the NSW SES. During that time I saw firsthand the aftermath of the Newcastle earthquake, I’ve manned flood boats along the Georges River, attended search and rescues and assisted in the clean-up of the 1990 Sydney hailstorm that had me out on call for 7 days. It was an action packed four years!
Alex – As a fresh 20-year-old right out of uni, I spent one month in South Africa volunteering for an online hub for rescue animals. Every few days we would visit a shelter, take pictures of the dogs and cats, then write blurbs on them for the website. It may sound easy, but the shelter days were long, hot, smelly and often quite sad seeing these neglected or stray animals without a home. The whole trip was definitely an eye-opening experience!
Karen – My volunteering is in two categories. The more local kind is with the kids’ schools – P&C secretary at primary school, now Treasurer at my boys’ high school, and helping out with sport. The other kind is advocacy: when I think something wrong in society needs to change.
How do you give?