We want to give back to the community. We encourage our people to be active in their local communities through fundraising activities, and we’ve established a corporate giving program to support these initiatives.
Recognising our veterans through Legacy
Legacy Australia helps families who are suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent during, or after, their service in the defence forces. Legacy currently cares for around 90,000 widows and 1,900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia, and receives no direct government funding.
We support the important work of this group and we were proud to be the major sponsor of Legacy’s 2015 Remembrance Day lunch in Sydney on 13 November 2015. This event is a highlight of Legacy’s fund-raising calendar each year.
The keynote speaker was His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC, Governor of NSW. His Excellency shared his insights on leadership in the battlefield and talked about the VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) methodology for responding to challenging situations.
The event raised over $70,000 on the day and we’re looking forward to an ongoing association with Legacy.
Supporting the poor and underprivileged through IJM
International Justice Mission (IJM) is a global organisation that seeks to protect the underprivileged and poor from violence in the developing world. IJM partners with local law enforcement agencies and authorities around the world to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice and restore survivors. IJM helps to strengthen justice systems that focus on crimes relating to sex trafficking, slavery, sexual violence, property and land grabbing, police abuse of power and citizenship rights abuse.
Supporting the Australian chapter
IJM has established an Australian chapter with the specific mandate to increase and support Australians seeking justice for the oppressed. One of the activities we sponsored was IJM’s Elite Energy Olympic-length Triathlon in Port Stephens. This very successful event gave our Newcastle office an opportunity to be associated with an important cause and promote our brand locally.
We were also a silver sponsor at IJM’s ‘Premier’s breakfast’ at the NSW Parliament House. Keynote speakers included Chief Judge John Pascoe and Amber Hawkes, Founder of IJM Australia. The event was also personally supported by NSW Premier Mike Baird.
Supporting local charities
Here are just a few of the many other local charities and causes that we and our staff support.
Zonta International – helping women around the world
Zonta aims to make a difference to the lives of women and girls around the world, as well as within our local communities. One of our financial planners from our Port Macquarie Regional Office is a member of the local Zonta group.
For the second year in a row the Zonta Club of Port Macquarie marked International Women’s Day with a luncheon and was honoured to have specialist gynaecologist and obstetrician Dr Ray Hodgson as guest speaker. Dr Hodgson is the founder of Australians for Women’s Health (A4WH), a charitable foundation that aims to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in developing countries by providing advanced gynaecological surgery to women in remote areas.
In 2016, Zonta Club members challenged themselves to assemble 1,400 clean birthing kits, which is 40% more than they assembled in 2015. These simple birthing kits have been proven to help dramatically reduce the rates of infection and death during homebirths in isolated, disadvantaged communities.
The club raised money to pay for the contents and transport of the kits to remote destinations in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. We were proud to be among the local sponsors.
Alzheimer’s Australia – the Memory Walk and Run
On Sunday 13 March 2016, members of the Penrith Regional Office team took part in the Memory Walk and Run, an Alzheimer’s Australia charity fundraising event. This is the first time we’ve had a formal association with Alzheimer’s Australia and their events.
The charity event was staged at Tench Reserve in Penrith, close to our Aged Care advice pilot office. Over 1,000 people attended, including a number of StatePlus employees, and there was a very strong community feel.
StatePlus received many mentions on the day, with the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia, John Watkins, fully endorsing the advice services we offer.