On Friday May 11, our national teams took part in One Day for Change, Dentsu Aegis Network’s annual volunteer initiative. Across DAN, our people volunteered time to support more than 40 different charities across Australia and New Zealand. One Day for Change gives back to our communities, joining forces to positively impact those around us.
In Sydney, the team worked with Royal Far West. Royal Far West is a 94 year old charity that provides integrated early intervention health and education services to children, families and communities in rural Australia. Their mission is to connect Australian children in rural and regional areas with the healthcare that they need.
We were tasked with helping Royal Far West tackle some of their biggest business problems, ranging from influencer advocacy to website and SEO changes. The teams were able to work through some challenging problems that Royal Far West is facing, providing practical solutions and advice.
From Jacqui Emery at Royal Far West:
“Your expertise is incredibly valuable for us to spread the message and support more country kids.”
In Melbourne, the team partnered with Clean Up Australia. Clean Up Australia is a not-for-profit Australian environmental conversation organisation founded in 1989. Since its beginning, they have worked to foster relationships between the community, business and government to address ongoing environmental issues of waste, water and climate change.
The Melbourne team organised an afternoon of cleaning at Port Melbourne beach. The team was able to tangibly give back to the local South Melbourne community, leaving the area visibly cleaner. Getting out of the office for an afternoon and being able to see the difference that the team made was a great way to spend a Friday.
In Perth, the entire Dentsu Aegis team banded together for One Day For Change and visited St Vincent de Paul society. Vinnies is a society committed to actively and passionately speaking out against the causes of poverty and inequality on behalf of the people they serve. Vinnies also offers material goods to help the poor and needy in Australia, assisting over 2.2 million people in Australia each year.
The team visited the Vinnies distribution centre and it was all hands on deck. Some of the team were tasked with building beds for those in need, others created emergency relief packs and sorted through clothing donations, that may be sent to Vinnies operated thrift stores. Vinnies relies heavily on donations and volunteers, however, with more and more requiring assistance, Vinnies need to pay for people to assist. Being able to alleviate this concern for the Vinnies in our local community was a humbling experience, with the team walking away feeling very rewarded.
In Brisbane, the team was fortunate enough to join forces with Youngcare. Melissa Morrison, Chief Operating Officer of Youngcare visited the DAN offices. Youngcare is a not-for-profit organisation spearheading powerful change for young people with high care needs. Youngcare is working towards a future where every young person has the freedom and choice to live their lives, leading the much-needed change in the disability housing sector.
The day was all about team-building and setting the tone for our ongoing volunteering program throughout the year. Brisbane will continue to support Youngcare through volunteering and fundraising for 2018.
Melissa talked through some humbling stories of amazing people who have overcome terrible odds and are now living a fuller life with the help from Youngcare. The funds raised from the day will be used to purchase a Hi Lo Bed. These beds are crucial to keeping high-needs people at home and out of aged care facilities and hospitals, where they lose their quality of life.
Looking forward, the team has planned to enter a DAN4Youngcare team in the Bridge to Brisbane charity run, holding resident BBQ’s to help improve the quality of life for those benefiting from Youngcare services, amongst other events.