Team Member Volunteering and Fundraising
One of the ways we support and engage with our community is through offering paid volunteering leave to all permanent and fixed term team members. Encouraged to take one day of paid leave per year to volunteer with a community organisation of their choice, team members can partake as an individual or within a team. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 our team has not been able to participate in volunteering events. Instead, we have a shared value proposition with our customers, for example, Anglicare Victoria, where we collect donations in the form of gifts (usually for children) at Christmas time. Pre-COVID-19, our people would also volunteer once a month, serving breakfast to those in need.
Additionally, many fundraising events are held across each of our business units, which aim to involve all team members in supporting charities, some of which are outlined below.
Save our Sons
In 2021, we ran an Easter raffle across all offices to raise money for SAVE OUR SONS – a charity supporting children living with Duchenne Syndrome. This was especially relevant as one of our team members has a nephew who suffers from this cruel degenerative disease. All donations were dollar-matched by Eclipx.
We are proud supporters of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and their Steptember campaign and strongly encourage our team members to participate. Steptember challenges people to take 10,000 steps a day for 30 days during the month of September, while raising funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. All funds raised are used to support children and adults living with cerebral palsy, and all donations are dollar matched by Eclipx. In 2020, Eclipx raised more than $30,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
Duffy Books in Homes
The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, better known as Duffy Books in Homes, is a literacy programme aimed at breaking the cycle of booklessness amongst children in under resourced school communities throughout New Zealand.
The programme was developed following a visit by Alan Duff to Camberley School in Hastings, 1992. FleetPartners has been a supporter of Duffy Books in Homes for over 10 years providing the Westpac Duffy Theatre team a Mazda CX5 to drive around NZ which aims to educate school children on the value of books and reading.
We recognise the unwavering commitment and support provided by Anglicare Victoria to children, young people and families in need.
Over a number of years, we’ve donated to and supported the Annual Angels Gala Event – a key fundraising event for Anglicare Victoria. All the funds raised from this event go to supporting some of the lifesaving and life changing programs they deliver including, family and parenting support, out-of-home foster care, emergency relief and alcohol and drug support.
In 2020, we donated a bus to the Broadmeadows Women’s House which enables the women at the house to attend the many weekly programs on offer and go on day trips – both of which are so important to the physical and mental well-being of these women.
Our team has and continues to be really committed to providing personal contributions by sharing some love, joy and cheer, through their enthusiastic donations to the Christmas Toy Appeal each year. The Toy Appeal helps to brighten Christmas for vulnerable children who need it most.
The Story Factory
Stories matter. Stories change lives. That’s why we are so proud to support the Story Factory – a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in under resourced communities.
Research shows that quality art-based learning improves social and emotional well-being and the Story Factory workshops have been designed by creative writing and literacy experts to build literacy, confidence and creativity – essential skills young people need to build their future.
Our donation of a small SUV provides the means for the creative and talented educators from the Story Factory to travel to schools near and far to run writing workshops. The team love the car so much, they’ve affectionately named it “Keanu”.