2015 has been a positive year for the Corporate Giving Committee, with Criterion getting involved in a variety of causes:
Clean Up Australia Day
On Sunday 8th March, Criterion took part in the 25th Annual Clean Up Australia Day. Collectively the team gathered over 15 bags of rubbish from Clovelly, rounding off the day with a barbecue and game of lawn bowls, soaking up the sunshine!
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea
In support of the Cancer Council, the whole company jumped on board and we held our first ever ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ on the 29th May. This was a great excuse to load up on carbs and sugar with everyone bringing in plates of savoury and sweet treats. A total of $564.84 was raised and donated to the Cancer Council. After the feast, we donated the extra food to OzHarvest, which was then provided to vulnerable men, women and children in need within our communities.
Swaps for Swags
The CGC held a Swaps for Swags store in July, which involved people donating clothing items and these being re-sold to colleagues in an in-office market. A fantastic $850 was raised internally for Swags for Homeless, providing backpack beds for those in need. All money raised was used to purchase swags, and left over clothes were donated to the St Vincent De Paul Society. The evening finished off with some fun Christmas in July trivia, ‘Mulgria’ and plenty of laughs following the success of the fundraising activities.
Re-use & Recharge
Rechargeable batteries produce less waste as they can be used over and over again with a simple battery charger. In fact, they consume up to 23 times less non-renewable resources that the old disposable. In the office we have switched to using rechargeable batteries, with the aim of reducing our office waste and being more environmentally friendly.
Vinnies CEO Sleepout
On the 18th June, 1300 CEOs slept out in the cold to experience what over 100,000 Australians experience every night at the 10th Annual Vinnes CEO Sleepout. Our own Cath Jules represented Criterion, spending the night at Luna Park in Sydney, alongside 275 other NSW CEOs. The night involved educational talks, moving personal stories and a lot of rain! Cath has become an annual advocate, raising over $15,000 over the last 5 years.
We love getting involved in the community and contributing to make a difference. Watch this space to see what we get up to in 2016…