Macquarie in the Community

Issue One 2009


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Macquarie Staff Community Awards 2008 

Macquarie Foundation - Staff Community Awards 2008 photo

The Foundation is pleased to announce the Macquarie Staff Community Awards for 2008. These Awards highlight the wonderful contribution many Macquarie staff make to their community. With the addition of new categories for 2008 a broader range and higher number of applications were received than in previous years which was reflected in the number of awards granted.


This year there are three Volunteer of the Year Winners.

Tim Vasudeva, Associate Director, TCG, Seoul, has committed his spare time and money to help lost and stray cats and dogs in Korea through Animal Rescue Korea (ARK), a volunteer animal welfare group. Tim has also played a major role in the amalgamation of two shelters for sick or injured animals through logistical assistance and fundraising activities.

Nicky Younger, Adviser Assistant, BFS, Sydney, volunteers 300 hours each year for St John Ambulance Peninsula Division by providing First Aid support, training and leadership. Nicky joined St John in 2001, was commissioned as an officer in 2005 and is currently overall second-in-command of the division supervising members and non-commissioned officers.

Sarah Boersen, Manager, BFS, Brisbane, is a long-time life saver for North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club and an active committee member in fundraising activities. As a life saver for more than seven years and committee member for two Sarah is spokesperson for the Club, trains new crew and organises water safety events.

There are two Fundraiser of the Year Winners.

Matthew Rady, Executive Director, BFS, Sydney, for his fundraising activities across several organisations including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Smith Family and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Dan Phillips, Executive Director, MacCap, Shanghai, for UNICEF’s China Earthquake Appeal.

Pro-Bono Adviser of the Year Winner.

Kate Heaney, Associate Director, CAG, Sydney, for her work with The Station Limited. Kate has been on the Board of Directors of The Station Limited, a drop-in centre for homeless people in Sydney’s CBD for five years and introduced numerous initiatives to benefit clients and staff.

The Team Award Winner.

The Graduate Volunteer Network (GVN) in Hong Kong for holding numerous activities throughout 2008 including a trivia night, cake sale, Christmas toy and book collection and mural painting.

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Highly Commended Awardees

Highly Commended Volunteer of the Year awards go to Karen Boalch, Senior Manager, CEX, Sydney, for her work with the Exodus Foundation and Michiko Shima, Executive Assistant, MSG, Tokyo, for her work with the Japan Association for Refugees.

Highly Commended Fundraiser of the Year awards go to Natalie Bloomfield, Senior Associate, BFS, Jacksonville for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Suzie Laney, Adviser Assistant, BFS, Adelaide for many charitable causes, Maya Miller, Senior Associate, TCG, Los Angeles for American Cancer Society and Wei Zheng, Executive Assistant, MacCap, Beijing for Sichuan Earthquake Appeal.

Highly Commended Team Award goes to Hackney Schools Mentoring Program in London.

The winner in each category receives A$10,000 for their supported organisation, Highly Commended awardees receive A$2,000 and the Team Award winner receives A$5,000.

Congratulations are extended to all nominees and award recipients.

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Foundation news

Macquarie Group Foundation’s long-term commitments and partnerships with community organisations are acknowledged within the philanthropic sector as being best practice. Two of our capacity building programs demonstrate how our support manifests strong, sustainable relationships with organisations and the communities they benefit.

Centre for Social Impact

As part of its commitment to social innovation the Foundation has pledged A$2.2 million over ten years to the establishment of the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair, Centre for Social Impact (CSI). The Chair will be held by Professor Peter Shergold, the Centre’s Chief Executive. Dr Shergold formerly served as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia’s most senior public administrator.

The Foundation’s long-term investment in CSI will enable the Centre to promote socially responsible business management, engage with government on public policy and build the capacity of not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises. More information is on the website

Inspire Foundation

For the past nine years the Foundation has provided support to the Inspire Foundation in Australia, a not-for-profit established in 1996 in response to Australia’s high rates of youth suicide and attempted suicide. Inspire’s flagship program is Reach Out!, an internet based service which has helped more than four million young people get through tough times.

Recently the Foundation pledged A$1.23 million over three years to establish a comparable service in the US in 2009. will be part of the new Inspire USA Foundation which was established in response to the US’s prevalence of youth mental illness. More information is on the website

Staff enthusiastically and actively support both the CSI and Inspire with representatives on the board and advisory councils, donations, pro bono mentoring and fundraising activities. Along with staff support our planned long-term commitment enables these organisations to grow, build skills and deliver benefit to their communities. Facilitating development and growth is a cornerstone of the Macquarie Group Foundation’s philosophy and we encourage staff participation in achieving this.

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Our Staff in the Community

Packing for families

Macquarie Foundation - Packing for families photo

In support of the annual Smith Family Christmas hamper-packing event in Sydney a Macquarie Group team was once again organised by Peter Eastham. The packers worked on a high-pressure production line to make, pack and wrap boxes of groceries. Sharing one of five production lines with other corporate groups, Macquarie out-packed the other teams by producing more than 1,700 hampers for disadvantaged families across Sydney.

The Macquarie team consisted of Eugenie White, Samara Wilson, Peter Eastham, Janice Yip, Matt Funnell, Chris Hood, Nick Souvanh, Vanessa Pow, Chantel Ang, Jasmine Antonijevic, Natalie Antonijevic and Alexandra Antonijevic.

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A United Effort

Staff in the Vancouver and Toronto offices participated in a two week campaign to raise funds for United Way of the Lower Mainland, an organisation focused on positive, long-term, sustainable change to living conditions in the community. Starting with a Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast, staff attended several fundraising events raising CA$108,572 with support from the Macquarie Group Foundation, far exceeding the amount raised last year.

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CORE Support

Macquarie Foundation - CORE Support photo

An exciting new initiative called COmmunity REsourcing (CORE) has attracted 22 volunteers from the London office. Volunteers have been grouped based on their skills and then assigned to one of six local charities in the borough of Islington with needs in areas such as financial and business planning, human resources, information technology and administration. Charities working with the CORE program seek to address issues of socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion and include the Refugee Therapy Centre, Islington Law Centre, Islington Childcare Trust and the Single Homeless Project. This pilot program will run for six months and has already been heralded as a success by the participant charities.

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Mo Fun

Macquarie Foundation - Mo Fun photo

Hirsute individuals and teams from the New York and Los Angeles offices, including 'Team MoCap' and 'Team Los Bigotudos', mo'd up to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Each year in Movember, the month formerly known as November, Macquarie staff around the world participate in a number of events including beard growing, moustache shaving and costume competitions. These events aim to raise awareness about men's health and overcome their reluctance to seek medical advice. With Foundation support, the events raised US$47,316.

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The Power of Sport

Macquarie Foundation - The Power of Sport photo

More than 300 fast and furious Street Soccer matches have been played in Melbourne at the Homeless World Cup event hosted by the Big Issue. The skill and passion of more than 500 homeless and marginalised players from around the world was showcased before an audience in excess of 100,000 spectators, including staff from the Melbourne office who volunteered their time to help in numerous ways.

Big Issue's weekly street soccer training gives people who experience homelessness, substance abuse or disadvantage an opportunity to get fit, make new friends and seek support and advice. Importantly, it offers a mechanism for social change.

Simon McKeon described staff involvement with the Homeless World Cup as a way of "putting a face to the statistics, and highlighting the valuable contributions to the community that the homeless are capable of when given the opportunity."

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In the Pink

Macquarie Foundation - In the Pink photo

For the third year running Janine Seelig transformed her home into a pink karaoke bar in support of the Cancer Council's Girls Night In event. The guest of honour was Janine's sister Karen, a breast cancer survivor twice over in 11 years, who along with 32 of Janine's family and friends united to have fun, be more body-aware and raise money. Donations from Macquarie staff and Janine's guests raised A$6,267, supported by the Macquarie Group Foundation, for research into breast and gynaecological cancers.

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A Tough Challenge

Macquarie Foundation - A Tough Challenge photo

With challenges called the Death Plunge, the Killing Fields, the Underwater Cavern and the Swamp, the annual Tough Guy Challenge held on the South Perton Farm in Wolverhampton was never going to be straight forward. Paul Stoakley from Macquarie Securities in London braved freezing conditions to take on the
eight mile assault course based on exercises carried out in military training. With numerous participants withdrawing due to hypothermia, completing the Challenge would have been reward enough for most, but Paul also raised £2,000 with Foundation support for the Royal British Legion.

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Rice Drive for HOME

Macquarie Foundation - Rice drive for HOME photo

Staff from the Singapore office embraced the spirit of Christmas by responding to requests for donations of money and bags of rice for the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME). A choir of women from the HOME shelter donned Santa hats and Macquarie Group Foundation t-shirts to perform Christmas carols in the lobby for staff on the day of the Rice Drive. Organisers Kathryn Haynes and Fiona McDonald raised almost S$12,000 with Foundation support. HOME run a shelter, a food distribution program and other services to support disadvantaged migrant workers in Singapore.

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Cultural Connections

Macquarie Foundation - Cultural connections photo

Gail Sulicich, recently appointed to the Advisory Board of Community Foods SA, volunteered at the Cultural Connection event at Kilburn to promote Community Foods SA. By providing a low-cost food centre for disadvantaged people Community Foods SA promotes healthy eating and provides peer group training in healthy cooking for families. More than 300 people attended the day out enjoying games, ambulance displays and demonstrations, a sausage sizzle and refreshments. The event also successfully developed closer connections between the South Australia Ambulance Service and the local community.

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Ride to Cure Diabetes

Macquarie Foundation - Ride to cure diabetes photo

A Macquarie Group team of cyclists participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) Ride to Cure Diabetes in the scenic Barossa Valley wine region in South Australia in January.

Funds raised from the event will assist JDRF to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. In Australia, JDRF are currently funding over 40 research projects with a total investment of over A$60 million. Macquarie staff have been significant supporters of the JDRF cause and the latest effort reinforced the long-standing relationship.

This year the Ride to Cure event raised a total of A$1.3 million for JDRF. Matthew Rady was extremely proud of the team's efforts confirming that "Macquarie's team of 60 riders contributed a record sum of over A$150,000". Fundraising will be supported by the Foundation, increasing the total donation to more than A$300,000.

Macquarie staff across Australia displayed strong camaraderie and supported the event in terms of both rider numbers and funds raised. Experienced JDRF rider Peter Forrest summed up the event, "I encourage everyone to get involved next year. There are 3 rides: 35 kilometres, 80 kilometres and 160 kilometres. It is by far the best run charity event I know, in the beautiful Barossa Valley, and provides you with a great opportunity to celebrate your riding and charity with a couple of fine Barossa wines."

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Books and Toys for Hong Kong Kids

Macquarie Foundation - books and toys for Hong Kong kids photo

More than 12 boxes of toys and books were donated by staff from Hong Kong during December as part of the Christmas Toy and Book Drive. Caritas Medical Centre in Kowloon received bags of new and pre-loved toys for children in the Developmental Disability Unit, whilst the Little Flowers Primary School in Shatin took delivery of three boxes of books to assist with their English reading program. More than HK$5,000 in cash was also donated by staff during the Drive. This enabled the Caritas Medical Centre to hold a Christmas party for their young patients and for the Little Flowers Primary School to purchase new English books. Dragon Hung and Kevin Lee of the Graduate Volunteer Network helped to organise the collection and promote the Drive.

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On top of the world

Macquarie Foundation - On top of the world photo

In 2006, having been given a minimal chance of survival, Carl Liebel's biggest challenge was to conquer an advanced case of Africa's most prevalent disease, Tuberculosis. Following his recovery and less than two years later, Carl's challenge was to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa for TB Alert which supports TB projects around the world and raises awareness of the disease. By organising a step machine climbing competition for staff in London to simulate the ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, then ascending the mountain itself, Carl raised more than £20,000 with support from the Foundation.

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Regional news

Laying Foundations

Macquarie Foundation - Laying Foundations

Digging house foundations with local residents, painting new buildings and distributing donations to families was all part of a Slum Rebuilding Trip for a group of 15 volunteers from the Hong Kong office who travelled to Bacolod on Negros Island in the Philippines with International Care Ministries (ICM).

Since the partnership between ICM and local not-for-profit organisation Gawad Kalinga began in April 2008, 40 homes have been completed. With this continued level of support the ambitious goal of providing homes for all 800 families in the Riverside slum of Banago is well within sight.

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Graduates Blaze Trail

Macquarie Foundation - Graduates Blaze Trail

Dragon Hung, Eric Cheung, Lydia Lui and Rafael Villadiego trekked 100 kilometres over two days along the MacLenose Trail in Hong Kong in the 2008 Oxfam Trailwalker. With the support of their fellow members of the Graduate Volunteer Network at various checkpoints along the trail, the "Macquarie Hiking" team finished in 38 hours and 42 minutes. Macquarie staff in Hong Kong donated over HK$20,000 throughout the fundraising campaign which will be supported by the Foundation.

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An Ironman Effort

Macquarie Foundation - An Ironman Effort

After competing in the Ironman Korea in 2007 Sean Alexander resumed training in preparation for Ironman Canada to raise funds for Child's Dream. Child's Dream is a charity dedicated to unconditional help for underprivileged children in the Mekong Delta. Following five months of gruelling training in the pool and on the roads of Hong Kong, Sean flew to Penticton in British Columbia where he completed the 3.8 kilometre swim, 180 kilometre bike leg and 42 kilometre run in 14 hours and 43 minutes. Sean raised a total of HK$140,000 including support from the Foundation, which will be assigned to the completion of a school in Pong Ro Chas in Cambodia.

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Lunch Break For Kasumisou

Macquarie Foundation - Lunch Break For Kasumisou

A charity lunch held in support of the Kasumisou Foundation attracted 102 staff from the Tokyo office. Mindy Hepburn and her team of volunteers coordinated the event which included a fundraising raffle and a video presentation from the founders, Mark and Barbara Rosasco. The Kasumisou Foundation has provided support to some of the most disadvantaged people in Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Laos since 1998. The contributions from this lunch totalled ¥918,000 with support from the Macquarie Group Foundation, which will support 75 families in Kasumisou programs for six weeks.

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