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Cool heads, warm fundraising for leukaemia support

With blood cancer the third biggest cause of cancer deaths in Australia, a team of Macquarie Leasing staff shaved off their hair to support people diagnosed with the disease.

The 20-strong team impressed supporters enough to raise more than $43,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation, including matching from the Macquarie Group Foundation.

Plank challenge strengthens support for transplant patients

Clocking in times of between 6:30 and 7:10, Macquarie’s New York top three plankers Brian Foley, Kelly Taraborrelli and Sarah Berman won an office challenge to benefit Be the Match and Icla da Silva Foundation, both of which help people in need of bone marrow transplants.

Staff were invited to see how long they could hold the challenging plank pose to raise awareness for the cause, and also registered 27 new potential donors for the Be the Match registry.

How to support the environment without getting your hands dirty

Fifteen Macquarie ‘green gamers’ battled it out on popular video games Tetris and Mario Kart to raise $1,250 for Conservation International at a recent New York office fundraiser.

Players competed fiercely in individual and team challenges on donated equipment and consoles set up in a Macquarie conference space. 

New York draws a lively crowd for live crowdfunding

The Funding Network USA’s fourth ever live crowdfunding raised more than $45,000 at a Macquarie New York office hosted event recently.

Three non-profit organisations - Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, College and Community Fellowship and STEM from Dance - each gave six minute pitches to the 100+ audience, then left the room while comedian Christian Finnegan facilitated a lively pledging session. 

Thirty minutes later, each organisation had raised at least $15,000 from the audience, including matching from the Macquarie Group Foundation for participating staff.

More than a dozen staff volunteered and donated funds during the event, as well as invited friends and colleagues to participate.

Cooking for a cause

A traditional Austrian dish whipped up by staff from Macquarie’s Vienna office helped feed 180 people seeking support at a local homeless shelter.

Macquarie’s Claudia Wohlfahrt, who coordinated the seven-strong volunteering team, said the group prepared a ham and noodle dish called Schinkenfleckerl to feed clients at Gruft, which offers a hot meal twice a day, showers and clothing and a place to sleep.

The team also had an opportunity to talk to some of the diners after the meal, and intend continuing to support the Caritas-managed shelter in future.