Making a festive season difference
23 December 2014
Across the globe Macquarie staff embraced the festive spirit in 2014 by giving back to people in need.
In America, New York staff partnered with ESS Safe Space New York to host a festive holiday party for 50 elementary school students from Jamaica, Queens. Many of the students had never travelled to Manhattan before, and none had seen a corporate office.
The party was the wrap-up of the New York Winter Wishes holiday campaign organized by Macquarie’s Connie Funk and Ilhwa Compton. As part of that campaign more than 500 wish list letters were answered by staff members for children growing up in low-income communities, in 2014 alone.
Close to nine hundred gifts were also donated to under privileged children in Australia who may have otherwise missed out on receiving a present. The combined value of gifts purchased by Macquarie staff was valued at over $25,000, with the drive organised by Mission Australia.
In London, staff ‘decked the halls’ in their Christmas jumpers to support the local Graduate Volunteer Network and donated over 250 gifts to three local charities as part of a festive toy appeal.
The Graduate network hosted a day of mince pies, gingerbread cookies and mulled wine to raise funds for their chosen charity, Islington Giving, and raised over £4,000, which will be used to help tackle poverty and isolation in young people.
Across the sea in Manila, staff arranged a Christmas gift drive for local welfare organisation Hospicio de San Jose where food and knitting kits were packaged and delivered by Macquarie volunteers, who also spent time playing games and singing songs with the residents. Separately, more than PhP60,000 was raised.
Image caption: Santa Claus (aka Macquarie’s Ken Savio) was a great hit with children from low-income communities attending Macquarie New York’s holiday season party.