Sydney, 16 Sep 2015
It took a short meeting with the CEO and Chair of Special Olympics Australia (SOA) in 2014 for Macquarie’s Cameron Brownjohn to join the board of the non-profit.
The work of SOA resonated with him in his pursuit to support a community organisation with his business experience, corporate knowledge and fiscal skills.
A year later he gathered together a team of eight Macquarie staff members as part of Special Olympics Australia’s corporate and competitive fundraising event, Splash. The team raised $10,000 - with Macquarie Group Foundation matching - for SOA athletes and competed in the relay swimming races at the event.
“There was a great community spirit at the event and it was an opportunity to get other Macquarie staff involved and exposed to the organisation’s activities.”
More than $100,000 was raised at Splash for SOA, a non-profit which strives to foster acceptance and inclusion of all people, especially those with an intellectual disability. Using sport as the avenue, Special Olympics shifts the focus from disability to ability in 170 countries, building confidence and self development in their athletes.
Macquarie staff member Cameron Spittle was one of the eight participants in the Macquarie team.
“Special Olympics Australia’s ethos is around having a go and their oath – ‘Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’ – resonated with me. Watching the smiles on the faces of the athletes was what it was all about and it was good to see everyone just having a go. It was eye opening and a great thing to be involved in,” Spittle said.
Image caption: Relay participants at Special Olympics Australia’s Splash event.