Foundation Week activities contribute $3 million to community organisations globally
01 Dec 2015
Macquarie staff and the Macquarie Group Foundation contributed around $3 million to community organisations globally as part of its annual Foundation Week held in October.
From themed bake sales in Manila to a business clothing drive in Sydney, a high-tech high tea between seniors in London and New York, veggie garden volunteering in Johannesburg and a dine by donation event in Auckland, thousands of Macquarie staff were involved in 215 activities benefiting a similar number of non-profits.
Staff made the most of the special ‘2 for 1’ matching for team fundraising events, with amounts up to $5,000 double matched by the Foundation.
View our photo gallery for a snapshot of the diverse Foundation Week activities held across more than 40 Macquarie offices between 17-25 October 2015.
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A sea of paper planes were launched by staff in Macquarie's London office during a Foundation Week fundraiser for Alzheimer's Research UK. 'Pilots' battled it out to see whose plane could fly the furthest across the office’s atrium in individual and team events. Paper plane challenges were also held in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Three staff in Macquarie's Abu Dhabi office shaved their heads as part of a series of fundraising events held for Syria Relief.
A team of Macquarie staff in New York undertook an intense workout in Central Park to raise funds and awareness for PowerPlay NYC, which empowers girls through sports and academic enrichment programs.
More than 450 tins of food were collected by Brisbane staff in a 'canstruction' fundraiser for Brisbane Youth Services.
Macquarie staff in Sydney competed in an online ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader’ maths competition to raise funds for UNICEF.
Staff in Toronto participated in the city’s Light the Night walk, benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Twelve Macquarie staff members walked alongside thousands more with red, white and gold lanterns to show support for blood cancer patients and their families.
Macquarie’s Dublin office hosted a cake sale in support of charities Focus Ireland and Médecins Sans Frontières. A table tennis competition also allowed attendees to work off their cake purchases and donate €2 for five minutes of play!
Staff in Glasgow held a series of events for a range of charities – a mad hatters’ tea party, a trivia quiz and a ‘pearl and tartan day’.
Macquarie staff in Johannesburg collected boxes of toys for local disadvantaged children and delivered them to Brigadier Billings, Station Commander at Sandton Police Station, who welcomed the toys with volunteers from its Victim Protection Unit.
Manila staff participated in a ‘Macathlon’ to raise funds for Visayan Forum Foundation, which supports marginalised migrants and focuses on domestic work rights, child labour and human trafficking.
Munich staff competed in a soccertable tournament to raise funds in a fun way for Startklar, which supports young refugees who have travelled to Germany without their family.
Seven staff from Macquarie's Perth office participated in the Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraising event, the largest cycling fundraiser in Western Australia. Riders cycle over 200 kilometres in two days, with funds raised going to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
A Macquarie team in Boston attended Heading Home’s Connecting for a Cause event to raise money for the city’s homeless. Staff participated in a silent auction and other fundraising activities.
A team of Sydney staff donned gardening gloves and removed several bags of weeds from local bushland, as part of their volunteering with the Wolli Creek Preservation Society.
Macquarie staff competed in the annual Sedan Chair Race, raising funds for around 30 small charities in Hong Kong.
Eight Macquarie staff from Gurgaon spent a day volunteering at an art and craft workshop with children supported by local charity Family, Health and Education.
Twenty singers from Streetwise Opera's choir in London joined Macquarie's own staff ensemble at two mini-concerts to perform together and individually, as part of an awareness raising and fundraising initiative for Streetwise which supports homeless people.
Macquarie’s Beijing office organised a fashion show and auction to raise funds for Wardrobe for Love, which supports children in remote areas of China.
Macquarie’s Mexico City staff spent a day revitalising the Hogar Dulce Hogar orphanage, which supports children aged 3-12 years. The building’s rooms and stairs were painted and furniture and toys cleaned.
Seven staff from Macquarie’s New York office volunteered their time in a Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) dinner service.
Macquarie staff in Philadelphia participated in the ninth annual Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Mutt Strut. The Macquarie team raised awareness and money for PAWS’ shelters and two veterinary clinics.
Twenty Macquarie staff in Sao Paulo organised a soccer match and ‘golf swing’ competition to raise money for five Brazilian charities.
Macquarie staff took part in an office-wide 'Relay in a Day' - a treadmill race where participants ran or walked the distance from Melbourne to Sydney as part of a relay team, raising funds for Kidney Health Australia and the Clontarf Foundation.
Image caption: Thousands of Macquarie staff were involved in more than 200 fundraising and volunteer activities during Foundation Week 2015.