Annual Foundation festival sparks global support
02 Dec 2016
Macquarie staff and the Macquarie Group Foundation contributed more than $A2 million to community organisations globally as part of its annual Foundation Week held in October.
From puzzle-solving in Manila to head massages in Mumbai, Bollywood Zumba lessons in London to an excursion with refugees in Frankfurt, a ping pong tournament in Houston and sales of Macquarie rooftop honey in Sydney, thousands of Macquarie staff were involved in more than 240 activities benefiting approximately 175 non-profits.
Staff made the most of the special ‘2 for 1’ matching for team fundraising events, with amounts up to A$5,000 double matched by the Foundation.
The impacts made from the work around the world were many and varied, with highlights including:
In the Americas
- 300 youth athletes supported
- 200 meals prepared and served
- 34 job readiness mock interviews conducted
- 4 Habitat for Humanity home builds
- 1 health fair
- 1,150 meals prepared and served
- 300 school supplies backpacks delivered
- 200 dogs and 20 cats cared for
- 172 trees planted
- 54 blood donations made
- 35 mini-acts of kindness completed
- 1 wall mural painted
- 125 students mentored
- 590 meals prepared
- 48 blood donations
- 10.5 tonnes food collected
- 1 cat adopted
- 1,500 food parcels created
- 70 refugees supported
- 60 toys donated to an Eastern Europe orphanage
- 10 seniors shown how to use social media
- 6 pallets of dried food packed
- 1 trip to the zoo for refugee children and their families
- 1 homelessness shelter repainted
- 1 Syrian supper club organised
View our photo gallery for a snapshot of the diverse Foundation Week activities held across 39 Macquarie offices between 8-23 October 2016.
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A Brisbane team helped build a new OzHarvest edible garden and installed a cold storage room for the rescued food organisation.
Calgary staff helped raise more than $C213,000 for Children's Wish Foundation, Alberta Cancer Foundation, YMCA Calgary and UNICEF at the Macquarie Annual Shuck Off and Seafood Feast.
Some clowning around in Chicago before preparing and cooking food for Ronald McDonald House residents.
Dublin staff made up and distributed food parcels at Capuchin Day Centre.
Frankfurt staff hosted a trip for a group of refugees to see the Frankfurt city centre, which included a city tour, lunch at Macquarie’s office and a visit to the zoo.
Gurgaon staff led Excel and Word workshops with disadvantaged students to help their employability through the training non-profit Agrasar.
Staff in Hong Kong held a fundraiser to fill 150 bags with everyday essential items for local homeless people.
Volunteers financially and physically helped construct a house for a Houston family in need via Habitat for Humanity.
In support of the Human Society, Jacksonville staff sat strong as part of an inter-office fundraising competition.
Volunteers from Macquarie’s Kuala Lumpur office spent time with children from the National Autism Society of Malaysia, playing games and having lunch. Close to MYR120,000 ($A36,000) was also donated to the organisation.
The Macquarie choir joined with Streetwise Opera performers for a fundraising singalong in the London office.
Staff in London packed Fareshare food orders and delivered them to charities across the city as well as helped sort and organise at the food redistributor’s warehouse.
London staff competed to see who was fastest up the office’s internal staircase, in aid of youth mental health charity the Black Puppy Foundation.
Manila staff provided breakfast to underprivileged kids supported by the ABC Foundation.
Together with the Haribon Foundation, volunteers from Macquarie’s Manila office took the Biodiversity on Wheels multimedia and library van to Gentle Hands orphanage in Quezon City, helping children understand environmental protection through storytelling, colouring, and origami.
Terminally ill children in Manila received a gift bag from Manila staff to enjoy via the Make A Wish Foundation.
A Munich team raised money, and collected and wrapped children’s clothing and toys to transport to a Croatian orphanage.
Macquarie bikers in Mumbai – on a custom Harley Davidson, a custom Benelli, a custom Triumph Bonneville, a Royal Enfield Himalayan and a Kawasaki Ninja - rode 250km to raise awareness and funds for Olympic Gold Quest which supports the training and preparation of India's top athletes.
A team of 16 staff helped organize a Halloween party for a group of New York City’s most vulnerable children, through the non-profit Win.
Twenty five staff participated in New York Cares Day for Schools, helping revitalize a public school in need and raising about $6,000 for public school support.
Staff in Perth met with Indigenous boys from Clontarf Foundation for a range of activities, including preparing lunch with them at a soup kitchen.
It was a long happy hour for the Sao Paulo staff who bought tickets to an evening of Brazilian drinks and English food in support of non-profits Instituto Pro-Crianca Cardiaca,SOS EB Kids, Lar do Alvorecer Cristao, Santa Causa, Instituto Tiago Camilo, Grupo Sol and Instituto Brasileiro de Transformacao pela Educacao.
Staff had a rolling good time bowling with ladies from HOME, which supports domestic workers in Singapore.
In Singapore, staff signed up to freshly cut fruit delivered to their desk by their colleagues in aid of refugee services.
In Seoul, staff played with abandoned dogs and cats at a rescue shelter and cleaned their enclosures.
Through the charity ONE80TC, 14 staff in Sydney helped renovate a site that will house women escaping from domestic violence.
An auction featuring 41 reputable wines was a highlight for many wine connoisseurs in Sydney helping raise money for Women’s Community Shelters.
Thirty-six staff in Sydney spent more than 18 hours and donated 31 bags of clothes and accessories (including bags, make-up, belts and shoes) to Dress For Success, helping women and men along the path to employment with smart interview and job wear.
A team in Sydney helped clean up Centennial Park’s ponds by catching carp and collecting litter.
Through the Mexican restaurant Zambrero’s Plate 4 Plate initiative, more than 20 Sydney staff helped pack thousands of meals so that for every burrito or bowl purchased at Zambrero, another is donated to someone in need.
In Tokyo, volunteers helped prepare food for distribution to homeless people through the organisation Second Harvest.
Macquarie Light The Night walkers in Toronto paid tribute and raised more than $C15,000 to support those affected by blood cancer.
Main image caption: Thousands of staff were involved in more than 240 community activities during Macquarie's 2016 Foundation Week - shown here are Houston employees volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity house build.