Raising the stakes at Foundation Week


Sydney, 30 October 2014

From Adelaide to Auckland, Macquarie ANZ staff turned out in droves to support Foundation Week activities.

A trivia night in Sydney raised $6,300 for Raise Foundation, a mentoring organisation for at-risk teens. Spearheaded by Fixed Interest, Currencies and Commodities’ Jerry Meades and Corporate Operations Group’s Antonia Everson, the event had a month-long run-up with teams replying to questions each week to pique interest for the competition. Raffle prizes and a magician also helped entertain participants.

‘Loud shirt’ days brought colour to Banking and Financial Services offices in Sydney and Melbourne as did pink ribbon breakfasts across New Zealand offices in aid of (respectively), the Shepherd Centre, which works with hearing-impaired children and families, and breast cancer research.

Other events in Sydney included:

  • a Financial Management Group team inviting the non-profit So They Can to speak at an African-themed fundraiser about its work with communities in Africa to break the poverty cycle
  • an FMG team walk along the Sydney harbour foreshore for the Leukemia Foundation
  • a Macquarie Funds Group wine tasting event comparing Australian and French wines, with proceeds going to by Inspire Foundation
  •  a BFS ‘take the stairs’ day to encourage staff in Macquarie’s Shelley St offices to use the stairs and make a donation to the Heart Foundation if using the lifts. As well as raising funds, it was also successful in prompting people to think about being more active within the building.

In Melbourne, a BFS team arranged a bake-off for SIDS and KIDS, which helps save the lives of babies and children and supports bereaved families.

In Perth, a casual attire Friday and morning tea raised funds for Empowering Cambodia, which loans money to poor rural families to buy income-producing cows

Hidden football talents were also uncovered in Adelaide, where five BFS staff along with clients participated in a local AFL 9’s football competition. Their silky skills raised eyebrows as well as $4,000 for Variety SA, the Children’s Charity.

Macquarie’s Adelaide office has been a long-term supporter of the charity, with staff participating in several of its events, including the famous Variety Bash.   


Image caption: Attendees at the Sydney fundraising event for So They Can during Foundation Week.