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Lawyers down suits for community lunch meeting

Macquarie’s legal team and representatives from law firm Clayton Utz joined forces to lend a hand and learn more about The Wayside Chapel, a community service charity located near Macquarie’s Sydney offices.

A discussion on mental health, homelessness, and drug and alcohol abuse preceded the preparation, cooking and sharing of lunch with the Wayside community.

Global support for Nepal earthquake relief

The devastating earthquake in Nepal in April sparked a global Macquarie Group fundraiser to support Live to Love, an organisation providing on-the-ground support for victims of the disaster.

Corporate communications staff in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney raised more than $A25,000 within a fortnight of the earthquake, organising office flash bake sales.

Paula Chirhart and Stephen Yan, who spearheaded the fundraising in Macquarie’s New York office, said Live to Love had been chosen because it already had on-the-ground teams working in Nepal, with a number of projects in the region centring on medical services and relief aid.

An additional $A56,500 was also raised through staff donations and Macquarie Group Foundation matching for a range of other aid organisations supporting relief efforts.

Photo credit: Live to Love

Hacking a plan for success

Five budding social entrepreneurs were paired with Macquarie directors in Sydney recently, as part of a skilled volunteering program that develops ventures addressing community disadvantage.

In partnership with the Macquarie Group Foundation, Macquarie’s Learning and Development team and the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), 14 Macquarie staff with a range of business experience brainstormed ideas with the entrepreneurs at the second annual ‘Hackathon’ (the name echoes the intensive collaboration events attended by people involved with all aspects of software or hardware development).

All five of the entrepreneurs said their Hackathon experience was beneficial in refining their project's business plan and they would recommend it to others.

In addition to the Hackathon, 12 SSE entrepreneurs will also work with Macquarie mentors over three months to construct a formal business plan and pitch, which will be presented to a Macquarie judging panel.

Three winners will each be awarded a $A10,000 grant to kick-start their venture.

Mentoring program forms productive relationships

Macquarie’s Po Leung Kuk mentoring program this year saw 16 students work with 32 Macquarie mentors over a six month period.

The mentoring program, which is now in its fifth year, saw a record number of applications from mentors and mentees. 

At the graduation ceremony, it was clear that many of the relationships formed during the program would continue. The mentees garnered tangible skills to use in their workforce participation - helped by constructive feedback on their resumes, job interview skills and university applications - while the mentors derived satisfaction from volunteering.

Macquarie has supported Po Leung Kuk since 2010 through the mentoring program as well as the Tackling Life schools rugby program, where children are encouraged to tackle challenges both on and off the field.