Cats and dogs bring team together

As a Jack Russell owner herself, Lanna Guillen has a particular understanding of how much exercise and affection a dog needs.

The Risk Management Group employee chose the Sydney Cats and Dogs Home as the community organisation her newly formed team volunteered for, as a way of getting to know each other outside of the office.

The team donated $50 each and spent half a day caring for the animals: “It was quite exhausting running around after the animals but we all had the same goal and it was a lot of fun doing it too,” she said.

Balloon sofas showcase team work

As part of Macquarie London’s ongoing support for local schools, eight volunteers helped produce leadership workshops for 22 students from Holloway School. Supported by the BIG Alliance’s education team, the senior students (or prefects) were given the opportunity to partner with Macquarie to learn more about the world of work, leadership and team work.

Six sessions were held at Macquarie with volunteers organising and delivering each workshop. One session included an exercise where the students worked together in short amount of time to create a sofa made out of balloons. Two out of the four sofas survived the stress test (the full body weight of one of the students).

Science practice outside the lab

Fourteen children from underprivileged families in Singapore enjoyed a scientific day out with a group of Macquarie staff and their kids, as part of a volunteering initiative with Family Service Centres.

With a focus on interaction and fun, the children discovered a range of exhibitions at the Singapore Science Centre, spending time in the outdoor kinetic garden and exploring the sensory experiences on offer.

Part of Singapore’s Community Chest (the fundraising arm of National Council of Social Service), Family Service Centres works to improve the social well-being of families who are struggling.

Home cooking makes a difference for Kasumisou

Now in its eighth year, the Macquarie Tokyo’s annual Kasumisou Charity Lunch successfully raised more than one million Japanese yen for the Kasumisou Foundation.

Coordinated by a Macquarie Securities Group team, Tokyo office staff enjoyed home-cooked local dishes in exchange for a donation.

The funds raised support families caring for AIDS patients, an arts program, a rural assistance service and Kasumisou Scholars, which supports low-income college students.

End of summer shave for cancer support

Six Macquarie summer interns raised $40,000 by sacrificing their hair to support the Cancer Council, the leading independent funders of cancer research in Australia.

Five Sydney-based interns from across Macquarie’s businesses (Melbourne intern Kangdi Peng made up the team) gathered in front of a large crowd at Macquarie’s headquarters for a group hair cut. The male participants had their heads shaved, while the females had their hair bobbed.

On hand to recognise the team’s fundraising efforts were members of Macquarie’s senior management including Shemara Wikramanayake, Head of Macquarie Asset Management.