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Vulnerable people in the community

Vulnerable people in the community

About the cause

We inspire our people to make a difference in the communities they operate in by allowing them to choose a charity they are passionate about, or working with colleagues to develop fundraising ideas, for great causes and to help tackle inequality.

Here is a selection of the causes we have supported that have helped vulnerable people in local communities.

Pass it on Clothing & Co

Pass it on Clothing & Co is a Sydney based social enterprise which puts your apparel, shoes and accessories donations directly in the hands of those who need it most.

What we did

Chris Vagg, Pass it on Clothing & Co founder: “We know the lessons this “hands on” experience leaves with the participants are long lasting and through connecting with them after the service, we hope they go on and implement their new found knowledge and can individually better support those in need.”

Our colleagues in Oceania participated in Pass it on Clothing & Co’s five-hour “Experience + Education” Program.

This involved the sorting and packing of bags of clothing for 76 men and 24 women. Taking donated items, the team sorted them into 6-8 pieces per bag to create one outfit and delivered to those in need in the community.

Mary Casey, Director and volunteer for the program said: “After the program, I was far more aware than usual of how fortunate I am to have a key to put into a lock at a place I call ‘home’. Thanks to Chris and Olga – it was great to be a part of work which is so demonstrably building relationships and supporting people, and to participate in a direct experience of connecting. We look forward to keeping up the good work with Pass It On.”

 

Ben Ripley, Associate Director, said: A genuine surprise as to how such a simple idea can have a profound effect. Butterfly wings scenario – provides someone with clothing, comfort and dignity, declutters someone’s house, reduces landfill and therefore climate change (less clothes required)! Amazing.”

In 2019, Oceania also engaged with the charity, installing a collection bin in the Sydney office. Clothes donated by colleagues were distributed to those in local communities.

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Childline UK

Childline is a free telephone service available to anyone under the age of 19 in the UK to help with any issue they are going through.

What we did

One of our colleagues in the UK has been actively involved with Childline for many years, volunteering as a counsellor to young, vulnerable callers. To support our colleague’s work, the European team held an ‘Afternoon at the Races’ to raise money. The event was a great success and our colleague and company donations totalled £3,000.

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Guide Dogs UK

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, known by the working name Guide Dogs, is a British charitable organisation founded in 1934. Guide Dogs helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.

What we did

One of our UK colleagues is a keen supporter and volunteer with the Guide Dogs charity, working within the community as a ‘buddy’ to Rik Jones who is visually impaired.

Rik is passionate about his music and doesn’t allow his visual impairment to hold him back so we invited him to do a short virtual gig for HKA’s European team to raise money for the Guide Dogs. The event was a great success and our colleague and company donations totalled £1,000.

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Dress for Success, Australia

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organisation that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

What we did

Colleagues in Oceania donated clothes and accessories to Dress for Success to help local women secure employment and build confidence through a change in wardrobe.

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Food Angels by Bo Charity, Hong Kong

Food Angel is a food rescue and assistance program launched in 2011 by Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of ‘Waste Not, Hunger Not, With Love’.

What we did

Colleagues in Hong Kong volunteered to prepare hot meal boxes and raw vegetables for the needy at Food Angel by Bo Charity Foundation in Hong Kong on 31 Dec 2018.

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Harbour Support Services, UK

Harbour Support Services is a domestic abuse charity that has provided refuge and support for families in the North East of England for over 40 years. It is one of the only refuges in the area that provides support to both women and men who are victims of domestic abuse.

What we did

In the UK, colleagues from the Teesside office donated toiletries, gifts and clothes for adults spending their Christmas in the domestic abuse refuge. Whilst such services tend to receive plenty of gifts for the children living with a parent in a refuge, the parent themselves rarely receive any gifts over Christmas.

I had seen a post on social media about collecting selection boxes for children who don’t receive much over Christmas. I contacted Harbour Support Services to find out how to go about donating selection boxes. They were grateful but advised me they get lots of donations for children, but the women receive next to nothing.

Christmas is supposed to be a happy time of year celebrating with family and friends, and the thought of someone waking up on Christmas unhappy and with nothing made me feel sad, so I wanted to help change that.

I asked my social media contacts and colleagues in the Teesside office for donations, and eventually I managed to make up around 50 Christmas boxes! Dropping them off at the refuges was very heart-warming and the woman were so grateful and surprised to see they would be getting a gift for Christmas.

– Samantha Oram

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Rumah Ozanam, Malaysia

Rumah Ozanam is a Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) set up with the aim of bringing children out of the poverty cycle by providing conducive learning and living environments. Since its opening, Rumah Ozanam has been a welfare home to many children from poverty-stricken areas, currently accommodating 30 children between the ages of five to 1.

What we did

HKA was delighted to support the upkeep of the Rumah Ozanam with a donation. There was also discussion with the home’s administration (led by Mr Fred Martin) on ways to support and encourage the children in education and vocational interests. Colleagues also had the opportunity to interact the children and engage with them on their interest in arts and science studies.

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