Reed Exhibitions Australia is embracing RE Cares with a company-wide volunteer program to bring the business together as ‘One Company’ and make a difference down under.
Organised by Reed Exhibitions Australia’s social committee, waves of employees will take a day out of the office to help a local charity, the Exodus Foundation, who help provide food, educational, social health and wellbeing services for those in need.
Brian Thomas the Managing Director for Reed Exhibitions Australia commented, “This is a new initiative for Reed Exhibitions Australia as we had not previously maximised the RE Cares opportunity in Australia. We decided to change this in 2015 and asked the social committee to identify a worthy charity so we could make it easy for our teams to participate. The response was overwhelming. Forty spots to help serve food to people in need or to pack food support packages were taken up so quickly that we needed to create a wait list for future opportunities. We are now planning to make this an annual event”.
But it doesn’t end there – those not able to be part of the day will make a difference by donating cans and food to be taken with the volunteering teams, which contribute to the hampers and emergency food parcels that the Exodus Foundation distributes to struggling families across Sydney.
In addition to the Volunteer Program and ongoing fundraising throughout the year, Reed Exhibitions Australia also participated in the iconic campaign Jeans for Genes where staff were encouraged to don their denim for an entire week in exchange for a daily donation to raise money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute who research cancers, birth defects, and genetic diseases in order to give kids a better chance of a healthy, happy future.
During this week, the Reed Exhibitions Australia team achieved 125% of their fundraising goal as everyone embraced the cause.