BY SARA DE GREY
2018 has been a great year for Southpac Group. Our company has taken strides to be involved with our community events and giving back. It has been truly inspiring to work with a company that does their part to help others.
40 Hour Famine:
This June, Southpac decided to give back and take part in the 40 Hour Famine. This is a fundraising event where you go without food for 40 hours. This year the money raised is being used to support children and families in Northern Uganda with life-saving essentials like nutritious food and clean water, as well as a place to live, education and child-friendly spaces where kids can recover from the trauma of war. We are very proud to announce that Southpac raised $1000 for this cause. For a more in-depth article on how the whole famine went click here.
Tauranga Food Bank is a local charity providing support (in the form of food parcels) to families and people in need in our community. Each year Tauranga Food Bank helps 17,000 people from all walks of life throughout our city with over 6,000 food parcels. Southpac thought this was an easy way to help out the people in the Tauranga region by simply giving some of our food from our pantries. We set up a box in our office where we all brought in sealed food for the month of July. The food donations send children to school with breakfast and lunch and provide evening meals for families feeling the pressure of rising rents and stretched incomes.
Hot Pink Walk:
This October Southpac took part in the Hot Pink Walk. This walk is where hundreds of people get dressed in all shades of pink to take to the streets and enjoy a fun filled walk around the city in support of The Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust. People of all ages were decked out in glamorous pink clothes and all manner of accessories: fairy wings, feather boas, hats and crazy wigs to make strides against breast cancer – even dogs and the security guards were dressed up. Each ticket to do the walk was $10 and the money was going directly to the services the organisation provided, such as emotional support, information to those diagnosed, a massage service, dinner delivery for those receiving treatment and counselling.
Matt and Ben attended a Golf Day fundraiser for Mount Maunganui Primary School. There was a team of four that played 18 holes in Ambrose format and ended up finishing on par thanks to an excellent effort from Matthew who outshot the pro on the final hole. Following the game there was a charity auction. All proceeds went to the Mount Maunganui Primary School.
For our latest activity, Southpac took part in Movember. Movember is the leading charity changing the face of men’s health. They are addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. The aim is for men to grow a moustache for the month of November to raise money towards the cause. Some of our men in the office took part and decided to ‘grow a mo’ in support and raise money through our online page for the cause.
It’s great to look back at this year and see the awesome things Southpac has done together. We are looking forward to next year’s fundraisers, events and helping our community more.
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