While Budget Direct’s Kawana staff enjoyed an international extravaganza at their end of year party last Saturday, they are mindful that charity begins at home.
More than 700 Budget Direct staff and partners from Kawana and Brisbane attended the function at the Caloundra Events Centre which was transformed into an international transit lounge for the evening, complete with exotic themed rooms, international foods and entertainers.
But the biggest highlight of the evening was the presentation of a $50,000 cheque, made up of staff and corporate donations, to Budget Direct’s main charity Act for Kids.
In June Budget Direct set a target to raise $50,000 in 12 months for Act for Kids – a charity which works with abused and neglected children across Australia. Just four months later, after a massive fundraising effort from staff and management support, the target was achieved.
More than $15,000 alone was raised during National Child Protection Week in September, from sponsored runners in Bridge to Brisbane, sausage sizzles, raffles and one memorable day when staff came to work dressed up as superheroes to promote Act for Kids’ Kids Crusader program.
Budget Direct CEO Ram Kangatharan said making a difference in the community was a key focus for the company, and one which staff wholeheartedly embraced.
“Budget Direct has been supporting Act for Kids for a number of years now and we wanted to step up that support to make a real difference,” said Mr Kangatharan. “Our staff got behind all the efforts to raise funds at work and in their own time for the cause.
“As well as raising money we also worked to raise awareness by participating in Act for Kids’ inaugural Twinkle Twinkle campaign. This involved our Contact Centre and HR teams making videos of themselves singing nursery rhymes for those children who have never heard one before. We were thrilled that our videos were the top three most watched out of all of those submitted. We even beat X Factor contestants!”
Act for Kids CEO Dr Neil Carrington said the cheque was the single biggest business donation and makes Budget Direct one of the charity’s largest corporate supporters. The funds would be used to continue the work Act for Kids does with abused and neglected children.
“Budget Direct set a huge goal and their team did an amazing job to hit that target in just four months. It shows what you can do when you’re really committed to making a difference. I’m humbled by their passion and determination to help the kids and families we work with,” said Dr Carrington.
PHOTO: Act for Kids’ Neil Carrington and Rob Williamson, Budget Direct’s Jennifer Brown, Matthew Welsby, William Harrison, Taimah Martyr, Angel Davison and Ram Kangatharan. CREDIT: Getanightlife.com.au
ABOUT ACT FOR KIDS
Act for Kids is a nationwide charity organisation which works towards preventing and treating child abuse and neglect by providing long-term intensive therapy. A child suffers abuse or neglect every 14 minutes in Australia and over 38,000 kids were abused or neglected in just one year.*
To find out more visit: www.actforkids.com.au
*Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.Child protection Australia 2011–12.Child welfare series no. 55. Cat. No. CWS 43. Canberra: AIHW. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129542755