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Australian Red Cross – Volunteering

In May this year, Point Advisory team members had the pleasure of volunteering with the Australian Red Cross. Under the instructions of Red Cross staff, we spent several hours knitting Trauma Teddies.

Sensory toys, in our case Teddies, can be helpful to provide comfort to children under emotional stress or pain. The Trauma Teddy story started in 1990 and since then, Australian Red Cross has been distributing 1 million Trauma Teddies to children that have or are currently experiencing traumas or illness. Teddies are given out to people that are for instance affected by fire, floods and other disasters. All teddies are knitted by volunteers.

The Teddy will be hugged, squeezed and chewed by a child that is distressed or in pain, therefore only a safe and strong Teddy can become an official Red Cross Trauma Teddy. Every knitted Trauma Teddy has to follow the Red Cross standards and pass a quality control by a local Red Cross coordinator. You can see the result of our hard work below.

For more information on how to join the Trauma Teddy knitters community click here.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives is a key part of our BCorp commitments.

Beach Patrol – Volunteering

In March this year, several Point Advisory team members had the pleasure of volunteering with Ramona from Beach Patrol down in Port Melbourne. The team spent a couple of hours collecting rubbish along the beach and foreshore, recording the volumes of different types of rubbish. Significant amounts of plastics and other rubbish flows into the bay from the surrounding streets and the Yarra River which enters the bay close to Port Melbourne beach. We collected around 3,000 small pieces of plastic, food wrappers, cups, straws, bottles and cigarette butts weighing more than 10kg. Unfortunately, in a few hours we only scratched the surface, and there was still a lot more rubbish left on the beach and floating in the water.

Beach Patrol Australia addresses the marine litter crisis through direct action, engaging with suburb-based community groups to undertake local clean ups. Starting in 2009 with a couple of residents in Middle Park meeting regularly to clean up their local beach, Beach Patrol has grown to 29 groups across Victoria with over 1500 regular volunteers signed up to help keep our beaches clean.

It was a highly rewarding opportunity for the Point Advisory team and eye-opening experience seeing first-hand the extent of rubbish washing up on our beaches and in the oceans. Point Advisory are planning on participating in Beach Patrol’s annual ‘Spring Clean the City’ event on Saturday September 21, joining hundreds of other volunteers in cleaning up the streets of Melbourne’s CBD.

To find out more about Beach Patrol and their corporate volunteering opportunities, click here.

FareShare Kitchen #2 – Volunteering

Earlier this year, the Point Advisory team spent an afternoon volunteering at the FareShare kitchen in Melbourne. The team assisted with the preparation of nearly 4,000 meals, including vegetarian sausage rolls and quiches, and had a fantastic time along the way. These meals were dispatched to a number of local charities around Melbourne servicing members of the community experiencing food poverty.

FareShare rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and prepares free nutritious meals for people in need. Around four million Australians experience food insecurity each year while as much as $20 billion worth of food is wasted. FareShare tackles the tragedy head on by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farmers and other businesses. Since starting in 2000 FareShare has grown significantly and provides over 1 million meals per year thanks to the efforts of over 900 active volunteers and numerous organisations donating their time.

Point Advisory greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn about and contribute to the amazing work done by FareShare on a daily basis, tackling food waste, community health and poverty simultaneously. The team at FareShare are very welcoming and facilitate an excellent team-bonding experience too. You can find out more about FareShare and their corporate volunteering opportunities here.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives, such as FareShare is a key part of our BCorp commitments. To find out more about BCorp, visit https://bcorporation.com.au/.

Point Advisory & Ndevr Environmental take on the Solar Light Challenge

In Papua New Guinea (PNG), it is common for rural families to use kerosene lamps, as many homes are not connected to electricity. The Solar Light Challenge, organised by WWF Australia and SolarBuddy, aims to help PNG children play or study at night using solar lights.

In March, Point Advisory and Ndevr Environmental teamed up to form a solar light assembly line, putting together 50 lights for children in PNG. With our instruction manuals and mini screw drivers in-hand, the friendly competition set in, and we quickly put together the whole lot. We wrote letters to send together with the solar lights, wishing the PNG children good luck and greetings from Australia.

The Solar Light Challenge is highly recommended. It was a rewarding way to help our friends in PNG and to replace kerosene with free and sustainable energy from the sun. Click on the link to find out how your business or school can take part.