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Volunteering Enthusiasm is Infectious!


Posted on November 26, 2012

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If you ever needed proof that volunteering can make people happy, take a look at the smiley faces of more than 200 volunteers from the Telstra International Group (TIG).

TIG employees based in 14 international markets such as Hong Kong, US, UK, Singapore, China and India can now enjoy one-day of Telstra Volunteer Leave to assist for charities which are close to their hearts. The response has been tremendous since the launch of this program in August this year!  In less than three months, we have more than 11 local volunteering initiatives and two global campaigns, touching 10 different charities worldwide, and involving more than 200 volunteers in nine markets. Here’s a snapshot of what we have been doing:

We care about the underprivileged groups. The Australia team donated winter clothes to Eddie Dixon Centre and the UK team refurbished houses through Family Mosaic. The Hong Kong team helped build nurseries and fences in a farm operated by New Life which supports people in recovery of mental illness.

We love children. The executive leadership team visited migrant women and their children in Hong Kong, who are supported by a small local charity Pathfinders, and another team from Operations threw a Halloween party for these underprivileged children.

We care about health. In October, we turned PINK to make everyone across TIG more aware of breast cancer. In November, we have more than 40 gentlemen growing their moustache to support Movember, a global initiative that makes one cares about men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

What really touched me is how our colleagues are strong supporters of each other. The entire office in both New York and Chicago participated in the Light the Night charity Walk to support the Leukaemia and Lymphoma society, as our colleague John Sopack is bravely fighting this disease. Our UK team doubled the fund raising target for colleagues Duncan Atkins and Kevin Sell who rode all the way from Big Ben to Gibralter Rock to raise the profile for the DELTA (Deaf Education through Listening and Talking), a charity very close to the heart of Duncan as his son is deaf.

In this short space, I didn’t have time to mention all of the TIG Global Volunteering stories. I will continue to share stories as they happen, and I’ve got a very long list to keep me going!

I am excited to say that the volunteering spirit is spreading rapidly across borders, even a small office like Mumbai has shown support by holding a class to teach computer skills to underprivileged students.

There are many indicators for a great workplace but a company that makes its employees proud of because of sustainability can definitely stand out from others. At Telstra, we know the difference we can make as a group to local communities by connecting our people with appropriate charities. Here at TIG, no matter which market our staff is working in, we are all connected by this community spirit.

Do you have a work volunteering story you’d like to share?