Tabcorp team members step up for their communities
The volunteer program allows eligible employees to take one day’s paid volunteer leave each year to work with Tabcorp’s partner charities or a group of their choice. Under the matched fundraising program, Tabcorp has set aside $200,000 per year to match employees’ efforts to raise funds for registered charities (to a limit of $10,000 per charity, to share the money around).
Launched in July 2012, the program has delivered valuable dividends for communities and charities, according to Tabcorp’s Shareholder Relations and Community Projects Officer Sean Gray. “When we first started the program, I was advised a 7 per cent participation rate from employees would be excellent,” Mr Gray said. “We now have 16 per cent of our employees involved in Tabcare.
The feedback we have had from employees who have volunteered at our partner organisations has been very positive,” Mr Gray said. “Many of them have participated in OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause program, that teaches an average person how to take what is in their fridge and make a meal, rather than throwing it out.
This has opened the eyes of many of our employees about how much food they put in the rubbish that could actually be put to use.
OzHarvest’s National Corporate Engagement Manager, Megs Hermann said the donation of time and energy from Tabcorp employees helps to prepare beautiful meals for people in need. “Tabcorp’s active involvement in the program provides invaluable support for our mission to rescue food and nourish our community,” she said.
Tabcorp backs its charitable programs with donations of $20,000 to both OzHarvest and Conservation Volunteers Australia. “I like to think that the support of Tabcorp and our employees makes a real difference to these charities,” Mr Gray said.