Feeding Hope – Volunteering for Eat Up Australia

National Volunteering Week is held on 20-26 May 2024 and is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering efforts.

This year’s theme, “Something for Everyone,” aims to highlight the important role of volunteers in our community and recognise the diverse passions and talents everyone brings to the act of volunteering.

We encourage our employees to explore the various volunteering opportunities available, and we believe that there is a place for everyone in the world of volunteering. Whether you are interested in environmental causes, community outreach, education, or other areas, there is a place where your unique set of skills and interests can flourish.

The act of giving through volunteering is also a two-way relationship. Not only does helping others benefit the community, but it is also a deeply rewarding experience that can enhance your personal wellbeing.

Serving Up Smiles with Eat Up Australia

In giving back to the community, our employees took part in an on-site sandwich making workshop hosted by Eat Up Australia, an organisation dedicated to providing free lunches to disadvantaged children in schools across the country.

We discovered that a staggering 1 in 5 children in Australian schools go to school without lunch, which leads to hunger, fatigue, and poor concentration in class.

Several volunteers from BGER helped to prepare over 1,000 fresh sandwiches that are supplied directly to local schools in WA to support disadvantaged children. These local schools are part of the larger 750+ education facilities nationally that require ongoing support from Eat Up Australia.

Meiling Chu, Legal Counsel at BGER who participated shares, “Eat Up Australia is offering a practical solution to the hunger crisis that many children are facing, and it only made sense to join in and contribute.”

She adds, “It was a fun workshop to be involved in and knowing we helped provide such a vital resource for these children brought such a deep sense of satisfaction and purpose. I highly recommend that everyone gets involved in the next workshop to support such a great cause.”

Making a Positive Difference in the Community

Jordee Hunter, Civil Engineer at BGER, is the President and Founding Member of a local volunteer club known as the Rotaract Club of Belmont.

Jordee says, “We’re a group of passionate young professionals taking action to impact change in our local community and around the world. I originally began involved when I was at University, I wanted to give back, so I opted to give my time and efforts through volunteering which is how the club began.”

When asked about the club’s activities, she says “We often participate in community parks and river clean up events, alongside regular fundraisers, tree plantings, food handouts and other similar events.”

Jordee adds, “Whenever there is the opportunity to volunteer, I always try to be involved. Participating in events such as the Eat Up Australia sandwich-making workshop with BGER’s support is a great opportunity to become involved with others in the business.”

Thank you to Tiana Andreello, Claudia Tan, Terryn Berardone, Meiling Chu, Jordee Hunter, Natalie Horsfield, and Fatima Kazemi for contributing to the workshop.

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