One of the great things about working at Saward Dawson is that many of our clients are not-for-profit organisations doing some amazing work, both in Australia and in other parts of the world. A recent staff initiative now means that we will be supporting them in other ways than just providing great services.
One great project
Back in 2002, a former staff member Peter Scarborough and his wife Esther headed to a remote region of Indonesia to bring medical assistance in refugee camps that had sprung up as a result of regional cross-cultural fighting. Since then, they have set up Hohidiai on the east Indonesian island of Halmahera. Hohidiai is a growing medical clinic and training centre, a childrens’ care facility and a thriving school. Read our article…
We have supported Peter and Esther financially through various events and methods. Whilst we have achieved some very significant results, it has been unpredictable at times.
Being more deliberate
A group of our staff started talking about how we, as a firm, can be more deliberate in financially supporting Hohidiai and some of the great work done by many of our other clients. The following ideas were presented to the partners who have been very supportive in the implementation phase:
Every six months, we select a charity that we will connect with, raise funds for and promote in our newsletters.
All staff to be given the opportunity to make a regular contribution from their salary to our selected charity.
As a separate contribution, staff will also be able to have another deduction go to Hohidiai.
Many of our staff are already committed to various charities and organisations, financially and through volunteering. So it is very pleasing that around half have nominated to join the scheme.
The first charity that we will supporting is WaterAid. Matt Crouch visited WaterAid in Papua New Guinea last year and we featured his article in a newsletter.
We have a couple of more staff heading to Cambodia and East Timor soon to look at other WaterAid projects. We are excited be involved.