NEWS

At South West Personnel, we love being involved in the local community.
Whether it's participation in local fundraising and sporting events, or lending a helping hand to charities and non-profit groups, we do it with passion.

Check out what we've been up to lately...

 

 

Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

South West Personnel is again proud to participate in the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal by donating food hampers filled with pantry essentials.

Recent research shows that more than one third of Australian households will purchase too much food for Christmas Day.  However, there will also be thousands of Australians that will go without at least one meal on Christmas Day due to financial hardship.  On Christmas Day alone, the Salvation Army expects to celebrate Christmas with at least 8000 people who are facing disadvantage or homelessness.

http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/en/get-involved/Christmas/

  

 

 

 

 

  • Salvation Army Christmas Appeal
RSPCA WA

RSPCA WA is a charity (not a Government agency) that relies on supporter donations to continue their lifesaving work.  Three quarters of their income is derived from donations and bequests.

South West Personnel is again proud to donate to this organisation to assist them in acheiving their Five Freedoms for Animals:

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
  • Freedom from fear and distress.
Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, they deliver extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia. 

Over the past 12 months, the RFDS (Western Operations) has transported more than 8,600 sick and injured patients, conducted just under 2500 rural and remote clinics, undertook over 6,000 flights and in total flew a staggering 7.9 million kilometres – the equivalent of 10 times to the moon and back!

South West Personnel is always keen to support such essential services by means of donation.

RSPCA Cupcake Day 2015

Well the staff at South West Personnel certainly enjoy getting behind great causes and raising money when they can.  It is even more fun when they can create interesting looking cupcakes and eat them as well!

On Monday 17th August, the staff raised amongst themselves $88.05 to support the RSPCA Cupcake Day.  Money raised goes towards fighting animal cruelty and assists in giving mistreated animals a second chance.

An interesting array of cupcakes were created with our Junior Administration Assistant Jacinta Biddiscombe coming out the winner with a cute little owl cupcake.

A big thank you to our Receptionist Amy Morgan for organising this fundraising event and providing the assortment of decorations and cupcake bases.  I am sure the team will look forward to next year’s event!

  • RSPCA Cupcake Day 2015
  • RSPCA Cupcake Day 2015
  • RSPCA Cupcake Day 2015
Jeans for Genes Day 2015

The staff at South West Personnel rallied together again to support Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 6th August.  $100.00 was raised amongst staff along with staff purchasing badges to support this important cause.

Every dollar raised on the day helps scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

  • Jeans for Genes Day 2015
Foodbank WA

FoodbankWA have recently opened the largest custom-built Foodbank anywhere in Australia creating the infrastructure that will support them to fight hunger and increase food security across WA now and long into the future.

South West Personnel were keen to donate again to assist in the essential work Foodbank WA carries out supporting people in need in our community.

2015 Children's Festival - Circus Quirkus

South West Personnel is again proud to have donated to the annual Children’s Festival – CIRCUS QUIRKUS to be held at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on the 19th August hosted by the Bunbury Police and Community Youth Centre.  This event is organised to give the most disadvantaged children of our area a wonderful day to remember with one of the world’s best performers astounding the kids with acrobatics, clowning, juggling, death-defying stunts and lots of comedy!

Secondly, Circus Quirkus raises valuable funds for PCYC with proceeds assisting Bunbury PCYC to continue local programs targeting youth-at-risk, designed to reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour.

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

South West Personnel staff rallied together again this year to raise much needed funds for the Cancer Council by holding their 'Australia's Biggest Morning Tea' on the 21st May 2015.

A fantastic spread of food was made by staff with an amount of $255.00 being raised.  Well done Amy Morgan, our amazing receptionist, who pulled it all together!

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea is a chance for Australians to get together and raise money for a great cause.  Money raised is used to fund vital cancer research and support services for those affected by cancer.

If you would like to hold you own morning tea fundraiser you can get more information at:

www.biggestmorningtea.com.au

 

Quiz Night to Support Water Aid

Thursday 26th February saw South West Personnel’s best and brightest minds battle it out at a Quiz Night organised by the Bunbury Water Corporation - a fundraiser for international charity Water Aid.

Paul Osborn, South West Personnel's  OSH Coordinator, was the unofficial Most Valuable Player on the SWP table, earning a few “How the heck do you know that?” glances from the rest of us, and his paper plane creation very nearly earning us some points in a bonus round.

Sadly we didn’t come away with the win, but funds were raised for a very worthy cause. Water Aid assists communities in 26 countries, helping them access safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene practices. The projects implemented by Water Aid are designed so that the communities are eventually non-reliant on continual charity support, enabling them to be self sufficient with a higher quality of life and at less threat of preventable disease.

 

Images courtesy of www.wateraid.org/au

  • Quiz Night to Support Water Aid
  • Quiz Night to Support Water Aid
Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon

Jim smashes 4 hour mark in Tokyo

On 22 February 2015, in beautiful Tokyo, Japan, SWP’s marathon man Jim Medew achieved two important personal goals: to complete the event in the top one third of all race finishers, and to achieve a sub four-hour time.

Coming home in just 3 hours and 57 minutes, not even the cool 5 degree temperature could dampen Jim’s spirit, as he joined 36,000 runners from all over the world to compete in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.  As one of 175 Aussies who competed at this year’s event, Jim said “there was a strong men’s field this year and it was a privilege to compete in such a well organised event … and the people of Tokyo were amazing!”

And while he went to Japan simply to compete, Jim didn’t expect to fall in love with Tokyo as much as he did, saying “the food was outstanding, the train system was phenomenal, and the effort that goes into recycling in this wonderful country is something we could all learn from – we certainly left our hearts in Tokyo.”

Competing in the Tokyo Marathon means that Jim has now ticked another box in his ‘6 before 60’ campaign.  “First New York, then Tokyo … and next up is Chicago.”  With Jim’s daughter about to relocate to Toronto for her studies this will provide the perfect opportunity for Jim to combine his passion for running with the pleasure of spending time with his family.

We wish you the best of luck for the year ahead Jim!

  • Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon
  • Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon
  • Jim Medew - Tokyo Marathon

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