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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.

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Jim Medew – follow-up New York City Marathon

Jim Medew: NYC Marathon Done & Dusted!

When we last caught up with Jim Medew he was preparing to run the gruelling ING New York City Marathon and on Sunday 3 November 2013, Jim did just that, finishing in 3 hours 56 minutes and 32 seconds.  This result saw Jim finish in the top 1/3 of runners at what was a record-breaking event, with more than 50,700 starters and 50,304 finishers – the largest marathon ever run anywhere in the world.

Jim’s trip started at the Australian Consulate-General’s welcome breakfast for the Australian Indigenous Marathon Project team.  “Rob de Castella gave a 15 minute speech, offering words of encouragement to all the Australian marathon runners and I met and spoke with two of the girls from the team.  All 11 team members finished the race so it was a great result.”

To get to the start of the event Jim had to battle the crowds, intense security and long queues, but it was worth it to hear the American national anthem, a “cannon fire” start followed by Frank Sinatra’s famous song New York New York

He described the atmosphere at the event as electric, “… like an AFL Grand Final Parade.   There were 130 bands playing all along the route – everything from disco to gospel – and it was very inspiring.  I particularly loved running through Brooklyn and Queens, where the residents lined the streets in their thousands and called our names as we ran by.” 

Jim said he spent the first 5km of the race giving spectators high fives but the cold weather became quite torturous towards the end and he was just happy to finish!

Jim raised over AU$3,000 for his charity the Labrecque-LUNGevity Foundation, thanks to the generous support of his SWP colleagues, family and friends.  The total funds raised for this worthy charity exceeded US$58,000.

  • Jim Medew – follow-up New York City Marathon
2013 Perth Color Run

A Very Colourful SWP Social Club Outing!

If you’re a regular reader of South West Personnel’s News you’ll know our staff are a fit and healthy bunch, but the most recent event we were involved in was less about speed and more about enjoying a colour crazy day with friends and family.

The Color Run event is a five kilometre, untimed race in which ‘colour runners’ are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre mark.

On Sunday 3 November four SWP social club members nicknamed ‘Powder to the People’ joined 16,000 other crazy runners and walkers at the 2013 Langley Park event.

Hayley Moore, Amy Morgan, Hannah Sharpe and Rae Beaumont followed the race ‘rules’ by starting the day wearing all white, but they ended it plastered from head to toe in a rainbow of colour!

The Color Run was founded in January 2012 in the USA as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together and in a very short space of time it has grown to more than 170 events in 30+ countries. 

Since its inception The Color Run has donated more than $1 million to charities around the world, including the Celebrate Life Foundation and Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, who were the nominated charities for the Swisse sponsored event in Perth in 2013.   

Congratulations to Hayley, Amy, Hannah and Rae for your efforts, and for the contribution you have made to these worthy charity organisations!

  • 2013 Perth Color Run
  • 2013 Perth Color Run
  • 2013 Perth Color Run
Marilyn Hollins (Maz) Personnel Consultant – 10 year anniversary

Marilyn ‘Maz’ Hollins: Loving Life and Celebrating 10 years at South West Personnel

We recently celebrated Maz’s 10-year anniversary at South West Personnel (SWP), so to commemorate this happy occasion we sat down with Maz to ask a few questions about her work at South West Personnel. 

In 2003 an employment opportunity presented itself at SWP, which Maz knew to be a good local organisation and one where she knew some of the staff, so she applied and hoped for the best.

10 years later and Maz is loving her life and her role as a Personnel Consultant at SWP.  She particularly enjoys the people she meets, saying “it helps to have the gift of the gab!” 

Perhaps the best thing about working at SWP according to Maz is that “it’s like a family; Esi treats all her staff as an extension of her own family and we all support each other through the highs and lows of life.”

Maz loves the south west lifestyle where “everything is so easy and accessible”.  She enjoys spending time with her two sons and five grandchildren.  She leads an active lifestyle and between gym visits found the time to complete her first Surf to Surf fun run on October 13.

Maz became a member of the 10 year club with a few other elite staff members on 30th September 2013. To celebrate Esi presented her with a travel voucher over a long lunch at local restaurant Casellas. 

Next year Maz is planning a caravanning trip to Tasmania and hopes to stay fit and healthy, so she can see more of our beautiful countryside in future years.

  • Marilyn Hollins (Maz) Personnel Consultant – 10 year anniversary
  • Marilyn Hollins (Maz) Personnel Consultant – 10 year anniversary
  • Marilyn Hollins (Maz) Personnel Consultant – 10 year anniversary
2013 Surf to Surf Fun Run

South West Personnel: Promoting Fitness and Fundraising in the Local Community

On Sunday 13 October 2013 nine South West Personnel and family members joined the largest ever contingent of fitness fanatics to participate in the Hot FM Surf to Surf Fun Run in Bunbury.

With perfect weather for a 10km run, 5km run or 5km walk, SWP staff and families joined a record 1,128 participants, proudly donning our team uniforms with the slightly tweaked motto “SWP - always on the run”.

This was the first time SWP had competed in the event, and  were all very happy to be involved in one of the south west’s largest community events of the year. Supporting this event confirms SWP rich history of supporting community events such as Beach Volleybal, Chefs Long Table Lunch and South Bunbury Junior Football to name a few.

Fun Run Committee Chair Tegan Eldridge praised SWP for their participation, saying “it’s a real achievement for their organisation  to enter such a large team.”

Over $25,000 was raised with all funds going towards the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club and their summer beach safety campaign.

Next year’s event is scheduled for Sunday 19 October and planning has already begun at SWP to field an even larger team.

  • 2013 Surf to Surf Fun Run
Jim Medew – New York City Marathon 2013

Jim Medew : Ready and Raring to Go to 2013 NYC Marathon

On Sunday 3 November 2013 South West Personnel (SWP) Industrial Consultant Jim Medew will compete in his first New York City Marathon.  This is Jim’s second attempt after embarking on the same trip in 2012 for his 50th birthday, only to see the race cancelled due to the devastation wreaked across 24 US states by Hurricane Sandy.

But Jim didn’t let a hurricane slow him down; he’s continued his training and has competed in five marathons in the past 12 months to prepare for a second shot at the event.

The ING New York City Marathon is one of the largest one-day sporting events in the world, with over 47,000 runners, two million spectators and a worldwide television audience of 315 million.  And it takes more than 12,000 volunteers and 60 sponsors and partners to deliver the event each year.

The course will see Jim run a little over 42km from Staten Island to Central Park, through the five boroughs of New York.

Entry into the event is gained either through a lottery system, or by nominating for a New York Road Runner’s charity – and this year Jim is honoured to be representing the Labrecque-LUNGevity Foundation.   Jim’s SWP colleagues, friends and family have donated over $3,000 to support Jim and to raise funds for lung cancer research.

Aside from the race itself, Jim is most excited about meeting former World Marathon Champion Rob de Castella and the Australian Indigenous Marathon Project team at a welcome breakfast with the Australian Consulate-General.  “All the Australian race competitors have been invited to attend and I am looking forward to meeting the team and hearing their stories.”

After the race, Jim is planning time for a quiet beer and a lot of food!  Then it’s back to training in Australia to prepare for his next big event, which is likely to be the Melbourne 2014 Marathon.

Jim is also keen to investigate some of the more obscure marathon events around the world, including the Istanbul Marathon, where the race officially commences in Asia but ends when runners cross the Bosphorous Bridge into Europe.

Camp Quality / Wescarpade 2013

Thanks to Esi Garcia and her team at South West Personnel and Network Recruitment Group for sponsoring the BUNBURY GIRLS IN CAR P76.  We raised $43,925.00 for Camp Quality / Wescarpade 2013.  Wescarpade is the annual fundraising event for Camp Quality. This funding enables them to continue to deliver programs that build resilience and optimism for children living with cancer and their families.  18 Cars, 70 entrants, 15 Support Crew, 2300Klm's travelling from Geraldton to Busselton raised a total of $311,111.80! A lot of laughs were had and a plenty of memories were made...can't wait to do it again….... THANK YOU!

  • Camp Quality / Wescarpade 2013
Salvation Army

Every year, our staff, and South West Personnel as a company, contribute to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Hamper Appeal, which provides donations of toys and food hampers to families in the local community at Christmas time.

Western Australian Institute for Medical Research

South West Personnel is a proud sponsor of ‘Team Iluka’ in the Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer – a major fundraiser for the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research. The epic bike ride, held in October, covers 200 kilometres in two days.  A challenge not for the faint-hearted, but for a great cause!

Bunbury Swimming Club

The home of the best aquatics’ facility outside of Perth, Bunbury Swimming Club hosts the 2012 Bunbury Open Carnival in October, and we are proud to be right behind it as a sponsor of four events.  The Carnival attracts swimmers and their families from right throughout the South West and metropolitan area.

South Bunbury Junior Football Club

South West Personnel has been a major sponsor of the South Bunbury Junior Football Club for more than 13 years. Our support provides much-needed funds to cover the Club’s basic costs like ground levies, umpires’ fees and player functions, plus the important things every footy club needs, like footballs, drink bottles, first-aid kits and trophies.