M&T Resources is committed to helping people achieve greater success, and has been busy fundraising in order to support the wider communities in which we operate.
Our passionate team shares these values and is always keen to be involved in new ways to live by and act on our purpose in a meaningful way. We have an exciting range of upcoming fundraising initiatives in the pipeline… in the meantime, here are a few insights into what our team has been up to.
Strawberry Sundaes at The Ekka
On Tuesday 9th August, the M&T Brisbane team spent the day giving back to their community by working on the iconic Strawberry Sundae Stand at the Ekka, in aid of The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation. Over the length of the Ekka, the Foundation hopes to sell 130,000 sundaes, using an impressive 10 tonnes of strawberries and 1800 litres of cream sourced from local farmers, as well as 18,000 litres of ice cream supplied by a local business.
There was a massive supply chain in place, that saw the full team involved in everything from prepping the strawberries to making the sundaes, and of course serving the needs of the hungry customers who were waiting patiently in anticipation of their piece of the Ekka. The team was kept on their toes, working hard to deliver the busy lunch rush and afternoon shift. We would estimate that well over a thousand sundaes were made and sold during this time – raising a substantial amount of money for the Foundation!
At the Ekka this year, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation is hoping to raise enough money to support over 4,000 hours of research into tackling heart disease, lung disease, arthritis and dementia – diseases which will affect 4 out of 5 Australians. We are so pleased to have contributed to this fantastic cause.
Celebrating Desk Olympics
Sensing the growing enthusiasm of our multicultural team surrounding the opening of Rio 2016, we took the opportunity to channel this excitement into an event that would act as a fundraising platform to give back to the community, as well as support our Diversity initiative by championing people from all nationalities and backgrounds.
Through a small donation, employees were invited to join our Desk Olympics competition, which took place nationally. Taking the Top 10 leaders from London 2012 out of the mix, our employees selected at random a country ranked 11-100 in the Olympics leaders board – to learn about and celebrate the underdogs!
The team has enthusiastically decorated their desks to creatively showcase their chosen country, including in their decorations a ‘fun fact’ about the nation, in order to encourage their fellow team mates to learn something new. The task was not taken lightly and we have had some fantastic efforts across our different offices. Look out for our announcement of the winners on the 19th August!
Still under discussion, the charity will be selected from a shortlist of worthy national organisations who play a key role in changing the lives of people through sports – a cause that is aligned with our purpose and one we are very keen to support!
Wearing Jeans for Genes
Jeans for Genes is an important annual event in the fundraising calendar of the Children’s Medical Research Institute. On Friday 5th August, M&T Resources and our parent company SMS Management & Technology worked together to raise awareness of and take part in this initiative, donating crucial funds in support of medical research.
Our teams across Australia were encouraged to sweep the cobwebs off their favourite pair of jeans, and wear them to work, for a small charity donation. The team approached this with enthusiasm – even those with a designated dress down day already in place were keen to be involved in and support the charity efforts.
Through Jeans for Genes, we are delighted to be contributing almost $800 to this important cause. Every dollar raised on the day helps scientists at the Children’s Medical Research Institute to discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.
Stay tuned for news on our upcoming initiatives!