Last financial year, 1,831 volunteers contributed a total of 72,183 hours across all areas of our work. A vast portion of these hours was contributed by our dedicated corporate partners.
In November, 24 members of the Synergy Commercial Team visited Crawford Lodge in Nedlands to undertake a range of maintenance work around the grounds.
Across 72 hours, the team worked tirelessly to install a vegie patch, mulch, prune and weed the gardens, dust and oil outdoor furniture, and wash the cars of guests staying at our Lodge.
It is with the support of corporate partners like Synergy that we are able to maintain the grounds and gardens at our Lodges for the ultimate benefit of the country patients that stay there.
Our Volunteer Development Manager, Jennie Loveridge, thanked Synergy for their contribution and reinforced the integral role that our corporate partners play in our overall volunteer engagement program.
"Corporate volunteers are an important part of our volunteer engagement program and we are very grateful for the wonderful work that they do, especially on larger projects such as maintaining and enhancing the grounds and gardens at our Accommodation Lodges.
"This type of volunteer support helps create an attractive environment for guests and, without corporate volunteering teams, Cancer Council WA would find it challenging to provide and maintain such welcoming surroundings.
"Our heartfelt thanks to the Synergy team for their recent dedicated effort at Crawford Lodge," said Jennie.
Volunteering is not the only way Synergy contributes to our organisation. In 2017, it was announced that Cancer Council WA would be a major beneficiary of their Workplace Giving Program - Synergy Spirit.
The Synergy Spirit program allows Synergy employees to make pre-tax donations throughout the year to support our work and brighten the lives of WA cancer patients and their families.
Since it's launch in April 2017, Synergy staff have donated over $2,000 to us. The organisation generously matches each employee's donation dollar-for-dollar, doubling the impact of the program.
Ryan Stewart, President of Synergy Spirit, is dedicated to raising awareness about Workplace Giving among staff, ensuring that every dollar raised really does make a difference.
"Our chosen charities are selected by a companywide vote and the committee was very excited to announce that the Cancer Council WA would be a major beneficiary," said Ryan.
"Synergy supports our committee and our charities by matching the donations made by staff."
Synergy Workplace Giving has helped support our Financial Hardship program which provides relief to cancer patients and their families experiencing hardship as a result of their cancer diagnosis.