The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-18T02:10:38Z SHITBOX RALLY ANNOUNCES 2018 ROUTE DATES 2017-07-18T02:10:38Z shitbox-rally-announces-2018-route-dates Shitbox Rally 2018 will be ‘chasing the sun’ as teams drive from sunny Brisbane on 19 May to reach Darwin in the top end on 25 May. Every year, dedicated ‘Shitboxes’ look forward to the announcement of the route dates to enable them to officially register and begin planning their important fundraising.  Shitbox Rally is the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally and during the recent 2017 rally, smashed its own fundraising record by raising $1.67 million. This brings Box Rallies’ fundraising to $11.9 million since the first Shitbox Rally in 2010. Founder James Freeman said registrations were now open on www.shitboxrally.com.au and he looked forward to sharing another rally experience, driving Australia’s outback roads. “The fundraising result for Shitbox Rally 2017 was outstanding and we’re extremely grateful to the teams who took part – and continue to take part over many years,” James said.  “The energy and commitment of the teams is just amazing. All around Australia, they fundraise through quiz nights, raffles, sausage sizzles, bake sales, finding local sponsors, getting onto the airwaves and so much more. Each team is required to raise at least $4000 to be on the rally, but so many teams go further than that. “The rally itself is a reward for that fundraising effort. Together, we travel in smaller buddy groups in our Shitboxes, which come in all kinds of condition but must be worth less than $1,000. Many vehicles break down en route but that’s all part of the fun. Some cars don’t make it, but we never leave anybody behind.  “Each night, we camp in regional or remote areas, meeting the locals and putting money into that community. It’s very much a travelling festival, in these crazy cars, and a chance to see Australia’s beautiful countryside.” Shitbox Rally is a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Images for download: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets Media contact: Michelle Prak 0409 964 331 michelle@prakky.com.au Breakthrough Study on Not-for-Profit Workforce launched to reveal insights and opportunities for NFP organisations and workers 2017-07-17T21:05:32Z breakthrough-study-on-not-for-profit-workforce-launched-to-reveal-insights-and-opportunities-for-nfp-organisations-and-workers The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest on and for NFP organisations, employees and volunteers, was launched today. It supports the sector and helps our communities by informing: > NFP Practice: for enhanced leadership, capabilities and impact of NFP organisations, > NFP Policy: for increased efficiency and sustainability of the NFP sector, and > NFP Funding: for better investments in and conversion of NFP capacity building. The national study is using state-of-the-art cloud technology to provide free, science-driven workforce analytics to all participating organisations and respondents, something never seen before in the sector. “The Workforce Study addresses staff development, well-being, engagement, and productivity. It also charts the needs for developing critical knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the NFP sector.” said study leader Dr Ramon Wenzel, from the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. With 1 million staff employed in the NFP sector and an additional 5 million volunteers across Australia, their health, engagement, and continuous learning are key for NFP organisations to survive and thrive. Paul Murnane, Executive Chair of the Australian Scholarships Foundation, said that “NFP organisations spent more than half of their expenses on staff, meaning employees and volunteers are simply irreplaceable. Investing in the sector’s people is the single biggest opportunity for greater impact“. NFP organisations are under increasing pressure to deliver more, innovate, adapt and compete. The new study follows on from the pioneering research on the Social Return on Education Training that has shown that NFP organisations that focus on and develop their staff, do better. Now it is about the How to do it. “Every day, all Australians benefit from the essential work of the NFP sector, but there is a distinct lack of attention and resources directed to these employees and volunteers. The study will bring more scientific rigour and practical evidence to the management of NFP organisations and people.” said Dr Wenzel. All findings will be freely shared with the sector. No invitation is needed. Go to learningforpurpose.org/study Participating NFP organisations will receive their own free Workforce Analytics Dashboard: at-a-glance reporting to understand staff learning, engagement, well-being, and more than 30 key metrics that matter for people, performance, and purpose. NFP organisations can invite all their employees and volunteers to get immediate insights and compare their relative position to NFP sector benchmarks. Participating NFP employees and volunteers will obtain a free Personal Analytics Report with insights and suggestions on their job satisfaction, work autonomy, professional development, well-being, and more. Wenzel said “Measurement is key to inform practice, policy, and funding so that NFP work can translate to bigger impact. We built the infrastructure and dramatically lowered the cost, the analytics are free.“ Dr Ramon Wenzel, Study Lead, Univ. Western Australia, ramon.wenzel@uwa.edu.au, +61 421 165 801 Paul Murnane, Australian Scholarships Foundation, paul.murnane@scholarships.org.au, +61 414 447 488 The national study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, and supported by the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. To learn more, complete the survey, and invite staff, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/study To understand and see the Workforce Analytics, go to www.learningforpurpose.org/analytics Explainer Video (2min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ib82m5_MA8 Inquiries research@learningforpurpose.org | (08) 6488 5353 Media Kit: Illustrations, Photo, Bio, Logos, Content www.learningforpurpose.org/research/not-for-profit-workforce-study/media Learning for Purpose | An initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia Learning for Purpose is an independent, non-partisan, national initiative to research and realise capability development in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector. We seek to systematically understand and improve the means through which individuals and organisations gain and sustain the knowledge, skills, and abilities for a better world. The initiative is led by the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia Business School in collaboration with the Not-for-Profit sector, social enterprises, universities, government partners, industry and philanthropists. We have a vision for a thriving Not-for-Profit sector that attracts, develops, retains and motivates the best talent to achieve great things. www.learningforpurpose.org/about Twitter @LearnForPurpose Facebook LearningForPurpose LinkedIn learning-for-purpose Youtube channel/UCcQyNB2_SLszKitZEM8Z1qQ Partners of the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study The Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study is realised by Learning for Purpose, an initiative by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University; and through the support of the Australian Research Council, EY, Australian Scholarships Foundation, and Australian Executor Trustees. This is not a commercial survey; all data is confidential, used for research only, and will not be shared or sold. UWA Human Research Ethics Approval (RA/4/1/8885). The life-changing benefits that have been achieved by a $10 bottle of scotch and a great deal of generosity 2017-07-17T00:35:31Z the-life-changing-benefits-that-have-been-achieved-by-a-10-bottle-of-scotch-and-a-great-deal-of-generosity When Seeley International founder and Executive Chairman, Frank Seeley AM FAICD, was given an inexpensive bottle of ‘Braemar’ scotch by a dealer for a laugh back in 2001, he never could have imagined that it would become one of the cornerstones of the Company's charitable imperatives to change the lives of hundreds of children. In every year that has followed, that same unopened bottle of scotch – which shares the same name as the award-winning Braemar air conditioning ranges – is auctioned at the Gala Dinner as part of Seeley International’s VIP Conference, with delegates never holding back when it comes to lively and generous bidding for a worthy cause. Frank said proceeds enable distribution of funds to a designated children’s charity near, or in, the host country of the international conference as well as a worthy Australian-based cause. “I remember having a good chuckle when I first became aware of this particular $10 bottle of Braemar scotch, but it got me thinking that it created an opportunity to achieve a much higher purpose, and it was used as the prize at an auction, raising about $2,500 that year, which we matched dollar for dollar from our charitable fund,” Frank says. “The winning bidder re-gifted the unopened bottle at the conference the following year, and we doubled the amount raised. In the many years that have followed, that bottle has become part of Seeley International’s folklore and has, with the amount raised this year, now generated more than $2m for children,” he says. “The OM Indonesia Project is working to break the cycle of begging by local children by offering them education opportunities, which brings learning to them through its “Street School” project. Our efforts will fund that worthy project, as well as the Smart School project, which provides after-school learning for about 70 children in the S-tribe – one of the largest unreached tribes left in the world,” Frank says. “And the third OM Indonesia Project to be supported is achieving some amazing results in partnership with local NGO, Geresa, through the Merdeka Outreach Project in Bali, which provides a rehabilitation centre for young offenders, as well as women and girls rescued from the sex industry.” In keeping with tradition, the Everglades Fund created by Frank and wife Kathy will match the dealer donations dollar for dollar, with this year’s other recipient again being Variety - The Children’s Charity.  The donation will help provide individuals and organisations with access to a range of special needs equipment, including wheelchairs, vocal output speech devices, prosthetic limbs, play equipment, Liberty Swings and Sunshine Coaches. About Seeley International Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning manufacturer and is market leader in the design and manufacture of ducted and portable heating and cooling products for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets in Australia. Renowned for its innovation, Seeley International’s brands include Breezair, Braemar, Climate Wizard, Convair, Coolair, Braemar, AIRA and Coolerado. Based in Adelaide’s south - and with factories in Adelaide (evaporative coolers) and Albury (gas heaters, refrigerated and commercial cooling) - the company was founded in 1972 by Frank Seeley AM, who remains Executive Chairman. Unlike many of its competitors, Seeley International continues to design and manufacture most of the components for its Australian made products, which it exports to more than 120 countries around the world. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com Major partnership between Crime Stoppers SA and Police Credit Union supports better communities 2017-07-12T08:21:27Z major-partnership-between-crime-stoppers-sa-and-police-credit-union-supports-better-communities A safer South Australia is expected to be achieved thanks to a major funding partnership announced between Crime Stoppers South Australia and Police Credit Union. Crime Stoppers SA Chair, Ms Sharon Hanlon, said the 3-year agreement would provide much-needed funding to conduct a range of crime-fighting, awareness and prevention campaigns across the metropolitan and regional areas. “As an independent charity, Crime Stoppers relies on support from governments, businesses and individuals to achieve our remarkable results. This funding allows us to offer rewards, conduct annual crime prevention campaigns, and help collect information that solves outstanding crimes – and we are extremely excited to join forces with Police Credit Union,” Ms Hanlon said. “There are countless examples of where one call, one report, or one piece of information has made a huge difference. Our results are among the nation’s best, with one apprehension made for every seven actions taken, and an average of 25 crimes solved each and every week as a direct result of information provided to Crime Stoppers,” she said. “Crime Stoppers only aligns with like-minded organisations that share our values underpinned by trust and integrity, and we are pleased to welcome Police Credit Union. We continue to appreciate our other long-term partnerships with SA Police and Channel 9 as our major media partner, and we remain very grateful for the enormous amount of support that the program has, and continues to, receive.” Police Credit Union Chairman, Mr Alex Zimmermann, said this exciting major partnership announcement strengthens the organisation’s connection within the South Australian community, and reinforces its long-held heritage with SA Police. “Supporting the South Australian community is nothing new to our organisation. Over the last 10 years, Police Credit Union has invested more than $3.22 million in fulfilling our corporate social responsibility objectives, We are extremely proud of our important SA Police heritage since our formation in 1970, which has enabled our member-based organisation to offer highly competitive and innovative banking services to all South Australians. The close connection that Crime Stoppers has with SA Police allows us to extend that support by helping to engage the community and encouraging people to provide information that solves – and can at times prevent – crimes,” Mr Zimmermann said. “We want to play a part in supporting better communities by actively contributing to the educational and important safety messages delivered through Crime Stoppers,” he said. More about Crime Stoppers SA can be found at https://crimestopperssa.com.au   More about Police Credit Union can be found at www.policecu.com.au Police Credit Union Formed in 1970, Police Credit Union is proudly South Australian based and headquartered. Today it boasts assets exceeding $950 million and delivers better banking services to over 40000 customers.  Supporting better communities represents an intrinsic pillar of the organisation’s corporate strategy.  Its strong sense of corporate social responsibility spans initiatives both large and small, including, a long-standing partnership with the Police Association of South Australia, a foundation sponsor of SA Police Ride Like Crazy and a 21-year commitment in bringing the Credit Union Christmas Pageant to the streets of Adelaide, representing but a few examples of the organisation’s community investment. Police Credit Union has helped thousands of South Australians achieve their financial goals and dreams with competitive and high value Better Banking products and services. The multi award-winning, values-driven, Member-owned organisation boasts a market leading customer satisfaction rating of 92%, 24-7 Internet, Mobile and Phone banking and branches across SA and NT. About Crime Stoppers SA Crime Stoppers began in South Australia in 1996 and since then has played a critical role in encouraging people to come forward with information that helps to solve crimes, and educate on topics such as property and personal safety, vehicle theft, and cyber safety. The program encourages people to be alert and engaged participants in their community and provides a secure way for information about illegal activity and unsolved crimes to be reported to police through a toll-free hotline and a website that guarantees anonymity with the option of a reward. Crime Stoppers SA works with police, the media and the public to solve, reduce and prevent crime. A Conscious Partnership For Ethical Procurement 2017-06-25T05:32:07Z a-conscious-partnership-for-ethical-procurement Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand (CCANZ) and Corporate Spend (CS) are delighted to announce a partnership for ethical procurement. Corporate Spend is a social enterprise connecting businesses with Australia’s foremost vetted ethical suppliers across ten categories. In turn, these suppliers agree to direct a percentage of revenue from your company’s purchases to the Corporate Spend fund. Corporate Spend will distribute 51% of the REVENUE generated from CCA Members ethical procurement to Conscious Capitalism Australia. This empowers Conscious Capitalism Australia to carry out core operational activities, service members and grow public awareness. As a social enterprise, the Corporate Spend fund distributes a minimum of 80% of its profits to charities with Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status. When you buy from Corporate Spend ethical suppliers, you change the world for good. Workplace spend can be a dynamic force for positive social change and environmental impact. We invite corporates, SME’s and education institutions to harness your workplace spend for social good. THREE EASY STEPS 1. Complete a 15 Minute Ethical Spending Review and receive a FREE ethical hamper pack including Yoobi Stationery and Who Gives A Crap toilet paper.2. Select which spending categories you would like to focus on.3. Switch to Corporate Spend Accredited Ethical Suppliers. THE IMPACT Corporate Spend connects the regular expenditure of businesses and schools like yours –– with high quality vetted ethical suppliers of goods and services.  In turn, these suppliers –agree to direct a percentage of revenue from your company’s purchases to the Corporate Spend fund. 99% of GDP is made up of everyday spending goods and services by business and consumers. If businesses could support charity through its daily expenditure, their ability to create positive outcomes would be amplified. CONTACT DETAILSCorporate Spend: Justin Pagotto, Chief Ethical Officer | 02 9344 7257 / 0428 389 392 | justin@corporatespend.com.au Conscious Capitalism Australia & New Zealand: Victoria Plaksin, Partnerships Director. 0416 877 994 | victoria@trustednegotiator.com Nominate a deserving AusMumpreneur and show your support for Australian mums in business 2017-06-22T02:00:12Z nominate-a-deserving-ausmumpreneur-and-show-your-support-for-australian-mums-in-business The AusMumpreneur Conference and AusMumpreneur Awards are all about supporting Australian mums in business. This event provides a unique opportunity for women from all over Australia to come together to gain new skills, promote their business, connect with fellow mums in business, learn from leading business experts and celebrate the success of the best and brightest in the industry. Proudly presented by AusMumpreneur and The Women’s Business School, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian mumpreneur industry. The categories that will be judged are: AusMumpreneur of the Year Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year Emerging AusMumpreneur of the Year Regional Business Award Product Innovation Award Digital Innovation Award Sustainability Award Business Excellence Award AusMumpreneur Network Excellence Award Women’s Business School Excellence Award Global Brand Award Big Idea Award Making A Difference Award Retail Business Award Service Business Award Handmade Business Award The People's Choice Awards: Influencer Award Customer Service Award Making a Difference Award (Business) Making a Difference Award (Non-profit) Business owners or those who wish to nominate a mumpreneur, can go to: https://www.ausmumpreneur.com/ausmumpreneur-awards/ Nominations close on Friday the 30th of June 2017. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com 0481 369 484 SHITBOX BREAKS FUNDRAISING RECORD 2017-06-05T05:22:32Z shitbox-breaks-fundraising-record The rally began in Adelaide on Saturday 29 May and covered a 3,800km route to reach Cairns on Friday 2 June. The annual event raised $1.64 million for cancer research, its best result ever. As more donations come in, that tally will climb even further.  Founder James Freeman said the amount included $36,500 raised by an auction and buy-back of the colourful vehicles in Cairns.  He also announced the 2018 Shitbox route will be Brisbane to Darwin.  “The rally teams’ fundraising effort this year is an extraordinary achievement and something we can be immensely proud of,” James said. 214 shitboxes embarked on the journey but 20 cars did not make it. In most cases, broken-down shitboxes are repaired by teams en route, but if that proves too difficult, volunteer support crew are on hand to revive the vehicles and help them re-join the rally. It was one of those support crew members, Alex Hallowell, who today proposed to girlfriend Alicia Jeffree in front of hundreds of celebrating rally members.  Shitbox Rally is one of Australia’s most successful charity car rallies and this eighth rally adds to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. James thanked rally sponsors Bingle, Rally School, Manheim, Move Yourself and Atomix, as well as the Outback communities who warmly hosted the rally along the route.  “This year’s rally included our most-ever number of unsealed roads and also took us to some incredibly beautiful, more isolated locations in Australia. We camped in Roxby Downs, Oodnadatta Alice Springs, Tobermorey Station, Burke and Wills Roadhouse, and Einasleigh. In every stop, the locals made us feel very welcome and in fact some even donated back to the cause.” Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across some of Australia’s toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. It has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. To find out more about the rally including registering to take part, please see www.shitboxrally.com.au XTM’s Heat the Homeless 2017: Australians’ wasted jackets could change lives this winter 2017-05-31T03:08:24Z xtm-s-heat-the-homeless-2017-australians-wasted-jackets-could-change-lives-this-winter • More than 105,000 men, women and children will be sleeping rough around Australia this winter • Australian snow and outdoor label XTM wants to get 10,000 second-hand jackets into the hands of homeless people in 2017 • XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative saw 2,500 pre-loved jackets handed out to homeless people in 2016 Wednesday 31 May 2017, MELBOURNE: As temperatures drop, on one end of the spectrum winter sport enthusiasts are getting ready to upgrade their gear ready for next season. On the other, men, women and children face chilling winter nights without shelter, and the next few months will see many lives lost or threatened by the freezing nights. This chilling dichotomy of excitement and adventure, and terrible struggles troubled Pete Forras and his team at leading Australian snow and outdoor brand XTM Performance, so they came up with the idea to re-home second hand winter jackets that could bring some warmth to those that need it the most this winter. “If you are living on the streets, a jacket that might be sitting at the back of someone’s closet can make it a little more bearable out there, especially on those really cold and wet nights,” XTM Performance founder and CEO Forras said. "At XTM, we get to work with these innovative technologies and materials to make really cool, highly technical clothes that people want to get their hands on the newest and best of every season, which is great. However the flip side is lots of clothes are being retired early when they still have plenty of life left in them to do what they are essentially made for - warming bodies through winters. We want people to give their old jackets a second chance – get them to the collection sites and on the backs of our friends on the streets as soon as we can,” Forras said. This winter, the socially-conscious label will partner with their retailers and a group of organisations in the hope of collecting 10,000 second-hand winter jackets from around Australia; adding new partners Anaconda who have collection points at all their stores nationally, and bringing back 2016 charity partners Anonymous X and Hutt St Centre who will be getting the jackets to the people who need it most. “Winter really puts a spotlight on the divide between those who have all the luxuries and those who are in need. We have the ability to redistribute and reconnect between these social extremes. We are hoping to get people pulling out their old winter jackets and bringing them into our retail partners’ stores where they can make a little difference to people’s lives,” Forras said. An idea that was initially thrown around in a staff meeting, the Torquay beach based company launched its national XTM Heat the Homeless initiative for the first time in 2016. “It just made sense to us - we thought, ‘there are so many high quality jackets now, some only getting a few weeks of wear before being replaced. It would be great to get more life out of these products we are making and get a few hundred of those out to people who could use a warm jacket this winter’.” explains Forras. Also on this list of legends working together to redistribute some of the wealth and warmth of the snow and fashion industry and share it with the homeless, Humans in Melbourne and Melbourne I Love You founder Chris Cincotta has played a big part in making sure that as many Australians reconsider binning their old jackets this year, getting the word out via his huge social following. After a post on Cincotta’s Humans In Melbourne page, two days and ten thousand likes in, the 2016 target had been smashed with collection points inundated with hundreds of donated jackets. By the end of winter, more than 2,500 jackets were handed out to men, women and children sleeping rough on Australian streets. In 2017, they hope to get four times as many second hand jackets out warming bodies on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228 or visit XTM’s Heat the Homeless page for more distribution sites and information. - ENDS - For media enquiries, please contact: Emma Hornsey | PR Manager, XTM Performance | E emma@xtm.com.au | M 0415 842 801 About XTM’s Heat the Homeless We’ve all got some old ski and snowboard jackets in our closets - the goal of the team at XTM Performance is to get them out of there and give them a second chance. Every year, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative hopes to collect as many of these warm, technical jackets as possible and get them to people where they can make a difference to the lives of our friends living on the streets. Since its launch in 2016, XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative has focussed on redistributing some of the luxuries of the winter clothing industry and giving back to the men, women and children who have no alternate but to spend their nights sleeping rough on Australian streets. To donate to XTM’s Heat the Homeless initiative, you can either send your jacket to the XTM Performance team directly at PO Box 422, Torquay VIC 3228, or visit www.xtm.com.au/heat-the-homeless for more distribution sites and information. Pete Forras – Bio Peter Forras is living every business owner’s dream – running his successful international retailing business from Torquay, a renowned surf spot on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. After representing Australia as a professional skier, Pete wanted to start a business based on his love of snow sports. With two friends, Gary Rae and Bill Dalton, he came up with the idea of creating a brand specialising in ski apparel and accessories, which launched in 1999. Beyond his passion for his family, lifestyle and the winter and outdoor sports that he has built his business around, Pete is also a strong advocate on the impact of climate change, the social responsibilities of his company and the industry it operates in, fostering Australia’s upcoming winter sports talent, and the importance of creating a company culture that embraces balance. About XTM Performance XTM, an abbreviation for the term ‘cross the mountain’ or ‘X-The Mountain’, has carved out a niche supplying accessories and skiwear internationally. Returning as Olympic partner for the fourth time in 2018, XTM Performance’s is a brand that caters for all types of adventurers. Lessons learned from working with the most talented athletes on the planet are showcased throughout the entire XTM range. Working with the world’s most advanced materials and technologies, XTM Performance manufactures more than half a million units each year, which are sold in 24 countries. As one of Australia’s leading outdoor and snow brands, XTM will forever endeavour to work with the most advanced materials and technologies in the world to continually create products of gold medal quality - all from their Torquay beach shack. Wavelength International listed in the Best SMEs to Work Asia 2017 2017-05-30T05:21:58Z wavelength-international-listed-in-the-best-smes-to-work-asia-2017 Wavelength International has made the prestigious Best Places to Work Asia 2017, one of only 3 Australian businesses to make the top 10 of the small and medium workplaces list. The Best Places to Work Australia Study is one of the world’s most comprehensive independent studies of workplace culture by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work – More than 1,400 companies participated in national list studies in the 9 Asia-region countries where Great Place to Work® is represented. Wavelength shot into the top 10 this year, placing 9th in the top 25 Best Places to Work (20-500) employees. It is an impressive achievement, especially in an industry renowned for its high pressure work environments and high staff turnover. “It just goes to show you can be a successful high performance business by embracing a generous and supportive culture,” says Chris Riley, Wavelength’s CEO. “Just by walking through the door, you immediately sense Wavelength is a happy, motivated and engaged place to work. In my experience in this industry our workplace culture is quite unique: everyone cares passionately about the business and working collaboratively as a team." With over 75 employees, Wavelength is Australia’s largest and most successful medical recruitment agency. The company offers a range of employee benefits including: Flexible and family friendly working hours, Free breakfast Fitness classes A creative, casual and fun working environment i Monetary incentives linked with productivity and performance against key goals. Additional information Specific highlights that have made Wavelength a great place to work include: · A generous remuneration and commission scheme renowned for being extremely market competitive. Wavelength is also committed to making salary packages consistent and fair across the organisation. Employees in all roles are recognised and rewarded for outstanding performance. Individual goals created for all employees quarterly which are part of their performance criteria. Managers regularly meet with team members to provide feedback and coach them to be even better in their role. An internal mentoring program which enable employees to discover and develop their talents. · A real commitment to work life balance with a broad range of flexible full-time, part-time and job share work patterns in place. Employees can work flexibly between 7am and 7pm and have the opportunity to work from home one day a week. Wavelength also offers an additional five days of annual leave once an employee has completed four years’ continuous employment. A generous paid parental leave program and flexibility when it comes to extended leave for weddings and overseas trips. · Inspiring values of excellence, ingenuity, integrity and heart incorporated into all business processes, policies and communications. · A bright, fresh, modern and open workspace to encourage a positive working environment and work life balance. There are showers, great training facilities and plenty of room for regular health and fitness sessions. Breakfast, drinks and healthy snacks are all provided daily for all employees. · A love for celebrations – birthdays, anniversaries, individual and company achievements. · An internal social networking platform to foster a modern culture of openness and transparency. · Quarterly employee briefings to share information, business goals, successes, challenges and new initiatives. A commitment to the health sector both in Australia and overseas. Wavelength actively donates and fundraises for the Fred Hollows Foundation and Médecins Sans Frontières. The company also sponsors indigenous medical students and encourages employees to participate in other charitable events throughout the year. ### About Wavelength International Wavelength International
is Australia’s largest medical recruitment company, offering local and international candidate resourcing, medical registration and immigration services for medical professionals and healthcare employers. Based in Sydney, we work with over 300 hospitals, clinics and general practices across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. About Great Place to Work Inc Great Place to Work Inc, is a global research and consulting firm specialising in workplace excellence and development of high-trust and high-engagement workplace cultures. Our proprietary research tool, the Trust Index Employee Engagement Survey, is taken annually by over 10 million employees worldwide. Leading companies worldwide use our model to increase the levels of trust across their organisations and drive business results. For further information, please contact: Deanna Daly Marketing Executive, Wavelength International Tel: 02 8353 9032 Email: ddaly@wave.com.au www.wave.com.au www.wavies.com.au Aboriginal Housing Company announces the launch of “Leading the Way” Fund 2017-05-25T04:45:00Z aboriginal-housing-company-announces-the-launch-of-leading-the-way-fund The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is proud to announce the launch of their new initiative “Leading the Way” on June 10th 2017. The initiative will have a primary focus on education, apprenticeships and employment for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community driven by the Aboriginal Housing Company’s ambition to create a positive and sustainable future for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The AHC is focused on implementing a strong skills base for community members and providing guidance to the right outlets for success. “Leading the Way” will assist in further development of employment and education strategies within the Indigenous community including: educational scholarships, employment, trade and apprenticeship opportunities and accommodation for students at Pemulwuy. The new student accommodation will offer students a conducive environment to complete their studies. Speaking of the initiative, AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila, highlights the importance of an increased focus on educational and employment opportunities. “We are seeing a steady increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gaining vocational qualifications and degrees, but there still needs to be greater options available to them when they leave school. “Leading the Way” will have pathways in place for people to either gain employment, an apprenticeship, or higher education,” said Mrs Tutulia. “The “Leading the Way” fund is committed to community development and integration through education and employment. We are building a network of positive and innovative business partnerships that will promote leadership and drive change within our communities,” Mrs Tutulia concluded. “Leading the Way” will provide assistance in the following areas: Tertiary education Trades and apprenticeships Employment To launch the fund of “Leading the Way” the AHC will host a Cultural Race Day at the Australian Turf Club’s Royal Randwick, on Saturday 10th June 2017. The event will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, arts and business innovations to celebrate the cultural diversity of Sydney. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities from Gold Race Sponsorship to corporate tables. For more information on these sponsorship opportunities please contact Ben Hansberry ben@boabtreewines.com.au -ENDS- For further information please contact: Cathy Yao | cyao@heardagency.com D +61 02 8279 7860 Lucy Jones, Senior Account Manager | ljones@heardagency.com About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. About the “Leading the Way” Fund: The “Leading the Way” fund established by the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) in 2017 – launch date 10th June 2017. The fund offers multiple levels of assistance to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people through encouraging, enhancing and developing further education and training opportunities. The fund will provide grants to students for accommodation, scholarship and foundational studies to guide Indigenous people towards their chosen career pathways. 200 SHITBOXES DEPART ADELAIDE EN ROUTE TO CAIRNS 2017-05-23T00:54:09Z 200-shitboxes-depart-adelaide-en-route-to-cairns Shitbox Rally, now in its eighth year, is on track to raise $1.5 million – adding to the remarkable $7.52 million it has raised since 2010. The brainchild of SA man James Freeman, the rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. James founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with founder James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes and sizes Dressed-up team members Available:       James Freeman, founder Shitbox Rally                         Team members     Background Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research.  This colourful event attracts a loyal following of ‘Shitboxers’  – some of whom have completed the rally every year since its inception. They are brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends. It’s a chance to meet like-minded people and see Australia’s vast and beautiful country via its red dirt roads, hills and creek beds, ending each day at sports ovals and race courses and more, camping under the stars and enjoying rally friendships. To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $4,000. James Freeman has also developed Mystery Box Rally and held two Shitbox Rallies in New Zealand. The rally has become the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, raising more than $10 million for cancer research. The 2017 route and itinerary   2017 marks the eighth Shitbox Rally. It travels a 3,800km, seven-day route from Adelaide to Cairns via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway, from 27 May to 2 June. Stopovers include Roxby Downs and Alice Springs.   Images   Shitbox Rallies has a small dedicated production team on each rally, capturing stills and vision each day. See image galleries here https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Social media footage can be seen on the official Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/pg/shitboxrally/videos/   Shitboxes driving to a fundraising record 2017-05-18T23:12:17Z shitboxes-driving-to-a-fundraising-record The annual Shitbox Rally is already the largest independent fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, and has raised $1.3 million so far this year. “There are some serious dollars being raised and I am excited to see if by the end of the rally we break our fundraising records and get over the $1.54 million mark,” founder James Freeman said. “The rally teams are putting in an incredible effort to raise money for cancer research, with the top fundraiser – Tasmania’s Team 42 Degrees South Baby – sitting at an amazing $24,000. It’s inspiring and we couldn’t be more grateful.” The rally departs Adelaide on Saturday 27 May, driving via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway to reach Cairns by 2 June. It’s not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other. Details of the Adelaide departure:   When:             Saturday 27 May                         8.15am interview available with James Freeman 9.00am cars begin departing in team groupings Where:            Torrens Parade Ground                         Victoria Drive, Adelaide What:              Colourful cars of all shapes, sizes and themes Dressed-up team members     Fundraising achievement: ·         Shitbox Rally has raised $7.52 million since 2010 and is on track to raise $1.5 million this year. ·         The “baby brother” event, Mystery Box, has raised $1.94 million since 2013 and is on track to raise $825k this year. ·         Shitbox Rally NZ has raised $829k over two years.     Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/shitboxrally/sets   Parents are urged to prevent kids from overheating. 2017-01-12T05:15:48Z parents-are-urged-to-prevent-kids-from-overheating According to NSW Health’s website: “Hot weather can affect your baby or child because their bodies cannot adjust to changes in temperature as well as adults. Babies and children sweat less, reducing their bodies’ ability to cool down, and they generate more heat during exercise than adults. They are at risk of overheating and developing a heat-related illness. Heat can also make existing illnesses worse”. NSW Health's website recommends that parents should: Check that your child is drinking enough fluids. ·Make sure your child is dressed in cool clothes, wears a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen Never leave babies, children or pets alone in a car, not even for a moment. Babies and children can overheat very quickly in cars. The temperature inside a parked car can be 30-40°C hotter than outside the car. Never cover a baby capsule in the car with a rug or towel as this will restrict air moving around the baby, making them hotter. An enclosed pram can get very hot; try to ensure that the air circulates around your baby by removing the back panel (if possible) or placing them in more open strollers. Emma Lovell, founder and Director of CoziGo (formerly Fly Babee) and mum of two says: “CoziGo was designed with the Aussie climate in mind. Too many people grab whatever is at hand to cover their stroller without thinking about how safe it is for their baby. CoziGo is 100% breathable but most importantly it's air permeable meaning that air flows freely through the canopy without restriction. The unique dome shape also gives lots of freedom of movement for bubba. These two aspects stop the stroller becoming a hot house - unlike other types of fabric often used to cover prams. It also offers sun protection of 50+.” Emma adds: “So many of us spend lots time researching our strollers and lots of money on the purchase and don't properly research an appropriate sleep and sun cover.” Sun Smart states on their website: “Childhood and adolescence are critical periods during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer in later life. Parents have an important role to ensure their children establish healthy sun protection habits during the early years.” References: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/Pages/babies-children-hot-weather.aspxhttp://www.sunsmart.com.au/communities/parents Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Finally, a solution for January birthdays! No more receiving re-gifted Xmas gifts! 2017-01-05T04:01:54Z finally-a-solution-for-january-birthdays-no-more-receiving-re-gifted-xmas-gifts Over the last ten days, bins around Australia have been full to capacity with rubbish, packaging, gift tags and wrapping paper. Sydney Mums, Julie Tylman and Ali Linz, created Group Together to avoid waste from unwanted gifts, packaging and wrapping paper. Julie Tylman, co-founder of GroupTogether, explains: “Ali and I have seven children combined. We met for coffee one day after a weekend of ferrying kids to and from birthday parties. We were exhausted from the driving, parking, buying, wrapping gifts, drop offs and pick-ups involved in attending kid’s parties. We were also gob-smacked at the amount of money we had spent (7 kids’ x 2 parties’ x $20ish gifts + wrapping & card) only to find out that the birthday kids either already had the gifts, were given multiple copies of the gifts or didn’t love them.” They created GroupTogether, an easy online tool that makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. The business has grown and now has 20 000 users who have organized group gift collections through GroupTogether. One of the most popular types of collections at the end of 2016, was end of year teacher’s gifts. Ali Linz, co-founder GroupTogether, continues: “As well as cutting out the waste, we also felt that there was an opportunity to create a culture of mindful giving. That’s why we made it easy to donate a bit of the group gift to charity so kids can learn the joy of giving back.” Julie Tylman, co-founder, GroupTogether concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T02:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au