The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-11-25T02:41:57Z New Australian Consumer Comparison Website 2020-11-25T02:41:57Z new-australian-consumer-comparison-website New Australian Consumer Website to Help You Make Important Choices Making important life decisions such as purchasing your first home or getting health insurance can be quite unnerving. With the myriad of information available on the internet, the amount of companies and sub-companies, advice or no-advice, direct or retail, it’s hard to know where to start. Fortunately, a new Australian consumer comparison website is shaking up the market to assist Australians. “MakesCents.com.au” maintains a comprehensive panel of different brands to help the consumer review his or her options right then and there, online. Better still, MakesCents is completely independent and not owned by the suppliers it recommends to Aussies. MakesCents.com.au and the Services They Offer Makes Cents can help you decide on tough decisions in the following areas: ·      Compare Life Insurance You need to be prepared for life’s uncertainties. A life insurance guarantees that your beneficiaries will be compensated if anything happens to you. Makes Cents enables you to compare 14 insurers at the same time through their platform. They only collaborate with the best and reliable insurance providers. You’ll be able to sleep at night knowing you’re in good hands. ·      Compare Electricity and Gas Do you feel that you’re shelling out too much money on utilities? Are you tired of getting poor customer service? Perhaps it’s already time to look for other options. Gas and electricity suppliers will always want to do business with you, but they don’t always offer the best deal. Since Makes Cents is 100% independent, you’ll be able to review all deals and make an educated decision.  ·      Compare the best prices for Solar Going solar is a great investment for yourself and for the environment. You will be able to save tons of money in the long run, whilst helping the environment heal by reducing your carbon footprint. Makes Cents has partnered with 20+ licensed suppliers to make sure that you get the best set-up that is suitable for your needs. ·      Compare the best Home Loans Are you planning to buy a new home or perhaps refinance your existing loan? Makes Cents will be able to find a great deal for you, depending on the state of your finances for free. You will also be able to know how much you will save if you switch to a new lender. ·      Compare the best prices for Health Insurance Your savings can be depleted immediately if you fail to prepare for health emergencies. With private health insurance, you can seek treatment from a doctor of your choice. You will be assisted in paying the expenses incurred in and out of the hospital as well. With Makes Cents, you can choose an insurance provider that can cater to your specific needs. Understand what makes sense in life with MakesCents.com.au Are you looking forward to trying the services they have to offer? Over 100,000 Aussies consumers have already tried and tested this new consumer website with superb money-saving results.  Visit MakesCents.com.au today, and start making great decisions that benefit you and save you money.   Blackbaud Announces Expanded Relationship with The Salvation Army Australia 2020-11-24T23:31:01Z blackbaud-announces-expanded-relationship-with-the-salvation-army-australia Sydney (25 November, 2020) — Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today announces a major expansion of its support for The Salvation Army Australia. Blackbaud will power the nonprofit’s fundraising and relationship management technology as The Salvation Army Australia continues to provide hope, opportunity and freedom to all Australians.   The Salvation Army Australia is an international Christian movement, united by faith and giving hope where it’s needed most. Across Australia – in cities, country towns and rural communities – The Salvation Army touches every demographic and age group. The nonprofit is involved in national issues, while also bringing hope to people who may be experiencing hardship or injustice. Since its founding in 19th century London, The Salvation Army has expressed its faith in charitable work to provide both spiritual and social support. As one united nonprofit serving all of Australia, The Salvation Army Australia is one of the three largest charities in the nation.   “We couldn’t be more pleased to be expanding our relationship with Blackbaud as our trusted technology provider,” said Janine Kewming, National Head of Fundraising, The Salvation Army Australia. “Blackbaud has a deep understanding of our sector and we greatly value the expertise and sense of partnership they bring. We see Blackbaud as true partners in our mission. They uniquely blend proven technology with a partnership methodology that strongly matches our values. We know that with Blackbaud powering our fundraising and relationship management solutions, we’ll be able to focus more time on our mission – caring for people, creating faith pathways, building healthy communities and working for justice.”   The Salvation Army Australia will implement Blackbaud CRM™ to help build stronger and more productive constituent relationships. Blackbaud CRM combines unmatched nonprofit expertise with industry-leading fundraising and customer relationship management software solutions, integrated analytics, multichannel marketing and data mining services.   “We have valued our longstanding relationship with The Salvation Army and look forward to helping them fulfill their mission with the help of highly reliable, sophisticated technology and a commitment to a people first trusted partnership,” said Kevin Sher, president and general manager for Blackbaud’s operations in Asia Pacific. “At Blackbaud, we believe the world will be a better place when good takes over, and that’s a higher purpose echoed by The Salvation Army Australia. Together, we’ll be able to drive even more impact for social good.”   To learn more about Blackbaud and its solutions for fundraising and relationship management, visit Blackbaud.com.au/solutions.                                                                                                                    About Blackbaud Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world's leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organisations, faith communities, arts and cultural organisations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organisations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.au or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.     Media Inquiries media@blackbaud.com   Forward-looking Statements Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including statements regarding expected benefits of products and product features. 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In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organisation; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud's investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc. IRENE FALCONE's AMAZING NEW NON ALCOHOLIC BOOZE BUSINESS www.sansdrinks.com.au 2020-11-24T21:56:35Z irene-falcone-s-amazing-new-non-alcoholic-booze-business-www-sansdrinks-com-au DESIGNATED DRIVERS HEAVEN # NEW BUSINESS LAUNCHED BY LEADING FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR # DRINK AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE & NEVER GET DRUNK! # NO MORE HANGOVERS OR HAIR OF THE DOG # ABC …Alcoholics welcome. Beer, wine & spirits for all. Can’t get drunk, no matter how much you drink! Irene Falcone is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs who started her first business, natural health & beauty store Nourished Life, with $100 in 2012 and sold it 5 years later for $20 million. Now Irene has launched a new online business selling non-alcoholic beer, wine and spirits (yes, spirits)  www.sansdrinks.com.au that has gone from zero to $250,000 in the first 6 weeks and is on target to generate over $4 million in sales by Christmas 2021. Some of the nation’s biggest mainstream beer and wine companies including McGuigan Wines, Lindeman Wines, Carlton & United Breweries and Heineken are supplying sansdrinks.com.au along with over 50 other local and international manufacturers. Irene has personally poured, mixed and tasted all the products that are on the sansdrinks.com.au website.Irene says “ Wine connoisseurs will be amazed at the notes, flavour and taste of the red, white and sparkling wines being produced locally and across the globe. In fact forget the globe, some of the Shiraz, Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and sparkling wines are out of this world! Artisan brewers such as Lyre’s, Fluere and The Monday Distillery are producing incredible tastes with a real kick that emulate London Style Gins, White, Dark & Spiced Rums, Coffee Liqueurs, Italian Aperitifs, Tequila and of course Bourbon, and all without the hangover or headache the next day.” Like with Irene’s first business the Sydney mother of 4 is starting at the bottom with sansdrinks.com.au and working 7 days a week personally packing, stacking and shipping product to her customers, handling orders, enquiries, all of her social media, ordering stock locally and from overseas as well as doing the book keeping. With up to 100 orders a day and increasing rapidly she is already looking at moving to bigger premises to handle the demand.  “ My arm muscles are getting stronger with lifting the cases but I do have assistance in some of that including when my husband and children come in on the weekend. It’s just gone wild. There is a large niche market of people who want great tasting wines, beer and spirits that are not made with alcohol. My favourite drinks for summer are the McGuigan Rose, the Upflow IPA beer, Lyre’s Espresso Martini as well as The Monday Distillery’s classic G & T” concludes Irene.TO INTERVIEW IRENE FALCONE email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412 501 601  ABOUT IRENE FALCONE: Irene founded natural health & beauty store Nourished Life in 2012 with $100. She sold it 5 years later to an ASX listed company for $20 million. Irene is passionate about disrupting industries, providing better shopping options and making buying easier. Irene is also obsessed with small business, supporting Aussie brands, driving forklifts, talking to her customers & finding new products to enrich everyone’s lives.            Max Markson 0412501601   KIM KIYOSAKI RICH WOMAN LIVESTREAM Tuesday 15th December 2020 Free registration www.mesiti.com/kim   ON THE ROAD WITH BILL CLINTON Nelson Mandela, Kim Kardashian, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Pele and more.By Max Markson. Book available now from www.booktopia.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com M: 0412 501 601 Work: +61 2 9213 2900 www.marksonsparks.com       The Importance of Future Proofing Your Reputation While Building Your Brand 2020-11-24T02:01:20Z the-importance-of-future-proofing-your-reputation-while-building-your-brand A positive reputation is an asset for any leader in the public sphere, with bottom-line implications: the trust or distrust of your stakeholders makes a brand, business and/or a career in the public arena easier (or more difficult), more satisfying (or more frustrating) and more profitable (or more costly).  The “holy grail” for all professionals in the public eye is to “create” a reputation or enhance one. Of course, most reputations are probably deserved and have been created organically so the concept that a reputation might be “created” through a managed process leans more toward branding and an artificial construct of 'image'.  “Creating a reputation” therefore is a misleading phrase. A better one might be how to strategise for reputation, by setting reputation goals and investing long term to achieve them in a sustainable way, while at the same time building your brand.  Further, research shows that a public personality’s reputation grows positively on the back of how they deal with the challenges of their public life. So while reputation is partly about judgement and information it often is a product of direct or replayed experience. What a leader does, and how they do it, and how others then talk about it, matters above all else.  Unfortunately, most leaders and public personalities currently use “reputation management” only to mitigate damage during or after a scandal and crisis. However, it is crucial to establish, protect and manage your reputation before a crisis - when you have credibility and social capital in the bank.  Today, we’re excited to announce a big step towards doing that. Introducing INNURI. INNURI is the world's first personal and proactive reputation scorecard. An online, secure, anonymous and highly discreet self assessment that lets individuals - from senior company executives to politicians, faith leaders, celebrities, sports heroes, key opinion leaders and even influencers - take stock of the factors that could impact your reputation and proactively make the best choices for your future.   INNURI is in essence a proactive reputational risk analysis tool that helps you: - Pinpoint weak areas of focus and receive best in class strategies to build a positive reputation so that if there were a scandal, reputation capital is already built with the community.   - Measure 200+ traits against 6 major pillars of your reputational self - your personal and private life, your ethics, as well as EQ, leadership, persona and legacy.  - Learn how to use second order thinking to help guide your reflection, choices and action points.  - Get insights, tools, knowledge and support to build up your reputation positively and overcome trolling, cancel culture and negative attention.  The Benefits. Our research and insights have told us that our target audience - senior executives, corporate leaders, politicians, celebrities, influencers media, entertainment, sports personalities and cultural shapers - are now under increasing scrutiny from their stakeholders and that behaviour has become a part of the social licence under which brands, leaders and public personas now have to operate. What leaders and public personalities are waking up to is that their behaviour is now closely tied to their company's and brand’s bottom line. They’re realising the fact that they can’t get away with poor behaviour, neither can ignore any moral and ethical grey areas in their personal and working life. In turn, public personas want to have tools at hand to discreetly manage their reputation, pinpoint areas of weakness and reduce any risk that could potentially harm their income or lifestyle. The problem is many don’t know how to mitigate these moral and ethical dilemmas. They use brand reputation ratings and behaviour management courses - which do very little to address the personal choices leaders make that might impact on their reputation and that of their brands and companies they lead.  Current evaluations and training available in the marketplace does very little to enable self assessment and accountability. They also include ‘360° feedback tools’ which while incorporating peer assessments, only make respondents hide their true actions, choices and thinking for fear of ridicule and shame. What the marketplace has needed for a long time, is a discreet, non judgemental and private accountability tool that helps those in the public sphere measure both personal and public factors that could impact their reputation, and nurture the positive aspects to build one's reputation quotient. We listened and kept this feedback top of mind as we designed the benefits. What our members can expect to experience when they put INNURI’s insights into practice: - Enhanced competitive advantage (distinctiveness) plus better results when negotiating investments, fees and payment for services.  - Better access to capital, increased income and stability. - Strong peer and marketplace respect plus goodwill and a second chance when facing a crisis.  - The ability to weather market downturns.  - Sustainable partnerships and relationships plus increased trust, confidence, support and investment from key stakeholders.  An hour of your time for a lifetime of great reputation. INNURI’s Reputation Insights Scorecard (RIS) assessment uses psychology, EQ, brand management insights and personality science to guide your self assessment. Discover your reputational score and receive a results insights report that highlights strengths, blind spots, and how you could further enhance your reputation.  The RIS assessment measures over 200 traits and is a quick, proactive way to review and adjust the key components of your reputation in less than an hour. It’s discreet, anonymous and secure - and best of all, it’s available all year round. Reputation insights for executive teams at scale. INNURI is not only for individuals. Our corporate offering is aimed at companies, coaches, publicists, managers and HR directors who can now empower their clients and senior management teams with the world’s leading and best in class reputation scorecard. INNURI helps executive teams proactively manage their brand reputation, mitigate scandal and reduce risk. Seamless, private discretion that delivers reputational management insights at scale. The INNURI promise. INNURI is not about policing behaviour - because no else other than the respondent can assess themselves and see their responses. We don’t make available individual responses from anyone’s scorecard. INNURI is also not about telling you how to live; it’s about giving you pointers to think for yourself about your choices and ask yourself privately and honestly, which of these choices could harm your reputation. More importantly, what could harm your family, relationships, income and future. Then giving you the opportunity to act accordingly. Why wouldn’t you want to protect what you’ve worked so hard for? ________ INNURI’s Reputation Insights Scorecard is now available globally and takes just under an hour to complete. Clients subscribe to an annual membership and receive year round access to the scorecard, plus multiple resources to help grow and scale their influence and reputation. To sign up, visit www.INNURI.com. ___________________ PEOPLE ARE OVERSPENDING ON FUNERALS DESPITE LITTLE KNOWN FREE SERVICE 2020-11-23T23:54:27Z people-are-overspending-on-funerals-despite-little-known-free-service Thanks to a little known funeral service, it’s now easier than ever before to get a fair funeral and stop overpaying for funeral costs. eziFunerals is a FREE online funeral concierge service that helps families get independent, transparent and trustworthy funeral services at a fair and affordable price. They help you shop around and compare funeral homes on service and price. Your’e in total control and get to save time and money compared to contacting funeral homes direct. Since launching in 2017, Australians have saved thousands of dollars on funeral costs by using eziFunerals to compare prices and select the right funeral director. According to Peter Erceg, Owner eziFunerals, “People organising a funeral now prefer to turn to independent sites like eziFunerals, rather than go directly to a funeral businesses". “Today’s funeral consumers expect to get fair treatment in the market place and avoid unscrupulous practices and dealings with funeral businesses. They expect a fair funeral market environment that facilitates and supports their consumer rights”, says Erceg. Empowered by eziFunerals, consumers are now much more equipped to do research and purchase a funeral that meets their needs. As a result, the big funeral chains are losing market share to smaller independent funeral homes who are much more flexible in meeting consumer needs.   Are you paying too much for a funeral? Check now, for free.   Step 1: Complete their online request form. Step 2: Once you answered a couple of basic questions, you will have the opportunity to compare quotes from multiple funeral directors.   About eziFunerals eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company. We do not conduct funerals. For more information call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au. Liane Fletcher at Property Whispers has been shortlisted for the REB Women in Real Estate Awards 2020. 2020-11-20T04:13:35Z liane-fletcher-at-property-whispers-has-been-shortlisted-for-the-reb-women-in-real-estate-awards-2020 The Women in Real Estate Awards is regarded as one of the real estate profession’s most prestigious accolades. The program provides a platform for industry professionals to showcase their talents, recognising the industry’s high-performing female agents, property managers, BDMs and businesses.   Award recipients represent a true cross-section of the real estate industry, from the most prolific saleswomen to those that deliver excellence in customer service.   Commenting on the announcement, REB editor Grace Ormsby said this year’s finalists represent the best of the best in Australian real estate.    “It’s been a really tough year for the real estate industry, but this year’s REB Women in Real Estate Awards finalists have shown the strength, determination and skills to succeed regardless.    “We can’t wait to celebrate and recognise the leading female agents and property professionals at our live-streamed awards event, which will be held on 11 December 2020.   “On behalf of REB, I’d like to congratulate everyone who has made this year’s finalists list. Your hard work deserves to be recognised.”   Liane Fletcher, Co-founder at Property Whispers, said that she was humbled to be recognised and proud to be named as a finalist in the REB Women in Real Estate Awards 2020. “Property Whispers’s recognition for our excellent contribution to the property industry reinforces the strength of our service and dedication to connecting with the community and engaging with clients,” she added. AAA City Removalist Is Proud to Be A Sponsor of the 30th WSABE Awards 2020 2020-11-19T04:01:58Z aaa-city-removalist-is-proud-to-be-a-sponsor-of-the-30th-wsabe-awards-2020 2020 has been a challenging year all around, but more so for small businesses. Now more than ever before, young and budding entrepreneurs need encouragement and acknowledgement of their efforts to lift their spirits and keep them striving forward with zeal, to help sustain their business and help boost our Australian economy. AAA City Removalist is excited to be a Sponsor of the ‘The Outstanding Business Leader’ category of the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) Awards, which recognises and celebrates the finest businesses in the Greater Western Sydney area. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle CREATING VALUE THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT   For AAA City Removalist, community engagement has always been a core part of our culture. We’ve been a partner of the WSABE Awards for many years, sponsoring awards as well as being one of the judges. This year’s WSABE Awards is even more special as it is a testament to our community’s perseverance and strength. Even in the face of adversity, the people of our community and greater Australia have united and pushed through it all and we want to support and encourage their sheer grit and resolution. WSABE AWARDS 2020: WHO, WHERE AND WHEN Spanning over three decades, the WSABE Awards has been critical in identifying business leaders in the Greater Western Sydney area and lauding them for their vision and work. This year, the keynote speaker is the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne. The WSABE Gala evening is to be held on Friday, 20 November 2020 at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. The elite Sponsors include AAA City Removalist, Commonwealth Bank, City of Parramatta Council, Parramatta Chamber, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), EnergyAustralia, Parramatta Light Rail, University of New England, Wenty Leagues and more. WHY IT MATTERS The current challenging landscape has pushed emerging entrepreneurs to look for creative ways to enhance their customer experience and achieve success. Never before has the age-old adage ‘Necessity is the mother of all inventions’ rung truer. AAA City Removalist recognises that it’s not been easy. We want to encourage the businesses in our local community and show them that their efforts have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. After all, for Australia to flourish, our local communities and businesses need to succeed. Growing our local communities and building micro-economies will lay the foundation for a stronger and more stable nation. We are so grateful to be a part of this effort, doing our bit to help the bigger picture, as we believe that without a team effort, nothing is possible. HOW AAA CITY REMOVALIST DEALT WITH THE PANDEMIC For AAA City Removalist, our fast response to COVID19 helped us resume our moving/removal services as usual. Being a Professional Removalist, the very nature of our business meant we had to take strict measures to ensure the safety of our employees, alliance partners, customers and the general public. We put in place a detailed guide to educate and train our team to keep our communities safe while ensuring business went on as usual. Since furniture relocations were an essential service and not something our customers could simply put off doing, we rose to the challenge by providing them with a safe and secure move. And we’re happy to say that it’s been a challenging but gratifying year. Our customers are elated with our service, our employees and alliance partners are happy that their jobs haven’t been jeopardised and that’s what matters the most to us.  As we edge towards the end of this year, it’s time to stop looking back and start looking forward to the future, which is full of endless possibilities. When we come together and take on adversity hand-in-hand, we can achieve great things. After all, it’s bigger than you and me, it’s about our community. As always, we look forward to helping our community in the best way possible, as well as our customers & staff, who are the ‘cornerstone’ and heartbeat of our business. Contact us at 02 97371111  80% of COVID-related Job Seekers Say It Is Taking More Than 4 Months To Find A New Job 2020-11-17T19:55:03Z 80-of-covid-related-job-seekers-say-it-is-taking-more-than-4-months-to-find-a-new-job Sydney, 18 November 2020: As millions of Australians face continued unemployment due to the COVID-19 crisis, not-for-profit job and mental health support initiative Project Displaced says up to 80% of its community are finding it is taking more than 4 months to find a new job, and half of those are finding it is taking more than 6 months. Independent research[1] commissioned by Project Displaced in October 2020 analysed social and quantitative feedback from more than 800 unemployed people who have used Project Displaced’s services. “We knew anecdotally that the events of 2020 were making people’s job searches more challenging than usual, and this research now substantiates that the journey to re-employment is not only longer than before COVID-19, but that is has far-reaching impacts on job seeker’ sense of confidence, their career hopes and aspirations,” says Project Displaced founder, Anthony Cohen. Anthony Cohen, himself a former Qantas employee, adds, “We now have people coming to Project Displaced from across Australia and from at least 54 different industries. The feedback we hear every day is the same no matter the location or industry.” Project Displaced is a non-profit organisation that supports displaced workers; offering free one-one-one and group classes that assist job seekers through the entire job search process, as well as specialised mental health first aid.  Since its inception in March, the largest groups of unemployed people seeking help from Project Displaced have come from those industries which have been hit hardest by COVID-19:  The airlines / aviation sector made up 45% of Project Displaced bookings, and 27% were from five distinct sectors (IT, Leisure / Travel, Marketing / Advertising / Sales, Events Services and Hospitality sectors).   Research summary points: Soundbite: It’s taking jobseekers nearly twice as long to get a job compared to before COVID-19.  Evidence:  ·      Before COVID-19, research estimated it took approximately 82 days (just under 3 months) to get a job.  ·      80% of our network / community say they have been looking for a role or managed to secure a role in over 4 months, but half of these are taking over 6 months to secure a role.  ·       On average, people are taking 5 months to secure a job or are still looking    2.    Soundbite: Deciding on a new career field is one of the hardest parts of jobseeking Evidence: ·      Knowing what you want to do next is one of the hardest parts of job seeking.  o   38% in poll said knowing what they want to do is the hardest parts of jobseeking ·      But a third of bookings of Project Displaced services have left the session with a clearer sense of their career direction  ·      Project Displaced also has a session designed especially to help those who aren’t sure where to start, and 60% of bookings for this service have left the session with a clearer sense of their career direction    3.    Soundbite: COVID-19 has changed the jobseeking landscape Evidence:  ·      Polls of our community suggest that COVID-19 has made it harder for people to achieve their career goals and their approach to finding a job is very different in 2020 than previously ·      Our clientele reflects those industries have been particularly affected by COVID. For example: o   People with airline / aviation backgrounds make up a quarter of our bookings o   Over half of Project Displaced bookings are by people who are unemployed, and most of these bookings are by people who have lost their job due to COVID-19 o   We also support those who are currently employed but on an uncertain basis, e.g. being on JobKeeper or working on a contract or casual basis    Soundbite: Mental Health First Aid is vital for jobseekers  Evidence:  ·      A poll of our community signalled that nearly half of respondents were most frustrated by the emotional draining nature of job hunting than other factors ·      At Project Displaced we tackle this head on by providing Mindset Coaching sessions and Mental Health First Aid support.  ·      We have particular interest in these courses by those who are unemployed and those in uncertain employment e.g. being on JobKeeper or working on a contract or casual basis “The out-take is that the emotional and financial toll that an extended job search is creating doesn’t only impact job seekers; it extends to their family, friends and extended networks. There needs to be more support in place to assist everyone in job search cycle, particularly as Government incentives continue to reduce and then eventually cease,” said Anthony Cohen. Project Displaced has a number of former and current job seekers who are happy to be available for comment and to share their own job search stories and experience with Project Displaced.   About Project Displaced Founded in March at the beginning of the COVID lockdowns, Project Displaced is a non-profit organisation that supports displaced workers; offering free one-one-one as well as group classes that assist job seekers through the entire job search process, as well as specialised mental health first aid. We are independent, non-denominational and run entirely by volunteers with more than 60 qualified volunteers from the recruitment, human resources, business leadership, mindset coaching and mental health first aid sectors offering their services free of charge, 7 days a week. We aim to get people into jobs as fast as possible, and we provide free support for anyone in Australia who has been stood down or who has lost their job.   This includes providing free resume reviews, free interview preparation, career coaching, and mental health first aid that is provided by qualified HR practitioners and recruiters who generously volunteer their time and expertise to help our job seeker community. Started by Sydney-based Anthony Cohen, who worked for Qantas for more than 16 years, his partner is an orchestral musician, and both have had their work contracts put on hold or cancelled. The COVID-19 crisis hit them and their extended network very personally, and this inspired Anthony to take direct action. “We set up Project Displaced to help our community through this terrible and very sudden crisis,” explains Anthony. “After both my partner and I lost our jobs, I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing, so I came up with the idea of Project Displaced.” Project Displaced is also recording the breadth and depth of the impact of this crisis across industries so that there may be a clearer picture of that impact.  Job seekers are encouraged to book a free consultation or join any of the free group job search classes at the Project Displaced website; and join the community on Facebook. https://projectdisplaced.org.au https://facebook.com/ProjectDisplaced info@projectdisplaced.com About Lotti O’Dea Lotti O’Dea works with not for profit organisations to help them understand and communicate their impact, drawing on her background in evaluation, social cost benefit analysis and measuring ‘hard to capture’ outcomes for both government and not for profit organisations.    Lotti is available for comment via lotti.odea@gmail.com ENDS –  [1] Research undertaken by Evaluation and Social Impact Specialist Lotti O’Dea IMB Bank Community Foundation announces over $450,000 in new grant funding for NSW and ACT community groups 2020-11-17T01:07:57Z imb-bank-community-foundation-announces-over-450-000-in-new-grant-funding-for-nsw-and-act-community-groups Images and vision available here 17 November 2020 – A surf school for children living with Autism, mental health support for youth, bushfire recovery projects, and a trailer to deliver food and support to Canberra’s homeless are just some of the community projects that will benefit from over $450,000 in grants donated by IMB Bank Community Foundation Now in its 21st year, IMB Bank Community Foundation is Foundation is proud to have supported nearly 800 community groups and projects across NSW and ACT, with over $10million donated since 1999.  In 2020, twenty-nine local community groups and projects across NSW and the ACT will share in over $450,000 to update services and equipment, and support people in need. “IMB Bank’s Community Foundation really embodies the power of communities,” said Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. “In announcing our 2020 funding recipients, we’re celebrating the people and organisations who are making a profound difference within their own neighbourhoods and networks. These people are at the front line – they’re taking action, rolling their sleeves up, and getting the job done. And in doing so, they’re making a real difference, and building better futures for others.” IMB Bank Community Foundation has a rich and diverse history of community engagement and improvement. Projects have ranged from the establishment of recycling programs and Men’s Sheds, through to public walkways, school gardens, youth driver training, mental health first aid training, equipment for volunteer rescue services and increased security for victims of domestic violence. Despite COVID-19 related disruptions, it was important to IMB Bank that its Community Foundation funding went ahead in 2020.  “The events of 2020 have highlighted the important role IMB Bank’s Community Foundation plays at a grassroots level,” said Robert Ryan, IMB Bank CEO. “Since 1880, IMB’s core philosophy has been to help build strong, resilient communities. As we all begin to navigate our way forward, IMB Bank’s commitment to supporting Australian communities as they rebuild and recover remains as strong as ever. We are proud to provide funding for these valuable community projects, and truly humbled to play a small part in their continued growth and success.”  The community groups and projects funded by IMB Bank Community Foundation in 2020 include:   ACT Canberra PCYC - Thanks to the second year of IMB Bank Community Foundation funding, the Canberra PCYC Youth Street Support Trailer will expand and continue its vital support of those in need. The Scullin Community Group – The group’s Events Trailer is a unique new service which will provide event support materials to small community groups in and around Belconnen in the ACT. Marymead Child and Family Centre - Outdoor spaces will be enhanced with musical resources to support self expression and enhance communication through music for children and young people living with disability. Painting with Parkinsons – The benefits of art therapy will be extended to people living with Parkinsons in regional centres.   NSW – Sydney and the Sutherland Shire Autism Swim – The development of an online certification program that can be used by surf schools across Sydney, and internationally, to increase accessibility for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other abilities. EducAID – 500 students and teachers will be trained in Mental Health First Aid across highly populated, and culturally diverse, areas of South West Sydney. Marine Rescue NSW (Middle Harbour) – A new infra-red search camera will be purchased and installed to help save more lives on and around Sydney Harbour.    St. John Ambulance – A new and engaging, eLearning Platform will be developed to help primary school children learn the St. John first aid basics. Clever Care NOW – New equipment will be purchased, and upgrades made to current transport services for the aged, frail and wheelchair bound, enabling them to enjoy everyday mobility, independence and community engagement.  Parramatta Mission - IMB Bank Community Foundation funding will help in the training of new Lifeline telephone crisis supporters. Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute - Coordinating the largest mobile public heart health check tour in NSW and the ACT.   NSW - Illawarra Ocean Live – IMB Bank Community Foundation funding will enable Smart Signs at Wollongong beaches, alerting beachgoers about risks such as rips, sandbanks, UV exposure and sharks. Funding will also support the development of an App for beach safety awareness. Port Kembla SLSC – A new Surf Rescue Trailer will be designed and created to enhance safety response. Fairy Meadow SLSC – An updated Inflatable Rescue Boat will be purchased for greater beach safety. Illawarra Wig Library – New wigs will be purchased to support those who have experienced hair loss due to medical conditions or treatment. Cows Create Careers - Cows Create Careers is a Strzelecki Lions Club project which is a hands-on learning experience designed to promote dairy industry careers and educational pathways to high school students.  Sprouts Shellharbour Early Learning - Facilitating connections between pre-schoolers and seniors at Warrigal Care and the wider community.  CareSouth - Establishing a health hub to provide free dental, eye, and hearing care for disadvantaged families in Berkeley. Para Meadows School - Funding will enable the purchase of new equipment to optimise learning experiences for special needs children.   NSW – South Coast SAGE – 32 free vegetable beds will be provided to those affected by bushfires, and four new wicking garden beds for the Moruya community garden will provide more food for people in need at women’s and youth refuges. IMB is supporting a small but powerful step in the bushfire recovery process for these communities. Conjola Park Priority Project - The community will be united and uplifted through the regeneration of the town’s central communal area.  Coast and Country Community Services - Easier and more convenient online training for volunteers will be delivered throughout the NSW South Coast. Marine Rescue NSW (Jervis Bay) – Two new outboard motors will be purchased for the primary rescue vehicle to tackle all on-water emergencies. North Shoalhaven Meals on Wheels - Expanding and upgrading of kitchen facilities and services. Wolumla Rural Fire Brigade - The grant will enable the purchase of a quick fill pump, which allows water tankers to quickly refill from large water sources during a bushfire emergency. Vinnies Bushfire Relief Fund - Rebuilding areas around the South Coast impacted by bushfires.   NSW – Southern Highlands Hill Top Men’s Shed - IMB Bank Community Foundation has long been a proud supporter of Men’s Shed programs. This year, funding support will help the Hill Top Men’s Shed purchase woodwork equipment for their new shed.   NSW - Hunter Vision Australia - Old assessment tools will be upgraded to help adults and children facing vision loss.  The Callaghan District Netball Association – Facilities will be enhanced to provide a healthy living program for disadvantaged families, using netball as the core physical activity.   IMB Bank is one of the longest-standing financial organisations in NSW and was named one of the World’s Best Banks by Forbes magazine in 2020. Its Community Foundation program is considered one of the best of its kind in Australia. For more information about IMB Bank Community Foundation visit www.imb.com.au/community.    ENDS For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact Blue Planet Public Relations: Maria Crema – maria.crema@blueplanetpr.com.au or +61 402 239 929 Sophie Blue - sophie.blue@blueplanetpr.com.au or +61 416 006 821   About IMB Bank Established in 1880, IMB Bank is one of Australia’s most enduring financial institutions, helping people achieve their financial goals for over 140 years. IMB was rated as one of the World’s Best Banks by Forbes in 2020, thanks to digital innovation, personal service, and customer satisfaction. IMB Bank offers digital and mobile banking, home loans, personal loans and deposit products, retail and business banking, and has a growing branch network through NSW and Melbourne. With total assets over $6.7 billion, IMB is regulated by APRA and ASIC, is owned by its customers and is one of the leading mutual banks in NSW.    About the IMB Bank Community Foundation The IMB Bank Community Foundation was established in 1999 to support the communities IMB Bank calls home. Since inception, the Foundation has supported more than 700 community projects with over $10m in donated funding. The Foundation is proud to support projects which strengthen local communities through the transfer of skills and knowledge, encouraging and supporting volunteer input and building lasting community assets.  EZIFUNERALS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE WITH AN EYE ON CREMATION 2020-11-15T23:22:27Z ezifunerals-launches-new-website-with-an-eye-on-cremation eziFunerals is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, https://ezicremations.com.au/, which provides an exciting look at cremation services in Australia. Today's funeral disruption represents a time of opportunity as the pace of transformation increases in the funeral marketplace.   In recent years, scientific innovations and shifting outlooks on death have bred a change in the ways we plan for our last farewell. Driven in large part by environmental concerns, other alternatives to traditional funerals and a desire to choose more cost-effective options, cremation is on the rise. “Cremation is now the new normal with over 70% of Australian’s choosing cremation over other options,” said Peter Erceg, Owner and Founder of the company. Catching wind of these issues, eziFunerals is disrupting the industry, by offering new services and streamlining the cremation process. It’s core solution lies in its ability to simplify and streamline the funeral process, from the privacy of your own home. This levels the playing field and puts the consumer back in the pilot's seat. eziCremations serves as the cremation hub that helps the bereaved shop for cremation and funeral providers. Its platform connects families who have an immediate need or who are planning in advance with the best cremation providers in their area, increasing transparency in the funeral industry. “Instead of picking a cremation provider by guesswork, families will be able to shop around, and get the right cremation at the right price before proceeding to contract”, said Erceg. eziFunerals is the 'go to brand' for all things cremation and funerals Australia-wide. It’s the funeral store of tomorrow.   About eziFunerals eziFunerals supports individuals and families cope with end of life decisions, death and funerals. We are an independent, Australian-owned and operated company. We are not part of any other funeral company. For more information or to make contact with a trusted Independent funeral director, call eziFunerals on 1300 236 402 or visit www.ezifunerals.com.au. COVID-19 Hunger ‘Worse Than Disease’ Says GFA World Leader 2020-11-12T05:25:39Z covid-19-hunger-worse-than-disease-says-gfa-world-leader TOOWOOMBA, Qld -- The leader of a major faith-based humanitarian agency has warned that a new COVID-19 surge could cause catastrophic starvation in poor nations.   Widespread hunger across Asia caused by the pandemic is proving to be “worse than the disease itself,” said K.P. Yohannan, president of GFA World, www.gfaau.org.   Yohannan’s warning comes as some countries face a “second wave” of COVID-19 infections, increasing fears of mass starvation as people are unable to go to work.   “For hundreds of millions living in Asia, the threat of starvation is more dangerous than the disease,” he said. “According to the U.N., virus-linked hunger is leading to the deaths of 10,000 more children every month.”   Starving ‘Before Their Eyes’ The missions leader and author of Never Give Up said many parents in Asia are watching their children “starving to death before their eyes.”   Massive numbers of day labourers -- the poorest of the poor -- are especially vulnerable, along with the legions of children who beg on the streets of Asia’s megacities.   “Many, surprisingly, do not fear the virus; they fear the hunger that will come,” said Yohannan, whose Australian-based organisation has helped feed nearly 200,000 people since the pandemic began.   160 Million Could ‘Plunge Deeper Into Poverty’ A resurgence of COVID-19 “could push (up to) 160 million people deeper into poverty and hunger,” he said. “As followers of Jesus we need to think deeply about what we can do to help.”   “It’s so easy for us to get caught up in COVID-19 anxiety and overlook the problems that existed before the pandemic,” Yohannan said. “But these problems -- such as starvation and homelessness -- have only become greater.”   Across Asia -- the world’s most populated continent, home to six out of every 10 people on earth -- GFA World workers are handing out rice, cooking oil and other food items to help stave off hunger for thousands.   “This is sometimes the only food they’ll get in three days,” Yohannan said. “When people see they’re not alone, that there are others willing to give so that they may live, it gives them hope and shows them that God really cares about them.”   GFA World asked for prayer for its workers and for “those who are facing this crisis, as we seek to do all we can to help.”   ###   GFA World, www.gfaau.org is a leading faith-based mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions, especially to those who have yet to hear about the love of God. In GFA World’s latest yearly report, this included more than 70,000 sponsored children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and spiritual teaching available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. For all the latest news, visit our Press Room at https://press.gfa.org/news. Australian shopper behaviour has changed forever 2020-11-11T20:12:29Z australian-shopper-behaviour-has-changed-forever Sydney, November 2020 – With Australia in recession for the first time in nearly 30 years, Australians are more conscious of how they spend their money and what they receive in return. The changing expectations of Australian consumers and the key shopping behaviours that emerged throughout the pandemic been revealed in new independent research conducted by Opinium Research and commissioned by Adyen, the global payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies. The Adyen Agility Report details the findings of a survey of more than 25,000 respondents, including more than 2000 Australian adults, and provides a guide to help retail and hospitality businesses secure customer loyalty in an ever-changing market. Australians still love shopping in-store While COVID-19 has been a huge catalyst for change, it’s also solidified our preference for certain activities, including shopping in-store. Of all consumers surveyed, Australians have the strongest desire to shop in-store (72%) compared to 62% of Americans and 50% of Brits. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Australians are also looking forward to shopping in-store for pleasure again, well ahead of the global average of 55%. Michel van Aalten, Country Manager Australia and New Zealand at Adyen, said: “Australia’s love for shopping has grown dramatically during 2020. Last year, research undertaken by 451 Research showed 50% of Australians liked shopping in-store. To see that grow 22% in one year and outstrip our international counterparts is a really positive indicator for Australia’s bricks and mortar retailers.” But the shift online is real and here to stay The pandemic caused a mass migration to online channels, particularly as lockdowns swept across the country, and Adyen’s research suggests that consumers have been won over by the channel’s convenience. More than a quarter (27%) of Australians said they shopped more online during the pandemic than they did previously – although less than our global counterparts in the USA (36%) and UK (33%). A third (33%) of Australians will also shop online more often now than before. This skews by age, with 46% of 18-34 year olds planning to embrace this habit, compared to 38% of 35-54 year olds, and 17% of those aged 55 and older. The appeal of online shopping is far-reaching, with 28% of those who prefer to shop in-store acknowledging they will also shop online more. Experience is everything A key finding from the research is that Australians don’t tolerate bad experiences – 72% won’t return to a retailer if they’ve had a bad experience, either in-store or online. But they do also reward those who help them out, particularly when times are tough. The vast majority (78%) say they will continue to support the retailers they relied on during the pandemic. And given the love for physical stores, it's also significant that most prefer to shop with retailers located nearby because they want them to stay open (67%). Positive online shopping experiences are also growing. A quarter of Aussie consumers are now less likely to shop in-store because of their positive online experience during the pandemic. This is stronger among female respondents (28%) compared to males (22%) and among younger shoppers aged 18-34 (41%), compared to 35-54 year olds (29%) or those aged 55+ (10%). We now crave flexibility to shop when and where we want –70% of Australians said they’d like retailers to remain online, even as they reopen stores. Jurlique has witnessed this shift in behaviour first hand. “When the coronavirus lockdown forced stores to close, we searched for ways to continue offering our personalised services,” said Alexa Anastassi, Head of Digital Product at Jurlique. “We rolled out a live chat service, staffed with the beauty experts from our retail stores. The service became so popular that we expanded the hours and made it a permanent offering. It’s created a lot more connection between our customers and our brand. We’re seeing it convert into not only sales but loyalty and affinity with the brand.” “To see the level of positive feedback we’ve had from new and returning customers when we went the extra mile, particularly through what has been a really stressful time, really highlights the value in creating a personalised, and service-led experience online and blending those two worlds” she concluded. Online sales help buoy the economy but unified commerce is the new frontier Like Jurlique, the businesses that consistently performed the best throughout the coronavirus pandemic were those that combined their physical and digital worlds to create a fluid, channel-agnostic experience which prioritised the customer. This is “unified commerce” and Adyen’s data has revealed it to be a critical in driving success throughout the pandemic, helping businesses stabilise sales by offsetting lost in-store transactions with an increase in ecommerce. Adyen asked the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) to model the impact on the economy if more businesses adopted this approach. Using the United Nations’ UNCTAD index, and accounting for lockdown stringency, their economic analysis revealed that greater unified commerce preparedness is associated with improved retail performance. Cebr’s research found the proportion of Australian retail spending stemming from online channels stood at 9.7% in July, whereas it averaged just 6.6% in the six months prior to the pandemic. If this proportion was increased even slightly, on an ongoing basis, there could be a significant positive economic impact. In fact, Cebr’s modelling showed that increasing Australia’s unified commerce preparedness by five points could have improved national retail performance by 2.6% (or AU$7.3 billion) during the pandemic. However, if retailers want to capitalise on this newly-converted audience, they need to focus on delivering seamless and secure online experiences. “COVID-19 has shaken Australia’s retail sector to its core. Consumers have prioritised shopping closer to home with those businesses which provide a better experience, or that can be trusted to stock certain goods. Many retailers have impressed Aussies by adapting their operations and offering shoppers more flexibility across this period. Consumers want to see this agility continue and are looking for seamlessness between online and offline stores. Unified commerce will help retailers navigate this changing environment and excel in this next normal,” concluded Michel van Aalten. For more information and insights on the Agility Retail Report by Adyen, view the report here.   -ENDS- About Adyen Adyen (AMS: ADYEN) is the payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, providing a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting directly to Visa, Mastercard, and consumers' globally preferred payment methods. Adyen delivers frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store channels. With offices across the world, Adyen serves customers including Facebook, Uber, Spotify, Lorna Jane, the Cotton On Group, Freelancer.com, Kogan.com, Showpo and Rodd & Gunn. JESI poised for accelerated global growth 2020-11-11T05:48:38Z jesi-poised-for-accelerated-global-growth Brisbane, 11th November 2020: Innovative remote worker and journey management company JESI, has received a multi-million-dollar funds injection from Microsoft aligned VC firm, Future Now Capital Management. The investment will serve to fast-track JESI’s global growth rollout and underpin its ‘customer first’ value add strategy. With the recent appointment of Chairperson Brad Seymour, who has an established reputation for scaling global business’, the JESI company is geared and supported to take on the exciting next phase of its customer-centric expansion.Queensland headquartered, JESI has developed market leading SaaS solutions that significantly improve the protection, monitoring and management of remote and mobile workforces. With origins and a strong presence in the global resources sector, JESI counts Rio Tinto, Orica, BHP, Sandvik among its clients. Other target industry verticals include NGO’s, linear infrastructure and AEC.Already on a growth trajectory, JESI has seen a strong up curve in business and interest through the COVID months with scalable functionality in the solution able to provide a connected eco-system for ‘work from home’ employees. Clearly though, the Future Now investment will turbocharge staff growth, service capabilities and development projects. “Technology integrations will be a key development focus in achieving the company projected growth outcomes” said Kathy Wilson General Manager of Customer Success. “our existing customers are looking to evolve with interoperability solutions and connected technology. JESI software enables them with a compelling value proposition”.JESI CEO Joe Hoolahan said, “The pandemic has bought to the fore the need for enterprises to protect their workers as they work remotely while at the same time ensuring they remain connected. We are also acutely aware that reliable activity data is increasingly becoming a key business metric and we already witnessing how our customers are using the data to drive workforce movement efficiencies,” Joe Hoolahan added.JESI is the first investment for newly founded, Future Now Capital Management, a Sydney based venture capital firm. In 2019 Future Now Capital Management executed a world first partnership with Microsoft that will see investors in the Fund gain direct exposure to companies selected for Microsoft’s accelerated growth programs. Future Now Capital Management will oversee the Fund’s investments into, and the growth strategies of, the portfolio companiesBrad Seymour, JESI Chairperson said, “I am incredibly excited about firstly, the product excellence and relevance of JESI in today’s new world, and secondly, the opportunity for JESI to grow exponentially with Future Now’s backing. I look forward to working with the team through this scale-up stage and beyond.”JESI Management Solutions are now actively recruiting talent to join their team. To explore what roles are on offer refer to the https://jesi.io/careers-at-jesi/ page. Aussie Owned and Made, Key Signatures launches with Victorian made PPE and employment opportunities. 2020-11-10T23:49:27Z aussie-owned-and-made-key-signatures-launches-with-victorian-made-ppe-and-employment-opportunities Australians were required to wear face masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when in public to mitigate the risk of further spread of the COVID-19 virus within the community. However, this development led to widespread PPE buying from offshore manufacturers and little support or education about effective masks Australians require to prevent the spread, what to look for and where to find them.   This seemed problematic. Why not manufacture good quality masks and other PPE products here in Australia and create employment opportunities for those who need it most, while injecting much needed funds back into the economy?  The Department of Health and Human Services (2020) confirmed that “all Victorians must wear a face covering when they leave the home, no matter where they live” and that “a face mask is recommended for better protection.” (1). However, the grade of face mask that is required in workplaces to prevent the spread of infection is not specified.    Entrepreneur and founder of Key Signatures, Rebecca Michelini found that the quality of PPE and masks imported from overseas was typically of low grade, often didn’t go through regular quality testing, or did not pass the basic tests required to protect from spreading a virus. Key Signatures has partners with Etude Medical Masks, Etude masks have passed through a series of tests to determine the compliance with performance criteria described in the following test methods: differential pressure (breathability), particle filtration efficiency (PFE) and fluid/blood resistance.    The results? Key Signatures medical grade face masks ranked a high 98% filtration rate, 100% pressure rate, and passed every fluid and blood resistance test. (2)   Rebecca Michelini explains that the quality of the mask is pivotal to the health of everyone in combating the spread of COVID-19 and virus infections in the community, “The important role of masks is that it creates a barrier against the virus by minimising its spread through air droplets arising from when one sneezes, coughs, speaks or even breathes. If any of these droplets land on a surface there is a possibility that if the surface with the virus droplet is touched by another, it can spread up to nineteen times more each time it is touched.” cautioned Rebecca   The other common way the virus is spread is when hands carrying the virus touch the face. The virus is then spread by entering the respiratory system. The most effective method of minimising transmission within the community is wearing masks combined with diligent hand hygiene and maintaining 1.5 metre social distance from others or using Australian Made hand sanitiser and our L42 disinfectant, which kills 99.9999% of COVID-19 on surfaces.   Keys Signatures is driven to eliminate hype and false claims for PPE by their commitment toward educating to ensure there are facts driving the reason behind the safety of wearing specific masks.    Key Signatures manufacturing warehouses are located in Campbellfield and Thomastown in Victoria and can produce up to 9.1 million level 3 face masks per year from a single machine, which will see up to 8 full-time positions created initially, with additional employment opportunities to support the supply and logistics. They will continue to create educational programs to promote good health and better decision making to support all Australian’s move forward to a new-normal lifestyle for all Australians.    END For further information about Key Signatures educational videos, employment opportunities, receive a sample of their PPE products or to speak with Rebecca Michelini, please contact: Olivia Novello, PR Specialist at OM Digital +61 431 377 114 | olivia@omdigital.com.au  About Key Signatures: Key Signatures was created to provide suitable and affordable PPE to all Australian businesses across a range of industries. Our customised service and support are driven by our industry experts to help you meet your PPE needs.    Reference: Department of Health and Human Services, 2 August 2020, Website, ‘Face Coverings: Whole of Victoria.’ [Online], Viewed 6 October, 2020. Available from https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-coverings-covid-19#what-does-wearing-a-face-covering-mean  Bell Laboratories Test; report #J 2009171, 18 Sept 2020, Air Sampling and analysis report. Fight Child Hunger Down-Under This World Children’s Day 2020-11-10T02:03:35Z fight-child-hunger-down-under-this-world-children-s-day As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease in Queensland, local kid’s nutrition start-up, Sprout Organic, is hosting a kids treasure hunt in honour of World Children’s Day to support Australian child hunger relief charity, Feed the little Children.   Gold Coast, QLD (November 10, 2020) — To celebrate its launch, Gold Coast kid’s nutrition start-up, Sprout Organic, is hosting a kids treasure hunt in honour of World Children’s Day to raise proceeds for Australian child-hunger relief charity, Feed the Little Children.   What: World Children’s Day Treasure Hunt When: Saturday, November 21 – 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport Host: Sprout Organic Event Details: Participate via gold coin donation to Feed the Little Children. All participants will receive a prize and there will be three major prizes. All families welcome. Participants must have adult supervision. Best suited for kids aged 4-12. Among the founders of the new kids nutrition start-up are two well-known Gold Coast entrepreneurs, Sel Berdie, former Gold Coast Titans player, and INBA Mr. Universe winner, Billy Simmonds.   “We’re thrilled to be hosting a fun family event for a good cause”, said Berdie. “Ensuring that kids have access to nutritious food is a cause which aligns very deeply with our mission and we admire the work that Feed the Little Children does to provide emergency hunger relief for kids in Australia”.   “100% of raised funds from this event will be donated to Feed the Little Children, and we’ll also be donating some boxes of our new healthy snack bars to kids in need” Berdie added. “It’s been a while since we’ve been able to enjoy a fun community event like this and we’re excited to bring some well-needed smiles to kids’ faces and get them out in the fresh air to make a happy memory in honour of World Children’s Day”.   Sprout Organic is the first plant-based kid’s nutrition company to launch in Australia. Advised by leading paediatricians, dietitians, and food technology experts, its first commercial product will be a healthy kids snack bar range launching this November, followed closely by a plant-based toddler, infant, and follow-on formula in 2021. The forecast for Australia’s plant-based food industry shows tremendous growth, with the CSIRO estimating the plant-based foods market to be worth more than $6 billion by 2030 positioning Australia as the third fastest growing market in the world.   Contact: Nadia Schilling, nadia@sproutorganic.com.au, 0469 545 424 Images: http://bit.ly/WorldChildrensDayPhotos Ends ### About Sprout Organic Sprout Organic is an Australian plant-based kids nutrition company based in the Gold Coast, Australia. Its vision is to provide children and their families with access to nourishing plant-based food products across the globe, starting right here in Australia.     About World Children’s Day World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November* each year to promote international togetherness and improve children's welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights. World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children. NOTE: Sprout Organic’s Treasure hunt event will be held one day after the official World Children’s Day on Saturday, November 21st, so more Gold Coast families can enjoy the event.   About Feed the Little Children Feed The Little Children is an Australian charity which cooks and delivers over 600 hot, healthy meals a week to highly disadvantaged children in Australia, while also employing measurable, outcomes based, self-capacity building projects that bring change to intergenerational cycles of poverty and neglect. Hunger destroys hope, and Feed the Little Children is seeing new confidence, joy, and optimism in the children they support.