15 October 18
Throughout September Respect facilities were awash with flannelette, Akubras, overalls and Blundstones as our staff raised money for the farmers in regional Australia who have been doing it tough due to the drought.
It takes a special type of person to work in aged care. Looking after some of society’s most vulnerable is not glamorous, high paying or even well celebrated, but at Respect we are extremely fortunate to have a special group of employees that genuinely care about others. This was demonstrated recently when one of our staff members reached out to ask what we could do to help the farmers across Australia who are struggling with some of the worst drought conditions for a very long time. So we started a fundraiser called “Farmer Fridays” where staff, residents and families were encouraged to dress as a farmer for a day and give a gold coin donation as payment. Staff across the entire organisation embraced the concept and organised activities including raffles, morning/afternoon teas, farmer visits, auctions, BBQs, concerts and farm animal visits (including sheep, goats, chickens, dogs and even a horse!)
The fundraising activities raised a total of $3,554.75 to donate to the Buy A Bale initiative. This amount of money will enable them to supply drought-stricken farmers with 35 large, round bales of hay and will make a big difference for many farmers who are doing it tough. This is another great example of company values – Care and Teamwork – in action, and we are extremely proud of our staff for embracing the concept and their willingness to give back. The residents also thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and excitement.