Aspen Australia selected two beneficiaries for their 2012 Mandela Day activities. These included Foodbank and Oxfam.
Two groups of employees from Melbourne and Sydney visited their respective FoodBank distribution centres on the 18th & 19th July for a full day of sorting and packing food items.
Once packed, the hampers were collected by welfare agencies who distributed the food parcels to beneficiaries.
Aspen Australia's employees also hosting barbeques at 4 of its sites namely, Dandenong, Noble Park, Croydon South and Baulkham Hills to raise funds for Oxfam Australia.
Aspen Australia funded the catering for over 500 staff members who made a cash donation to purchase the meal. An online donation option was also set up for donations from staff who are unable to attend one of the barbeques. All funds raised through the barbeque activities or online donation option, were matched by Aspen Australia and gifted to Oxfam.
FoodBank Australia supplies over 88,000 meals a day, which equates to 32 million meals a year and over 24 million kilograms of food for the needy.
Oxfam’s purpose is to help create lasting solutions to the injustice of poverty by partaking in a global movement for change, one that empowers people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty.
Oxfam uses a combination of rights-based sustainable development programs, public education, Fair Trade, campaigns, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance in disasters and conflicts on a global, regional, national and local level.
In Australia, Oxfam is particularly active in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Oxfam works with Indigenous Australians to improve their living conditions as well as their social, emotional and cultural wellbeing.
Oxfam provides a clear and consistent approach across the world, and Aspen Australia hopes its contribution will enhance Oxfam’s collective impact and will contribute to a just world without poverty.