In 2008 Deloitte Jersey changed their approach to Community Investment and decided to channel its energies into one main charity for fund raising and volunteering activities. Staff nominated local causes and then voted for their favourite charity to arrive at one charity to support during the year. This worked well but it was felt support would improve by increasing the number of charities so that more staff would have an affiliation to the chosen charities.
In 2009 we selected three charities and participation in volunteering projects outside of the charities was also agreed. These charities were Jersey Society for the Disabled, Jersey Autism and Clic Sargent.
With the funds raised from a January sale, a cake sale, office lunches, ‘dress down’ days, sponsored walks, Handy Candy and Give As You Earn we exceeded our target for 2009 by 40% and raised £5,700 for our three charities, which was a fantastic achievement.
|Our main fund raising events took place in June with 2 sponsored walks. An adventurous group completed a 30km North coast cliff path route and for the less athletic a 10km walk around St Aubin’s Bay was led by partner, Chris Leck and also included wheelchair participants from the Disabled Society.|
Our volunteering projects were two-fold. Individually staff helped at the Jersey Society for the Disabled weekly gatherings by serving refreshments, playing games and providing company for the clients. Our second project was for 30 staff (including a group of summer students) to assist Jersey Trees for Life with the clearing weeds and bracken. Conrad Evans, Jersey Trees for Life Arboricultural Officer said: "The contribution is extremely welcome as this ultimately enables us to expand the number of hedgerow plants we can maintain thereby allowing us to be more ambitious in the number of trees and shrubs we can plant in our Jersey Hedgerow Campaign." Everyone who took part felt the aching muscles, nettle stings and scratches were well worth it as they uncovered numerous saplings giving them a chance to continue their growth.
We also supported Jersey Autism's scheme for a FAB day (Fill A Bag day), with ladies clothes which were recycled, customised or sold to raise funds and staff also helped out at the Jersey Society for the Disabled bazaar.
Other 2009 community events included a Deloitte teams being sponsored to take part in a Swimarathon, a Dragon Boat race and the Jersey Marathon.
Our chosen charities for 2010 are Jersey Focus on Mental Health, Teenage Cancer Trust and Women’s Refuge. We are hoping to offer beach cleaning as a volunteering day. Here are some comments from our new charities:
|Anton Skinner, Director of Jersey Focus on Mental Health said: “We are very pleased to have been selected as one of the charities to be supported by Deloitte in 2010. The charity is busy with several important new projects and the help is therefore very timely.”|
Helen Haynes of Jersey Teenage Cancer Trust commented: “Teenage Cancer Trust is absolutely delighted to be one of Deloitte’s chosen charities in Jersey this year. With support from organisations such as this we are able to make a huge difference to young people with cancer and in particular, those living in Jersey. The Teenage Cancer Trust Jersey Appeal has had great success so far and has enabled us to open a two bed facility for young people needing cancer treatment in Southampton as well as a new Bone Marrow Transplant unit which opens this month. The final phase of our building project is the development of a 10-bed Teenage Cancer Trust unit. We want teenagers in Jersey to receive the best possible care and professional support while fighting cancer. Thanks to the staff at Deloitte, this goal can become a reality."
Lorna Kearney of Jersey Women’s Refuge added: “It is wonderful to be one of the charities chosen by the staff of Deloitte to benefit from their fundraising efforts this year. We are delighted to have this opportunity to highlight the work of the Refuge and the services we offer”.