At William Buck, we aspire to create positive change for our clients, our people, and the wider community. We use the phrase ‘Changing Lives’ which recognises that everything we do has the potential to make a change, be it big or small.
Each year William Buck New Zealand undertakes a Changing Lives Team Challenge. This challenge aims to create positive change for our employees by improving our health and wellbeing. Late in 2020, teams were challenged to walk 4 million steps with the goal to walk 3,000kms – that’s the equivalent of walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Some of us made it, many of us came close.
However, it was not just about changing lives for ourselves, it was also about changing lives for others. Making donations to community organisations who positively impact the lives of New Zealanders is always part of our annual challenge.
In 2020, our teams chose to make donations to several deserving New Zealand charities put forward by members of staff. Our Tauranga team was pleased to recently present donation cheques to three Bay of Plenty charities when they visited us at our new workspace at The Kollective.
The charities were:
Brain Injured Children Trust which empowers families/Whanau by providing life changing resources to enhance the quality of life for their brain injured children.
Tauranga Living Without Violence which supports the victims and perpetrators of family violence through specialist individual support and group programs.
Envirohub Bay of Plenty which is one of 17 Environment Centres around NZ aimed at helping local communities learn about and take action on environmental issues that support a sustainable future.
Richard Dey, who leads the Tauranga office, said “Our team really embraced the challenge this year and we were delighted to be able to make three donations to such worthy causes. It was wonderful to meet with representatives from each of the charities and to hear how our donation will make a difference to the work they are doing.”
In Auckland, we were pleased to make a $4,000 donation to Kenzie’s Gift who help young kiwis and their families affected by cancer, serious illness or loss. Staff also chose to make donations to a number of other local charities to support the great work they do in our community.
Changing Lives is present in everything we do at William Buck. It has allowed us to build a firm that’s been making a positive difference for 125 years in New Zealand and across Australia. We are proud to support our community and make a positive impact on people’s live.