We encourage our employees to volunteer and fundraise for charitable projects and all permanent staff are given two days volunteer leave per annum. Staff are also able to apply for the equivalent of 100GBP match funding for all donations they raise.
The Aberdeen Charitable Foundation plays a key role in each region that our employees live and work and many of the grants donated to support local communities provide volunteering experiences for our staff.
Global Volunteering Day
Friday 15 May 2015 was Aberdeen’s Global Volunteering day with over 200 people from 20 cities taking part in a range of activities to coincide with the UK charity Business in the Community’s ‘Give & Gain' Day.
This is what we did:
Aberdeen has been the major sponsor of the Whitelion charity's Bail Out event in Sydney for three years. This year, two of our staff, Michael Cole and Aravinda Jayaram, spent a night in an old juvenile detention centre as part of a fund and awareness raising event for youths involved in, or at risk of being involved in, the juvenile justice system. Two staff, Lucy Garth and Ranthir Sundravel, also assisted on the night.
Another group from Aberdeen — Olivia Yanni, Andrew Kophamel, James Mcpherson, Grant Leslie, Ramone Moody, Jonathan Mann and Lochlann Kerr — participated in a gruelling "Battlefield Challenge" fundraising event in support of another of our major charity partners, Autism Spectrum Australia.
In continued support of the Hong Chi Association, a fund-raising wine auction took place on 15 May in our Hong Kong office. Staff contributed wine, champagne, and whisky for bids. The auction proceeds will buy tins of Hong Chi Gourmet Cookies, which were made by people with intellectual disabilities the Association sponsors, under the supervision of an experienced pastry chef. We have been supporting the Association since 2012.
The Aberdeen Tokyo office conducted a charity food & sweets sale. All proceeds will go towards the Nepal Earthquake appeal.
Twelve staff from our Kuala Lumpur office showed their skills in the kitchen by preparing a sumptuous meal for the women and children of Rumah Solehah. Rumah Solehah is a halfway house for underprivileged women, children and orphans established by the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia (PPIM).
Upon arriving at Rumah Solehah, we were greeted with expectant smiles as we prepared to serve lunch followed by some light refreshments. This was followed by interaction between the children and staff members which was enjoyed by everyone involved.
Eighteen staff braved a 5.30am start to volunteer at the Willing Hearts’ Soup Kitchen. Willing Hearts is a non-profit organisation providing meals to Singapore’s most disadvantaged and elderly. Over five hours, the team helped prepare a total 4870 meals. This is the second year that Aberdeen staff have volunteered at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen.
Both Aberdeen Taipei and Kaohsiung office staff volunteered at Harmony Home Association Taipei (HHAT) and Pingtung shelters respectively on 15th May 2015. HHAT is dedicated to raising HIV/AIDS awareness and education as well as providing shelter to HIV patients. Along with providing entertainment, helping to clean house and sharing a buffet lunch together, Aberdeen also raised funds to support HHAT.
Aberdeen staff visited Ongkharak Hospital at Nakornnayok, a small public hospital with 60 inpatient rooms in a rural area serving disadvantaged people. The hospital receives limited funding from the government, and is frequently understaffed and under supplied. Last year Aberdeen’s fundraising helped to improve maternity care and create new accommodation. For this visit, Aberdeen staff donated essential tinned and dry foods.