Perth organisations dig in to help Bethanie as part of National Volunteer Week

Don Miranda, Beyond Bank Community Development Manager Georgie Nicholas, Bethanie chief executive Chris How and Dominique Cusato.
Don Miranda, Beyond Bank Community Development Manager Georgie Nicholas, Bethanie chief executive Chris How and Dominique Cusato.

TWELVE senior staff from seven of Perth’s largest organisations lent a helping hand at a Bethanie morning tea as part of National Volunteer Week.

This year’s theme is ‘Give a little. Change a lot’.

Staff from RAC, Woodside, Bankwest, Shell, Beyond Bank, Deloitte and Alcoa came together at the West Perth Social Centre on Monday , to serve about 15 social centre clients and participate in games with them.

The businesses form part of The Corporate Volunteer Council run by Volunteering WA.

Volunteering WA chief executive Tina Williams said it was wonderful to see employees volunteer their time to help others.

“The spirit of the event is these executives coming together to make a difference,” she said.

“When we see this occur in so many businesses in Western Australia, the impact is huge.”

She said 63 per cent of large companies have a workplace-volunteering program, 30 per cent of mid-sized businesses, and six per cent of small businesses have them.

Bethanie chief executive Chris How acknowledged the more than 500 volunteers that contribute their time to the aged care facility.

“We simply couldn’t operate without (them),” he said.

National Volunteer Week ends May 27.

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