Supporting our communities
23 July 2012
The Boyce Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program was established in 2010 to encourage directors and team members to formalise our commitment to ensuring a positive impact on the communities in which we work and live.
The CSR program is very much driven by the Boyce team; all play a role in determining the direction of the program, the activities undertaken and the causes to support. This shared vision has enabled us to focus efforts in areas where we believe we can make a real and significant difference.
Since the inception of the program, the Boyce CSR Focus Group has been tracking the level of support the firm provides via donations to local charities and events, and through honorary accounting and audit activities for local community-based organisations. The combined level of support across both areas grew from $139,232 in 2010 to $150,706 in 2011. We expect the figures for 2012 (once collated) will continue the rising trend of the past two years.
This above is just one aspect of the firm’s CSR program. As well, each year we support a key cause – the Country Education Foundation of Australia; and a key fundraising event – the City 2 Surf Challenge.
Over the past three years via the City 2 Surf
Challenge, we have raised $28,000 for the Cure for Life Foundation (2009 and 2010), and $18,000 for Angel Flight (2011). In 2012 we are hoping to raise a similar amount for the Burns Support Foundation (the organisation that has been chosen by our team to receive support this year). Of course our fundraising success has been made possible through the generous support of clients, colleagues, family and friends.
Individually and collectively the Boyce team has been involved in a huge range of community activities during the past year – below are some highlights:
Relay For Life – Dubbo
Boyce Dubbo once again entered a team of enthusiastic walkers in the Dubbo Relay for Life event to raise funds for the Cancer Council. This event brings the whole community together for a night of fun, entertainment, celebration and of course remembrance for those who have been touched by cancer. The team raised $3,335 for this worthwhile cause, beating their previous year’s record of $2,500.
Moree and Wagga Wagga Floods
The floods in Moree in December 2011 and January 2012, and in Wagga Wagga in February 2012 had devastating effects for many people in these communities, and of course we wanted to help in some way. Fundraising barbeques, morning tea events and “guess the number of jelly beans in the jar” competitions were the order of the day across all the Boyce offices. We were proud to be able to present a cheque for $4,000 to the Salvation Army in Moree to in some small way assist affected people in these communities.
Dancing with the Cooma Stars
Elizabeth Timmins, our inimitable Superannuation Strategist from Boyce Cooma, put it all on the line when she agreed to participate in the “Dancing with the Cooma Stars” competition to raise funds for the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research (MCCR).
The MCCR was initially established by Jackie Sellars (wife of Boyce Wagga Director, Simon Sellars) after her Mother died following a five year long battle with cancer. Elizabeth threw herself enthusiastically into both the dancing and the fundraising for this year’s event and managed to raise more than $21,000 for this worthwhile cause. The whole event raised $185,000 for the MCCR - a fantastic result.
Art in the Woolshed – Goulburn
Boyce Goulburn was the major sponsor of the “Art in the Woolshed” event held in March 2012 in support of the Goulburn and District Education Foundation, an organisation that provides funds and mentoring to young people in rural areas to assist in their pursuit of educational and career opportunities.
The event was attended by 300 people who participated in the art auction and enjoyed food prepared by the hospitality students of Goulburn High School accompanied by local wines. Artists were kind enough to donate a minimum of 50% of their sale prices to the cause. The event was a great success and raised $30,000 for the local Education Foundation.
Meals on Wheels
The Boyce Dubbo and Goulburn teams donate their time on a regular basis to assist elderly people to remain in their homes, by delivering Meals on Wheels. The teams have a rotating roster where two people spend two hours each month participating in this activity and all involved say how rewarding it has been to be able to do this.
Next on the Agenda
Our team continues to come up with new and exciting ways to raise funds - look out for our latest venture – our very own cookbook. “Boyce Bites” will be on sale soon with all money raised going to support the Burns Support Foundation. Visit our City 2 Surf fundraising page if you would like to donate to this great cause.
Next on the agenda for the Boyce CSR Focus Group is to develop guidelines around how we as a firm can reduce our impact on the environment.
We are very proud of the enthusiastic commitment of our team to the CSR program and thank our clients, families and friends for your continued support.
Beth Hoskins – Associate Director Boyce Goulburn
Boyce CSR Focus Group