Meet our 2020 Good Cause Grants recipients
Our employees nominated six charities to receive our $5,000 Good Cause Grants to support the health and wellbeing of the communities in which we live and work.
Each year, our employees across the nib Group are given the opportunity to nominate a charity important to them to receive a helping hand. Since our Good Cause Grants started in 2015, we've provided $140,000 to 28 worthy causes.
This year, our employees nominated 19 charities for their chance to receive a grant. Out of the charities nominated, only six could receive a grant and it was up to our employees to vote.
We're proud to support the charities our employees are passionate about, especially at a time when the charity sector is under immense pressure due to Covid-19.
Almost 1,000 votes later, the recipients of our 2020 Good Cause Grants are …
CareFlight: CareFlight's mission is to save lives, speed recovery and serve the community by providing the highest standard of rapid response critical care. CareFlight operate Emergency and Rescue services, patient care and transfer, training and education including emergency response training for remote and regional communities, innovation and aeromedicine research.
"My husband works for CareFlight and he shares his stories after every shift, sometimes he is a little emotional. When taking an elderly gentleman who was on his last trip home, both him and Dave had a cry together. The gentleman wrote to CareFlight a thank you letter for the care he received along with a donation." __Nominated by Racheal, nib Hospital Relationship Manager __
Jenny's Place: Since 1977, Jenny's Place has been helping women and children in the Newcastle area to find safety. Jenny's Place provides accommodation for women and children who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing domestic violence in the Newcastle area, as well as much needed support and information about services available to help keep women and their children safe.
"The outreach service is run on donations alone, and the turn-away rate from the refuge remains high." __Nominated by Amanda, nib Retail Centre Team Leader __
Got Your back Sista: Got Your Back Sista offers benevolent relief and support to women and children escaping domestic violence and at risk of living below the poverty line, with a focus on providing pathways to sustainable independent living and employment.
"I have seen the impact of Domestic Violence on families, Got Your Back Sista provides a much needed service, helping women and their children to live without fear." Nominated by Kristy, nib Knowledge Management Manager
Surf Life Saving New Zealand: Surf Life Saving are the guardians of NZ's 15,000 kilometres of coastline throughout the summer months and are not government funded. On average 3.5 million people will visit a beach in NZ every year and we have a high drowning rate compared to other OECD countries.
"I want to live in a country where we can all go to the beach or spend time in the water knowing we are safe. This charity is personal to me as I lost my Father through drowning." Nominated by Hannah Harris, nib Customer Care Team Leader
Human and Hope Association: Human and Hope Association is an Australian charity that raises funds to support its partner charity of the same name, a locally run grassroots community centre in Cambodia, focusing on education, vocational training and community development programs, empowering Cambodians to address inequalities and alleviate poverty.
"I am the Ambassador for HHA. I believe in their work, as it addresses the root causes of poverty in Cambodia. Khmer classes give children an opportunity to thrive in their own culture through essential language skills." Nominated by Kim, World Nomads Senior Podcast Producer
WaterAid: Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene transform lives. WaterAid Australia work in over 30 countries, enabling millions of people each year to obtain clean water, close to home, improving the lives of each member of these communities, particularly women and children. We are pleased to build on the many years of support provided by our nib Travel initiative Footprints, who have funded many WaterAid projects to help people live dignified, healthy lives
"I had the extreme pleasure to travel with WaterAid to visit their operations in Dili 5 years ago. The empowerment given to local communities in building local water stations has a profound impact, especially for women and children." Nominated by Vicki, nib Travel Product Development Manager
This year we've also awarded a wildcard grant to Pieta, nominated by our team in Ireland. Pieta provides mental health support to people and communities in times of crisis, a charity that needs our support now more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to each and every nib employee who continue to help us live out our nib value of making the world a better place.