On 19 October, Budget Direct North Lakes contact centre staff put down their headsets and put on their walking shoes as they set out on a 72km walk-a-thon to raise funds for abused and neglected children.
Sponsored by their colleagues, 10 staff took turns to complete 144 laps of the oval outside the North Lakes Contact Centre. One dedicated staff member on holiday in New York completed a section of the walk-a-thon through Central Park.
Budget Directs Melanie Webber, said the entire team felt compelled to contribute in some way and this prompted the idea of a staff walk-a-thon.
After watching Act for Kids video, it really hit home when you realise how many children are suffering. It was almost impossible to sit back and not do anything. Its a sad fact that many children dont have a loving and caring family around them.
The walk-a-thon has really brought the team together and has inspired the other departments to get involved next time. It is also very humbling and satisfying to know that our funds raised are for a fantastic cause. Were already thinking about what we can do to help Act for Kids next year, she said.
Budget Direct has supported Act for Kids for a number of years, but this year it stepped up its commitment, setting a target in June to raise $50,000 over 12 months through staff and management donations. Just four months later this target was reached and a $50,000 cheque was presented to Act for Kids at Budget Directs end of year party held on 12 October.
Despite hitting the target early, Budget Direct will continue to fundraise for Act for Kids through sponsored staff activities. Funds raised will help support Act for Kids intensive therapy programs for children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and support services for families at risk.
We would like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to the entire team for their incredible achievement, for not only taking part in this physical challenge but for also helping us to continue working with children and families who need our help most.