Apis In The Community (AITC) half year in reviewFebruary 20, 2019
It’s been a busy six months for us at Apis, and we’re proud of all we have achieved. As we reflect on our successes, we acknowledge that these achievements would not be possible without the support of those around us. Giving back to our community is a fundamental part of who Apis is an organisation, and we encourage all our staff to get involved in a range of events which they feel passionate about. AITC helps to coordinate these efforts to ensure we make a meaningful contribution to those around us.
The Apis Canberra International bounced into action (27th of October through to the 4th of November), attracting over 11,000 fans, eager to watch 111 players from 19 countries battle it out on court. The finals drew capacity crowd, and saw Olivia Rogowska and Matthew Ebden claim top spots, with Apis Chairman Anthony Honeyman, presenting awards to the victors. The event donated 100 tennis racquets to local children on Kids Tennis Day, and a host of activities kept the whole family entertained. The Apis team held a sausage sizzle at the tournament which raised funds for Menslink, with $1200 being donated to this very worthy cause. Well done team!
November is always a busy month for us, and this year proved to be no exception. The Apis team, clients and guests gathering together for our monthly breakfast, and were fortunate to have the CEO of Menslink, Martin Fisk, shed some light on the challenges faced by young Canberran men. Members of the Apis team showed their support by taking a part in Movember, with some fascinating facial hair being grown to support the cause. Special mentions to Arhia Mirghasemi, Alexander Tome and Jeremy Woodhill, who raised over $2000 for the cause! Amazing!
Drought stricken families across country NSW had a tough 2018, facing fires and the ongoing drought, with many wheat crops failing across the region. Our Operations team showed their support to those doing it tough by coordinating a fundraising drive in partnership with the Adopt a Farming Family initiative. Apis staff jumped onboard, donating enough goods to ensure three local families’ festive seasons were full of cheer, in the hope that those who were struggling due to circumstances beyond their control had their communities’ support.
Every year the Mix106.3 team holds a Special Children’s Christmas party, one of seven such events held across the nation. This years’ Canberra based event was held at Thoroughbred Park and attended by children and their families who are facing serious illness, physical or intellectual impairment, domestic violence or living in underprivileged circumstances. There were smiles all round as children took part in a wide range of activities, with the bouncy castles and face painting quickly being overshadowed as Santa made his entrance! It was wonderful to see the event being supported by approximately 150 volunteers who handed out toys, helped with catering, organized activities and ensured the safety of the attendees. Apis continues to be a proud sponsor of this event, and we were thrilled to be able to make this it a memorable day for the families that attended.
With Christmas fast approaching, the Apis group gathered at Poachers Pantry, spending the evening together in beautiful surrounds, and taking time to enjoy each other’s company. We enjoyed wonderful wine and food, as well as the musical stylings of Tuchasoul, who put on a fantastic show that inspired many an Apis staffer to bust out their best dance moves! The evening provided us with the opportunity to continue our support of Menslink through our charity raffle, and we were delighted to have raised an additional $4000. A special thank you must go to Nikki from our Operations team who really outdid herself with making such a memorable night transpire. What a perfect sendoff to 2018!