Apis In The Community (AITC) half year in review 2020January 21, 2020
It’s been a big six months for Apis in the Community, with a great start to the first half of the financial year and the announcement of brand new community partners that we’re excited to support. Our partnership with ACT Wildlife (http://actwildlife.net/) and Roundabout Canberra (https://roundaboutcanberra.org/) was welcomed by all within the Apis Group as causes that resonated with us on a personal and professional level. We also supported the Murray Family Care organisation for children in the Albury and Wodonga region while taking some time to reconnect with each other at our company conference, through the building and donation of ten bicycles to those who would otherwise go without.
We kicked off our fundraising efforts for ACT Wildlife by sponsoring the annual wildlife calendar, slinging snags at a Bunnings BBQs and providing pro-bono consulting services just to name a few. Staff unleashed their trivia-nerdiness in a night sponsored by Apis, which raised approximately $2,500! Apis matched this contribution dollar by dollar, and contributed an additional $1,000 in December through raffle ticket sales at our company Xmas party. These much-needed funds have contributed towards providing essential supplies such as specialist milk formulas, humidity cribs and large-scale projects like pre-release flight aviaries. Our staff have continued their support through Sewing Bee activities in the wake of recent bush-fires that have devastated so much bush land across the country.
The Apis Grow Bros and Co’s moustaches made their annual appearance for the fourth year running, once again reminding everyone of the importance of men’s health (and just how much a moustache can change someone’s appearance). A special shout out to Captain Jeremy Woodhill’s 2019 ‘mo’ which was inspired by the Brisbane River! AITC matched the team’s fundraising efforts, and we were proud to contributed over $5,100 to this worthy cause. November saw the launch of the Apis Canberra International Tennis season, and Apis in the Community was there handing out tennis racquets to the first hundred lucky kids who attended the event. We also put on a BBQ for attendees, providing much needed snacks for all tennis enthusiasts, and donated the $1,000 raised to Roundabout Canberra.
The AITC also encouraged each of us to take an active part in our own well-being through the sponsorship of 33 tram members who took part in the Sri Chinmoy Triple Triathlon. Team members achieved personal bests on one of the toughest sporting challenges held in Canberra each year, and we cheered them on to the finish line.
We look forward to continuing our support for the remainder of this financial year and making a difference to some very worthy causes!