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Forward Thinking Magazine : August 2010
39 Written by Anna Le Masurier, Macquarie Group Foundation Above: Macquarie Sydney Banking and Financial Ser vices staff from left: Erin Lee, Jeremy Balkin, Tania Read, Georgina Gilber t and Campbell Vidgen. Opposite page from left: David Rickards, Wayne Leamon, Matt Rady and Chris Smith (all Macquarie staff) and Jamie Angus who is a friend of Matt’s. For example, Australian staff have supported the national welfare organisation Mission Australia in several different ways during the last 12 months: holding a working bee at a crisis shelter, collecting toiletries for homeless services and fundraising for a purpose- built homeless facility. This volunteering complements the funding the Foundation will continue to provide to Mission Australia’s Research and Social Policy Unit during the next two years – enabling the organisation to continue influencing Government, the not-for-profit sector and the wider community in delivering responses to emerging social need. One of Macquarie’s key community partners, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), has enjoyed Macquarie’s staff fundraising and awareness- building from opposite ends of the world during the last couple of months. Recently, staff across Australia participated in the annual Spin to Cure Diabetes, spending 40 minutes in teams riding a stationary bike as fast as they can, to raise money for the cause. In Sydney, Jeremy Balkin took out the title of highest individual fundraiser, raising $6,456, while staff from Macquarie’s Adelaide and Melbourne offices also participated in the 40-minute stationary bike race in their cities. In total, more than $36,000 was raised through the Spin events. A Ride to Cure Diabetes held in South Australia, which drew BFS staff from around Australia to participate in a 35-160km cycle ride, raised more than $82,000. In Canada, a Calgary staff member raised more than $C15,000 while Macquarie staff in London and Bristol also joined the JDRF fundraising fray, competing in UK Spin to Cure Diabetes events in those cities. Five staff members also cycled from London to Paris in June, raising a further $25,000 for JDRF.