CSL Behring Australia and New Zealand has made a pledge that every year we will award two $10,000 Giving for Good community grants.
In mid-2017 we selected our first Giving for Good partner – The Salvation Army. At a town Hall held at our Docklands office, Brendan Nottle - Commanding Officer, spoke about several programs implemented by the Salvation Army. CSL Behring ANZ voted to support the Salvation Army’s Hamodava Café. Every day the Hamodava Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for around 200 of Melbourne’s homeless and disadvantaged people, and at night it provides a safe and warm space in which people can sleep. So far, our team has decided to use their annual CSL Volunteer Day to work at the Hamodava Cafe
More recently CSL Behring ANZ selected our second community partner – the Australian Red Cross (ARC) - the parent organisation of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. The Blood Service collects blood and plasma donations made by Australia’s voluntary donors, and CSL Behring fractionates the plasma from these donations under the National Fractionation Agreement for Australia. Following a presentation from the ARC we voted to support the ARC’s Trauma Teddies initiative. Trauma teddies are hand knitted by ARC volunteers, and our $10,000 Giving for Good grant will be directed towards buying wool and stuffing. ARC volunteers hand out Trauma Teddies to people who simply need something to hang onto following being involved in a time of terrible trauma.
Moving forward, each year CSL Behring ANZ will review our community partnerships, and the programs they offer that we have chosen to support, and decide as a team whether we will continue our support or select a new community partner/program.