Engaging with and supporting various groups in the communities where we operate is fundamental for a business focused on long-term relationships and sustainable growth.
The Goodman Foundation supports social initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life, health and education, and standard of living of the people within our neighbourhoods. It is funded by the Manager with no direct costs borne by the Trust.
Through the Foundation and other fundraising, we have provided almost $400,000 of financial support over the last 12 months. We have also contributed to local organisations through the donation of equipment, volunteering and in-kind programmes.
Our relationships with KiwiHarvest, Cerebral Palsy Society of NZ, Duffy Books in Homes, The Rising Foundation, The Hearing House and the Second Nature Charitable Trust are continuing to make a meaningful difference to our communities.
This year we also added Great Potentials and the Tania Dalton Foundation to our list of partnerships.
Further contributions were made to ADC New Zealand, Cure Kids, Diabetes New Zealand, Life Centre Trust, Middlemore Hospital Audiology, Movember, Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House.
KiwiHarvest is a food rescue organisation that collects and redistributes perishable food that would otherwise be consigned to landfill. The food is delivered to charities and social organisations for redistribution to those in need. For the 2017 calendar year the food rescue charity collected and redistributed 568,334 kgs of food, the equivalent of 1,623,811 meals, to 192 recipient agencies. It’s an exceptional effort made possible through contributions from 180 food donors and 200 volunteers.
Steptember is the global fundraising initiative of Cerebral Palsy Alliance where Goodman is the exclusive global partner. It’s a month-long event that gives participants a target of walking 10,000 steps a day, while raising money for local Cerebral Palsy charities. In New Zealand, Goodman staff participated and larger customers were invited to join. In total, there were 492 individual entries, made up of 23 teams from Goodman and another 100 from businesses within the portfolio. The local Goodman team raised over $25,000 for the charity.
Tania was an inspirational sportswoman and Goodman is proud to be an inaugural sponsor of the Foundation set up to continue her legacy. The aim of the charity is to deliver financial and mentoring support to young kiwi athletes who face circumstantial hardship. The programme will help these individuals achieve their potential, develop as people and make a difference in their communities. Goodman is funding a three-year scholarship for promising basketball player and secondary school student Sharne Pupuke-Robati from Auckland.
Men’s health was the focus in November with Goodman participating in the Movember challenge for the first time. Employees were encouraged to support the initiative by growing moustaches and raising money for the charity. They were also invited to attend a men’s health seminar that covered a range of topics including prostate and testicular cancer, smoking, alcohol, weight and cardiovascular risk. The team raised over $30,000 – a great success. In recognition of the effort, Robert Dunne from Movember came to the Goodman office to thank staff and to present a certificate to Goodman for being the highest fundraiser in the country.