Why is charity important to us?
The purpose of the Sirius People Charity Committee is to give back to the community, and raise awareness and funds for the causes we are passionate about. We believe in supporting ALL people's success, including those less fortunate.
Since Sirius People began in 2003, giving back to the community has played a huge role in who we are as a company. For many of our consultants, the main draw of working in recruitment is helping people every day. To us, we’re not just finding a job for an individual or filling a role for a client - we’re supporting people’s success. This dedication extends beyond our offices.
Every year, we participate and donate to a number of charitable organisations in Australia. We also encourage our team to let us know about any causes they’re passionate about.
Our Siriusly Charitable Tribe, which is run by Annabel, and Donna, sent around a survey to our consultants to see what charitable causes they were most passionate about. This year, Sirius People will primarily participate and donate to charities with a focus on mental health, homelessness and vulnerable children, the environment, domestic violence and cancer.
Here are some of the causes we've supported recently:
Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon
For our 16 year anniversary, a small team from Sirius People ran in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon 2019 to raise funds for Hands Across The Water. We have worked with the charity a few times to raise funds for their latest project, Hands Designs, which is a sustainable revenue stream for their orphanages.
Every November, Jeremy is joined by a small team from Sirius People to bike 82 km to raise funds for people living with multiple sclerosis through The MS Gong Ride. The course begins in Tempe, passes through Stanwell Tops, the Royal National Park, Sea Cliff Bridge, and finishes in Wollongong.
Fiver For A Farmer
Farmers across Australia are facing record dry conditions. As costs spiral and conditions worsen, children are missing school to help out on their farms and some families are struggling to put food on the table.
Although we missed the awareness day on August 13, it's never too late to raise awareness and money for a good cause. On August 31, 2018, the Sirius offices dressed up as farmers and brought in "a fiver for a farmer" for the cause. Sirius People will also be participating in Sober October, with all expenses that would've been spent on the office beer fridge going to Australian farmers.
OzChild is the longest-serving charitable organization for children and families in Victoria. Now a national charity, OzChild supports vulnerable children across Australia and offers a number of services including foster care, and disability, Indigenous and education services.
On July 6, 2018, a team from Sirius People played in the Recruitment World Cup to raise funds for the charity. Sadly, Team Sirius did not win the tournament, but we did win the trophy for “Team That Donated The Most Money”. Our company donated over $2,600 for OzChild, with more than $15K raised overall!
Darkness Into Light | Pieta House
Darkness Into Light (DIL) is an annual walk that takes place around the world at sunrise to raise awareness and funds to help those who self-harm or are in suicidal distress. The event is hosted by Pieta House, a Dublin-based charitable organization that is mainly run by fundraising and volunteers.
On May 12th, 2018, a small team from Sirius People joined 150,000 others from around the world to walk in support of this incredible charity and fundraised over $500 for the cause.
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea | Cancer Council
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is an annual charity event that raises funds to support those affected by cancer, disease prevention, cancer research, and advocate for changes in law and policy to reduce cancer risks and improve cancer care.
On May 24, 2018, our Sydney and Melbourne offices joined Cancer Council for the second time in raising funds for this amazing charitable organization. We brought in our best tea, cakes and finger sandwiches, and raised over $100 both years!
Hands Across The Water
Hands Across The Water was originally formed in response to the countless Thai children who were left homeless and alone by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. Since then, it’s become a charitable organization that gives at-risk Thai children and communities a helping hand. Their projects are tailored to meet each community’s long-term needs.
Best of all, 100% of donations go directly to the kids and their communities. No donations go toward administration, staff costs, marketing or fundraising in Australia.
On April 3rd, 2017, Sirius People joined the charity’s annual Ride To Provide cycling challenge. For 5 days, our consultants and management rode over 1,000 km on two stationary bikes in the office, raising over $5,000. All donations from the cycling challenge were sent to sponsor Kannika through her final year of university.
Thanks to our friends at Harvey Norman, Hisense and Smeg, Sirius People also ran two major prize raffles in tandem with Ride To Provide to raise even more money for Kannika. For every $50 donated, donors received a raffle ticket and went into the draw of their choice to win one of two prizes.
The first raffle prize was a 50” Hisense UHD Series 3 Television with 4K Ultra High Definition. The second raffle prize was a 60 cm stainless steel 15 place settings Smeg dishwasher.