As part of our commitment to our ‘60 Acts of Kindness’ celebration, a group of our staff recently volunteered to help the charity Network Heaven. Established in 2000 by one of our clients Anne Salvador, Network Heaven aims to bring relief to the poor in the third world and in particular children who are in need, through the collection and distribution of donated items. Anne has led this charity for the past 17 years and this year on Australia Day, was awarded and Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her humanitarian efforts to the international community.
The team volunteered across two weekends in September to assist Network Heaven with the special project of preparing and packing ‘gift packs’ to send to underprivileged women and orphanages in Sri Lanka in time for Christmas.
These gift packs were designed to provide essential items for the new school year together with some toiletry items, a new set of clothes and underwear and a small toy or novelty item.
We had an enormous task ahead of us – to pack 3,500 gift packs which included donated soaps, washers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, school supplies, toys and clothes, which all had to be individually unpacked out of their commercial packaging, then repacked into small bags ready for the gift box assembly.
With great team work, we achieved our goal and all our Allan Hall staff involved were appreciative that they were able to have the opportunity to work with Anne and the Network Heaven team, to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.
We would like to thank all our Allan Hall team for a fantastic effort, with particular mention to Al Shepherd, who has been heavily involved in the packing operations of the project during this time too.
To reach our goal of at achieving at least 60 Acts of Kindness in our 60th year of operation, we are on the hunt to give back to our clients and community who have supported Allan Hall over the years.
If you have a suggestion for a recipient for our 2017 fundraising efforts that you would like us to consider, we would love to hear from you.
If you would like some further information on the Network Heaven charity or how you could get involved, please contact Allan Hall on +61 2 9981 2300 and ask for Michaela Malicki.