Last month, over 100 Cisco Australia employees from Technical Services, Advanced Services, Service Sales as well as TAC, HR, IT & other functions took part in the Carnival of Change – a fun carnival themed event to launch the Cisco Global Hunger Relief Campaign (GHRC). The Cisco GHRC campaign is a food drive that runs until December 31st, 2013 with the aim of feeding the needy with proceeds in the New South Wales (NSW) region to go to the NSW Foodbank – a charity which aims to end hunger in Australia.
Giving back is something that is ingrained in Cisco’s culture and it was such a delight to see so many employees brave the rain at Gore Hill on the North Shore of Sydney on Nov. 12, 2013 to take part in the fundraising efforts on this day. Here are some of the great outcomes:
- Raised close to $3,600 in direct donations
- $1,500 in online donations, to be triple matched by Cisco
- Over 100 tinned meals to be donated to NSW Foodbank
- Logged almost 150 Australian volunteer hours towards the Cisco Global Hunger Relief Campaign
When we think about hunger we often think of faraway countries which are removed from our own society but the fact remains in Australia almost 110,000 people are seeking food relief each month and 40% are children. The situation is dire and as a result Cisco has set a goal to raise at least $1.4 million in employee donations through the Global Hunger Relief Campaign which will be matched twice, once by the Cisco Foundation and once by Chairman Emeritus John Morgridge’s TOSA Foundation. The goal has also been set for employees to volunteer at least 25,000 hours in total to the cause of world hunger.
With the busy holiday season fast approaching, Cisco is exceptionally proud of its staff for donating their time and helping to raise funds for a very important cause.