Bethanie Social Contributions Bringing Big BenefitsJun 6,2018
Bethanie, Western Australia’s most recognised not-for-profit aged care and retirement living provider is making social contributions a focus for 2018, driving activities which are not part of Bethanie’s core business, but contribute greatly to the wellbeing of the community.
The latest impactful contribution is a group of 27 Bethanie staff members travelling to Cambodia from 2-9 June to take part in a ‘RAW Impact’ project. RAW Impact is an organization that is all about giving a voice to those who have none and creating powerful change in Cambodian Villages.
The trip will begin in Phnom Penh where they will work at Taskor Village, just across the Mekong River. They will then travel to Kratie Province to get stuck into project work in Ko Ki Village, and finish the trip exploring Siem Reap.
The 27 Bethanie staff members will provide hands on rural village developments through building and agricultural projects. They will also get to visit a variety of tourist sites in Phnom Penh, exploring the famous Angkor Temples in Siem Riep.
Bethanie Mission Manager David Van Leen says, “All the staff who are going are very excited to give back to the community, especially making a difference in a way where we can see our mission in action in a tangible way in Cambodia.”
Staff have had to cover their own costs for fees and travel expenses and also had to fund raise a minimum of $1,000 each which goes into the work on the RAW Impact project. The team has been meeting monthly to get prepared and are currently collecting additional items such as school books and stationary for the RAW Educate program, as well as stocking up on Aussie treats such as Vegemite and Tim Tams.
Bethanie is working with its staff to engage in social contributions via three different areas – practical support, financial support and personnel support. Practical support involves supplying goods or services to individuals or groups, financial support involves fundraising and financial contributions to individuals and groups and personnel support includes volunteering or help given by staff.
Bethanie CEO Chris How comments,
“As one of WA’s largest not-for-profit aged care and retirement living providers, we have a responsibility to give back where we can. Given the nature of our business is caring for people, our staff are typically very keen to support any initiative which will better the individual, the Bethanie community and the wider community. To this end, our staff are instrumental in the delivery of these propositions.
“The team will make a huge impact on the lives of those living in these two villages and will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Cambodian culture and way of life. Adventure awaits them, and we wish them luck!”
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