At Vocus, our charitable activities are centred on getting involved, giving back and we are passionately committed to making a difference.
We do so in a variety of ways:
Telco together foundation
The Vocus business supports a number of charities. One of our national partners is the Telco Together Foundation. The Telco Together Foundation (‘TTF’) was seeded in 2011 by our former Chairman, Vaughan Bowen. TTF unites Australian IT&T companies for the purpose of fundraising for a number of key charities that support communities in need, focussing on mental health, homelessness, refugees and indigenous communities. All leading Australian telecommunications companies are members of the TTF.
We supply the TTF with office space and supplies and pay a yearly membership fee of $50,000. In addition, we support TTF fundraising in a number of ways, including taking them to our annual channel partner conference to host a fundraising event, and through our Workplace Giving Program. The 2016 Commander channel partner conference generated donations to the TTF in excess of $450,000.
Workplace volunteering and giving
Vocus offers to all permanent Team Members the right to spend two days doing paid voluntary work each year. We also run a workplace giving scheme where Team Members can make a regular charitable donation to the Telco Together Foundation through our payroll. We have generated over $42,000 of donations through this scheme.
We have a partnership with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to support and raise funds to aid in brightening the lives of sick kids across Australia. We provide funding for remote paediatric clinic visits, and a ‘fly in/fly out’ clinic in partnership with the Northern Territory Department of Health, providing specialist paediatric care to remote indigenous communities, with the fun, interactive and educational presence of the Starlight Captains. We also support the Starlight Foundation’s Bush Week, a series of shows with health and lifestyle messages delivered to schools in remote communities that Starlight visits in partnership with NT Health Department pediatricians.
Vocus Scholarship with Charles Darwin University
We have funded two scholarships of $5,000 each for students enrolled in IT subjects at Charles Darwin University. The scholarship is intended to cover course fees and laptops, and we also provide a broadband connection to scholarship recipients for the duration of their course. We also offer a paid work experience placement of a minimum of two weeks to help the recipients in developing their workplace skills and networks.
As part of our commitment to innovation we are the naming rights sponsor of the Vocus Upstart program, and made a contribution towards the running costs of this initiative. In July 2015 eight startup businesses based in Western Australia were selected to receive seed funding from the program of $40,000 each, in return for 8% equity. The program runs for three months and gives participants access to a dedicated working space and access to a large network of mentors. Participants commit to full time participation during the program to help further develop their ideas and commercialise their technology.
For more information on Vocus Upstart please click here.
Charitable contributions in Manila
We have a significant number of team members in Manila as the largest base of our customer service and inside sales teams. They have participated in the following community activities this year:
- Blood donation drive in connection with St. Luke’s medical centre
- Rehabilitation of the Karangalan park and playground
- Christmas carols and donation collection for the Children’s Joy Foundation
- 500 participants in the Million Volunteer Run, promoting the Philippine Red Cross