Hesperia In the Community
December 17, 2021
Hesperia is committed to integrating sustainability throughout the business. Our approach to sustainability extends beyond our Net Zero Commitment into our day-to-day operations and our commitment to supporting local communities, ensuring every aspect of the business contributes to a sustainable community and economy.
Supporting this, the Hesperia team actively takes part in fundraising activities over the course of the year to support the communities in which we operate.
Our Health and Wellness Committee held its inaugural R U OKAY? Day in September, helping foster positive conversation around mental health. This lunch was an opportunity to come together and encourage the team to regularly check-in and support each other. In collaboration with the Philanthropy Committee and through our donation-matching program, Hesperia was pleased to match the donations made by staff to support the R U OKAY? charity and cause. The Committee continues to focus on strengthening the care, awareness and education of employee wellbeing by providing access to information, resources and ongoing training.
Items from our 2021 Christmas fundraiser have been delivered to the women and children currently residing at RUAH Community Services and Starick’s domestic violence refuges. These donations will help provide many Perth children with a gift to open this year on Christmas day. A sincere thank you to our staff for their generosity and significant donations made to families experiencing domestic violence.
Next week, we’re taking on the Cancer Council’s ‘The Longest Day’ initiative. This event is the ultimate golf challenge to complete four rounds of golf in one day – 72 holes. Two in three Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, and we want to help change this. Next year, Hesperia will also be entering two teams into the Rottnest Channel Swim as well as a team in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth events in 2022.
THE LONGEST DAY
On December 20, the Hesperia team is going to brave the heat at Cottesloe Golf Club to raise funds for Cancer Council’s The Longest Day. The Longest Day is the ultimate golf challenge designed to test skill, strength and stamina. The challenge is to successfully complete four rounds of golf from dawn to dusk, raising funds for Cancer Council.
Our team is aiming to raise $10,000 and awareness for this cause. You can donate and find out more information here.
Team Hesperia includes:
ROTTNEST CHANNEL SWIM
Hesperia has entered two teams into the 19.7km Rottnest Channel Swim in February next year, with funds raised to go to Starlight Foundation.
The Hammerheads and Hurricanes will take part in the annual open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island, with participants including Development Director Ian Smyth, Development Managers Corey Scidone, Gemma Davis and Harry Seward, Associate Rob Tucker, Analysts Jack Durward and Jack Varney and Graduate Gabe Jones.
RIDE FOR YOUTH
Hesperia has sponsored the Hawaiian Ride for Youth since 2018 and is an Official Partner of the event. The annual ride from Albany to Perth requires cyclists to ride over 700km across four and half days, raising funds and awareness to support Youth Focus and its mental health services.
During the ride through towns in the State’s South West, Great Southern and Wheatbelt, participants visit high schools to educate students on issues of youth suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm, and the services that Youth Focus provides.
In March next year, Project Accountant Gráinne Byrne and Data Analytics Lead Tim Sondalini will be representing our team, accompanied by riders from multiple organisations that work with Hesperia. Training has well and truly commenced with our team riding between 160 to 300km together each week, on top of their individual training.
If you, or someone you know, needs mental health support or is experiencing domestic or family violence, help is available.
13 11 14 – Lifeline Australia
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – National sexual assault and domestic violence helpline
1800 007 339 – WA Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline