As part of our corporate culture, Robson Partners support a wide range of worthwhile causes and charitable organisations.
Robson Partners' encourages employee involvement in both community and international donation projects, complementing existing employee fund-raising up to a pre-determined amount. Robson Partners hope to create a better quality of life for the beneficiaries of the company's Donations Programs and ensure long-term, sustainable support for chosen charities.
Robson Partners' employees have shown their support for the local community for many years, making regular fortnightly contributions from their pay packet to benefit those in need. The funds raised by employees are dollar matched by Robson Partners, with that amount being dollar matched again by the Count Charitable Foundation.
Periodically, staff are asked to nominate preferred charitable organisations. From those nominated, one or two, are selected to receive the funds raised.
As an organisation we also participate in a charity chocolate fundraiser (which keeps the staff's 3pm chocolate cravings at bay and hopes to assist local charities).
Since December 2011, we have donated over $550.00 as part of our contribution to help charities to continue their work within the Community, such as Central Coast Kids in Need, Ronald McDonald House and Father Chris Riley's Youth off the Streets.
We look forward to continuing the chocolate money fundraising, and hope that our contribution can assist charities to continue their important work.
Orange Sky Laundry Charitable Donations 2018
Orange Sky Laundry is the world's first free mobile laundry service for the homeless the worthwhile recipient Robson Partners' donation for 2018.
A crazy idea hatched in 2014 by two 20 year old friends, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, saw them fit two washing machines and two dryers into the back of their old van, with the idea of washing and drying clothes of the homeless for free. Starting on the streets of Brisbane, Orange Sky has grown to 20 services across Australia, with more than 1,000 volunteers; now doing over 6.2 tonnes of laundry every week. Each $100,000 van is kitted out with two commercial washers and dryers, laundry baskets, hoses, a generator and water tanks. A van, affectionately named "Tumbles" operated here on the Central Coast.
Orange Sky sees the washing of someone's clothes as a catalyst for conversation that is non judgmental - just shooting the breeze and allowing people to make a gradual step back into society. In the 1 hour time it takes to wash and dry someone's clothes there is absolutely nothing to do but sit down on one of the 6 orange chairs and have a positive and genuine conversation with the everyday volunteers and everyday friends on the street. It gives a person dignity to be clean and to be able to interact in public and not be ostracised because you look dirty. It is a simple solution to connect the homeless with someone who listens to them, even if just for an hour.
If you would like to donate to Orange Sky Laundry, or to volunteer your time, please visit http://www.orangeskylaundry.com.au/
ASPECT Charitable Donations 2018
ASPECT Central Coast provides an evidence informed educational program for approximately 137 students with autism across the Central Coast region. ASPECT has been selected as one of three recipients of our donations for 2018.
Approximately one out of every 68 children is on the autism spectrum as of 2015. Autism has become 10 times as prevalent as it was 40 years ago, which is believed to be only partially due to increasing awareness of the condition and improved diagnoses.
Based in Terrigal, the school operates classes for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 for children between the ages of four and twelve. ASPECT's Early Interventions and Therapies program consists of a centre-based service and a home-based service.
The centre-based service offers a play-based program to children in their home with a teacher for half a day per fortnight, in addition to offering support to families. With the rising incidence and diagnosis of autism, demand for autism-specific schooling far exceeds what is available.
Like Cancer, autism will be touching each and every one of us in some way in the next 10 years. The funds donated to ASPECT will directly benefit children with autism and their families on the Central Coast.
If you would like to donate to this worthy foundation, please visit https://www.autismspectrum.org.au/donate/
Without A Ribbon Inc Charitable Donations 2018
'Without A Ribbon Inc' is a foundation that provides support and understanding to people who are struggling with the diagnosis of rare cancer, and was selected as one of the worthy recipients of our donations this year.
We met with Founder, Desiree Fraser, who was herself diagnosed with a rare cancer - Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma - in December 2009. The loneliness of having a rare cancer has had a large impact on her. Not being able to talk to people who understand; constantly having doctors tell her "I have never heard of your cancer", is a lonely road. Since being diagnosed, Desiree has undergone 25 separate operations and procedures, and over 60 sessions of Radiation and Hyperbaric Treatment. Desiree decided she did not want others ('Warriors') going through their journey alone.
The funds donated to 'Without A Ribbon' do not go to assisting in research for these rare cancers. It helps subsidise 'Warriors', enabling them to attend annual conferences, allowing them to meet, in some cases, someone for the first time, someone who has their type of cancer.
If you would like to donate to this worthy foundation, please visit http://www.withoutaribbon.org/
Coast Shelter Christmas Donations 2017
Rather than doing the usual 'Secret Santa' gift giving this year, the Robson Partners Team again voted to donate Christmas gifts to a local charity. Coast Shelter was nominated the worthy recipient - with gifts being delivered in the second week of December. We hope these gifts help make the festive season a little brighter for those in need.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
We hosted our annual Australia's Biggest Morning Tea on Tuesday, 6th June 2017, in support of raising money towards Cancer Council's work in research, education, prevention and support.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea offers the opportunity to come together and share a cuppa, whilst helping those affected by cancer.
Our clients and staff helped to raise over of $200 in order to try and help make a difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.
Coast Shelter Christmas Gift Donations 2016
Instead of doing the usual “Secret Santa” gift giving in the office this Christmas, staff agreed to buy "Secret Santa" gifts for a local charity! Coast Shelter was the popular suggestion and when contacted, they could not have been more delighted. They stressed that they were in desperate need of gifts for everyone, but particularly men and teenage boys. The staff responded and came up with some wonderful ideas, such as kit planes, basketballs, baseball caps, backpacks, manicure sets, toys, etc.
When the gifts were delivered to Coast Shelter were put under the Christmas tree. Coast Shelter were extremely grateful for our support and thanked the Team at Robson partners profusely. Staff hope their gifts will make Christmas a little brighter for those in need.
Oxfam - The 100 Kilometre Trek over 48 hours
On the 28th August, Client Service Manager, Debbie Bloffwitch, her daughter, Jaye, and Jaye's friends Emma and Sheri, all participated in the Oxfam 100 kilometre trek. The trail commenced at Parsley Bay in Brooklyn on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, following the 'Great North Walk' through Berowra Waters, Ku-ring-gai Chase to Bobbin Head; carrying on to North Turramurra, St. Ives and French's Forest. They then followed the waters edge alongside Middle Harbour, entering a very challenging section before heading down to the Spit Bridge with stunning views of the Spit and Manly; finally finishing on the scenic Tania Park in Balgowlah.
The Oxfam Trek is a four person team event, in which all four have to stay together and finish together. Jaye, Emma and Sheri are all psychologists who met whilst doing their Masters in Clinical Psychology and decided they needed a distraction from their studies. Emma and Sheri are experienced in the event as they participated in 2014, hence the name of their team - Two Too Keen.
One in three people in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that statistic by mobilising the power of people against poverty.
Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. The campaign's goal was to raise $2.5m to support the cause; the outcome was in excess of $2.65m!
The Two Too Keen team were 10th in their category for the fundraiser, raising $11,505, with the help from 81 donors. Debbie's team was also honoured with the highest single donor of any team - an amount of $5,000.
Debbie says "The challenge was much more difficult than I had anticipated, but realised I was in for something when, at the start line, the announcer reeled off some statistics - the average age of the candidates was 36; men to women ratio was 70:30; and 40% make it to the finish! I wondered at this point whether the next day in my life would be soul destroying instead of the anticipated soul strengthening. It would be what I wanted it to be!"
Unfortunately, Two Too Keen lost their first team member Sheri, at checkpoint three with foot problems. The second team member, Emma, had to retire before checkpoint 4 after suffering two asthma attacks whilst climbing rock faces.
It was just Debbie and Jaye for the next 15 hours. They reached the finish line in 28 hours. They were the 13th females across the line and 132nd team overall!
"The act of giving is rewarding and satisfying, and can be done by all!" Debbie says.
Well done Debbie and team, a truly amazing effort!
RSCPA Cupcake Day 2015
On Tuesday, 4th August, the team at Robson Partners supported the RSPCA by holding a cupcake day at our regular monthly team meeting, raising $110.
Cupcake Day for the RSPCA is a great excuse to get together with family, friends and colleagues to eat delicious cupcakes and help animals in need. Our fundraising efforts through Cupcake Day will give mistreated animals a second chance at a better life.
The money we raise will support the work to fight animal cruelty:
If you would like to make a donation to the RSPCA, click here.
Jeans for Genes Day 2014
This year, the Robson Partners team supported Jeans for Genes Day by coming to work all dressed in denim with their gold coin donations to help raise much needed funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders.
Our support, among the millions of others on Jeans for Genes Day helps the scientists at Children's Medical Research Institute create a healthier future for all children. The more we raise the closer we get to finding vital cures and treatments that will save children's lives.
Robson Partners raised in excess of $200 to help make a difference to those affected by birth defects and diseases.
If you would like to make a donation to the Jeans for Genes Day foundation, click here.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea 2014
In 2014, Robson Partners again joined over a million Australians in homes, schools and workplaces to take a break for morning tea and raise funds for Cancer Council.
With staff providing morning tea including Troy's Magical Muffins, Debbie's Dippy Chips and Bickies, Scandalous Slices from the Financial Services team and Operations Fabulous Fruit, made for one of the Biggest Robson Partners Morning Tea's yet!
Our staff and client's helped raise over $400 to help make a huge difference to the lives of all Australians affected by cancer.
If you would like to make a donation to the Cancer Council NSW click here.
Christmas with the Legacy Village
As part of our Christmas celebration we decided to do away with "Secret Santa" routine and to instead each purchase a gift for lady resident at Brisbane Water Legacy House. Legacy provides housing to dependents of past members of the Australian Defence Forces.
Our team enjoys being able to spread the Christmas cheer and our visit and gift giving left a lasting memory with the residents, especially to those who may not have had contact with friends and families over the festive season.
We look forward to visiting the Legacy Village again this Christmas.
To make a donation to Brisbane Water Legacy House click here.
Mingara Relay for Life 2010 - October 16th -17th
Robson Partners goal for this year was to "keep the baton going" In support of the Cancer Council's fund raising cause, with more participants, an extra baton, more laps and hours to cover.
The result was we had 13 staff members attend with the support of 13 family members and we covered a very moving and successful 12 hours.
We raised almost $1,000 and training and preparations are underway to support this worthy cause for the coming year.
Note from the partners:
It was gratifying to see the whole team support this event with attendance at Mingara on the day.
From the company prospective we recognise the importance of supporting and encouraging our team in the pursuit of these very worthwhile community endeavours. It creates a sense of community spirit at a personal and team level and this resonates entirely with our work life balance.
Bay to Bay Fun Run 2010 - June 20th
On Sunday the 20th June 22 staff and family members joined the crowd to take part in the 12km scenic course from Woy Woy to Gosford.
Participants included the "fitness fanatics" who had been in training for months leading up to the event and set out a cracking pace, the walkers who meant business and mums with prams who were out to enjoy the stroll
Training for the event commenced in April, with a diligent number of staff and family meeting at 5.45am each Monday at the waterfront. Our very athletic Debbie led the 45 min training sessions which included many laughs, stitches, aches and pains. It was a great way to start the day and the working week, as well as preparation for the fun run.
Proceeds from this year's run went to a worthy cause:
The Suicide Safety Network (Central Coast) Inc. "Working together for LIFE" - Helping individuals realise their optimum personal and vocational potential and reduce the incidence of suicide on the Central Coast.
For more details and way to donate click here.
Children's Cancer Institute of Australia (CCIA)
Congratulations to our every day hero Debbie Bloffwitch.
Debbie completed the Canberra Marathon (a distance of 42.2 kilometres) on Sunday 13th April 2008 in three hours and thirty minutes
Debbie also holds the proud title of highest personal sponsorship fundraiser after gathering a whopping $4,960.00 in donations from family, friends, workmates and clients. Debbie's original target was $2,000 which was surpassed well before the end of March. Debbie was awarded with an MP3 player which she intends to donate to this year's Relay for Life .The Robson team is proud of Debbie's wonderful achievement and was happy to support Debbie both before and after her amazing run.
Debbie received a lovely surprise the following Tuesday when a remedial masseuse was brought into the office from 'back in Harmony' by the Robson partners. Ross from 'Back in Harmony' provided Debbie with a much needed one hour massage to relieve those poor overworked, tired muscles.
Central Coast Community Chest
Central Coast Community Chest was a volunteer based non-profit organisation that served the Central Coast since 1980, supporting over 85 local charities working at the grass roots level in areas of Children, Families, Disabilities, Youth, Welfare and The Aged.
100% of funds raised stay on the Central Coast; supporting Community Chest's founding principle "Give Where You Live". Funds were raised through Donations, Events and Community Chest's Workplace Giving Program, whereby employees have the opportunity to donate a small amount each pay to benefit those in need in on the Central Coast.
Robson Partners has shown its support for the Community Chest for many years. Team members have contributed to the Workplace Giving Program through the $1 per week payroll deduction scheme as well as various fundraising events including 'Boss Buys Breakfast', 'Community Chest Golf Day' and 'Blues Bros Ball' just to name a few.
Robson's had been associated with Community Chest for over 20 years and believe that they have made a difference in our community which is why we chose to be a part of Community Chest's "Give Where You Live" charity program.
Central Coast Community Chest has since been closed and no longer accepts donatio