Department of Human Services staff from Tasmania have reached a new milestone, generously raising over $30,000 this year for a range of local, national and international causes and charities.
From donating to the Royal Hobart Hospital children’s ward to supporting the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, money raised by the Tasmanian Staff Community Fund has contributed to helping people and causes who needed support during 2015.
Fund co-ordinator Noel Rossiter said charity starts at home, and staff have dug even deeper this year to help make a difference to others in need.
“All the causes and charities we’ve supported this year have been nominated by Tasmanian staff for their local and wider community,” Mr Rossiter said.
“We connect with the local community in so many ways – with multicultural services, indigenous services, financial information services, and international services, fundraising is an extension of what we do in the department – help others in a time of need.
“The Tasmanian Staff Community Fund has raised nearly $370,000 since it started in 2001.
“It makes sense for us to connect and collaborate with local charities and demonstrate support to the local communities in which our staff live and work.”
Charities appreciate the annual support, with thank you letters streaming in once the donations are distributed.
“Surf Life Saving Tasmania bought new rescue equipment with the help of the money we raised, and our donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Tasmania went towards ongoing nursing, counselling and care coordination for Tasmanians suffering from the condition,” Mr Rossiter said.
“We know that what we do makes a difference to so many.”