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Tell us about yourself...

I’m Claire, and I work in HR. Outside of work I am a keen Manchester City and Brisbane Lions supporter and after a recent Sip and Paint I am keen to re-acquaint myself with some art in my life.

What's your role and how long have you been with the company?

I’ve been with the Firstmac group for more than 15 years.

What is your involvement with the loans.com.au Women, Children & Community Program?

I have closely followed our support of the Steve Waugh Foundation since we partnered with this life-changing organisation. They do amazing things and the efforts of some of our staff that have participated in these charity bike rides, no easy feat is putting it lightly! Very humbling and amazing efforts by all.

We have now been involved with the Darkness to Daylight program for the last few years and that is something I have personally participated in the walking of km’s to raise funds and awareness. I also particpated in a volunteer charity day at the Mini Farm Project Millen Farm site.

I am very proud of our Women, Children & Community Program and the great work it is doing and I look forward to participating more as it continues to evolve.

What do you think of the Program?

It’s simply a win/win for our employees and the organisations we are supporting and partnering with. Our staff get to support a cause they believe in, they spend time with some of their colleagues that they perhaps would not normally come into contact with, and the charitable organisations receive the help and support they require. We have staff members that are now going to return to these organisations along with their families and provide more of their time supporting these causes.

Why did you choose Mini Farm Project as your volunteer day?

I connected with the sustainability aspect of this charity, as well as their mission to grow and supply food to their charity partner, Meals on Wheels. It very much relies on its volunteers to keep going so I was very happy to lend a hand and also get some physical activity at the same time.

What would you say to someone considering volunteering?

Why wouldn’t you?? There is nothing at all that is not positive about this experience, from the staff bonding time, the feel good factor of working with a very worthy charity and being able to give back to our community partners.

To learn about other organisations in our Women, Children & Community Program:

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