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From high-rise office to down-to-earth maintenance

- July 24, 2013

Gardening, cleaning, and assembling cots – just another day on the tools for the finance professionals at MLC.

The MLC volunteers prepare to set off for their work day at The Infants' Home.
 


Eleven hardy volunteers from MLC visited The Infants' Home this week to help with various maintenance tasks.

After a quick lesson about The Infants' Home’s 139-year history and an outline of the work we do today, the work gang swung into action.

Swapping clients for a day in the yard

Adnan, Bhagya, Ertan, Johnny, Linda, Malaeta, Maria, Monique, Milica, Natalie and Van would normally spend their working day in North Sydney crunching financial numbers at a computer.

But after downing some coffees and a few cans of energy drink, the team put their shoulders to the wheel for a very different cause.

The team spent the day gardening, cleaning out our sheds, doing a stock take of our stores, and assembling bookshelves and cots.

More than a helping hand

The Infants' Home corporate volunteering scheme includes teams from leading organisations such as BT, Westpac, Deloitte, Optus and GE.

Combined, the volunteers help The Infants' Home save about $100,000 a year in maintenance and labour costs.

The Infants' Home CEO, Anita Kumar, says there is a serious side behind the light-hearted nature of a good, old-fashioned working bee.

"Whenever we have a group here to help us with maintenance they are continuing a long tradition of corporate volunteering that makes a real difference to our work with vulnerable children," says Anita.

"MLC has been one of our most dedicated supporters. We love having them here and we always appreciate their efforts to help keep our grounds and equipment in good shape."

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