Mirvac is committed to supporting the communities in which it operates, by engaging with those who live, work and play in the places it creates.
Under the umbrella of This Changes Everything, Mirvac has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at fostering meaningful connections with the wider community, such as charity work and educating people on sustainability through the powerful medium of film.
CONNECTING WITH OUR CHARITY PARTNER, THE SMITH FAMILY
With a mission to support disadvantaged children through education, The Smith Family is a national charity partner Mirvac is proud to support.
Throughout FY16, Mirvac’s partnership was activated through a range of initiatives that were rolled out across all parts of the business. Some of the key initiatives that Mirvac and The Smith Family worked together on included:
Learning for Life
As part of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life scholarship program, Mirvac began sponsoring tertiary students in a number of locations.
Raising Christmas Spirits
Christmas is a tough time for many, so Mirvac ran a series of special fundraising activities, including a seasonal online program, ‘Simply Giving’, which allowed Mirvac employees to select toys via a website and donate them to those in need. Mirvac also ran a book and toy drive (with personal deliveries from Mirvac’s CEO & Managing Director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz), and raised $4,600 through a gift-wrapping service at Broadway Sydney, with funds going directly to The Smith Family's learning support programs for disadvantaged children.
Caring for Community
This year, Mirvac provided focused support to four communities across the country: Alexandria Park, NSW; Brimbank, VIC; Brisbane, QLD; and Midland, WA. Support included Community Day activities such as art and writing competitions for students.
In preparation for the relocation of Mirvac’s Sydney office to its new HQ, the Group’s technology team donated over 200 computers worth $25,000. The computers were packaged up and provided at a low cost to families in need, with the funds raised invested back into Smith Family's programs for disadvantaged children.
Giving in Kind
Recycled clothing collection bins proved to be a great way to raise awareness and funds for The Smith Family, with bins placed in three of Mirvac’s shopping centres, giving tenants the chance to donate surplus stock. The collection were also installed at Mirvac’s head office in Sydney and at Summer Festival locations in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
Mirvac’s offices played a role in supporting The Smith Family, raising well over $8,000 through workplace giving, flower sales, a winter coat drive and a winter warmer lunch. In Brisbane, The Smith Family has taken residence at Mirvac’s 340 Adelaide Street office asset with Mirvac contributing to their rent, allowing them to direct these funds to their education programs.