In early 2011 our Vodafone store managers voted on which of the Vodafone Foundation's partners they would like to focus their fundraising efforts towards. This year they have selected Variety, the children's charity.
Variety is a national not-for-profit organisation empowering children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. They deliver a unique range of goods and services that assist with the specific needs of individual children, experiencing a diverse range of physical, emotional and financial conditions. For more information on Variety please visit their website.
Variety is a key partner of the Vodafone Foundation and this year our Vodafone stores are supporting them by aiming to raise $50,000 to buy a Sunshine Coach, a specialised vehicle that transports children in need to their daily activities and other special life experiences. All funds raised up to $50,000 through Vodafone stores will be matched by the Vodafone Foundation, which could mean an amazing $100,000 for Variety.
The Vodafone retail teams in each state are getting right behind their fundraising goals and have three key initiatives to help them reach their $50,000 target:
Next time you're in a Vodafone store you may notice a donation box on the counter. Vodafone employees are very proud of the community support that is provided through the Vodafone Foundation and are excited to be engaging Vodafone customers to join them in their support of Variety. The Vodafone Foundation is matching all funds that are raised in Vodafone stores up to $50,000, which means that the money donated by our Vodafone customers will contribute to a potential $100,000 in funds for Variety!
If you visit one of our stores during November you'll see Christmas has come a bit early as the teams get festive and gear up for the Variety Santa Fun Run – a 5km charity run with a difference. Across the country on November 27th thousands of people will be running for Variety dressed as Santa Claus. This year our retail employees are encouraged to take part and fundraise, with all the funds raised going towards our target of $50,000. For more information on the Santa Fun Run including how to enter, please visit their website.
Each state is hosting a charity event being co-ordinated by members of the Vodafone retail teams. We're aiming to provide a fun and interactive night for Vodafone staff and their friends and family whilst raising some much needed funds towards an awesome goal. The first event kicks off in Sydney in October.