In the first year of its national partnership with OzHarvest, Aussie Home Loans has helped the charity deliver 436,000 meals to Australians in need.
More than 400 Aussie Home Loans team members, including chief executive officer James Symond, have participated in OzHarvest’s ‘Cooking For a Cause’ events over the last year, personally cooking another 3,200 meals and donating cash and food to the charity.
Mr Symond also participated in the charity’s flagship event, the CEO Cookoff last year, personally raising $111,000.
The Aussie CEO explained that he was impressed by OzHarvest’s mission, operation and team during his involvement in the Cookoff, which inspired him to look at what long-term support Aussie Home Loans could provide, resulting in the brokerage coming on board as a national major partner.
Commenting on the success of the partnership, Mr Symond said: “I believe all good businesses should support an important social cause and OzHarvest aligns with Aussie’s core values.
“We’re proud of the significant contribution we’ve made already and we are keen to participate in more community events and fundraising opportunities for OzHarvest over the next year to reach one million meals in two years.”
OzHarvest is a perishable food rescue group, collecting excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it free of charge to 900 charities to feed those suffering from food poverty.
The first anniversary of the partnership between the brokerage and the charity this month coincides with the 25th birthday celebrations of Aussie, which started operating on 16 February 1992.
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