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19/05/2015

TWE launches Global Volunteering Week

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) employees from across the world are banding together to lend a helping hand in their local communities.

From making hot meals to collecting litter and planting trees, employees will be out in force this week to support charities and not-for-profit organisations across the world as part of the company’s inaugural Global Volunteering Week, running from 18–22 May 2015.

While TWE employees have been involved in volunteering activities in previous years, this is the first time all activities are focused on a single week across the globe.

Employees from Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and Europe, Middle East & Africa will be taking allocated volunteering leave to dedicate their time to a wide range of charitable partners.

In South Australia large groups of employees are banding together for one organisation so they can make a significant contribution. For example, around 30 employees from TWE’s Magill and Nuriootpa sites will be volunteering at Cleland Wildlife Park on Wednesday 20 May and Foodbank SA at Edwardstown is hosting around 10 employees each day during TWE’s Global Volunteering week.

Volunteers will also be taking part in working bees at local parks, rebuilding fences and cleaning properties burnt by bushfires.

Michael Clarke, TWE Chief Executive Officer, will join other employees from the Southbank head office to complete shifts in the kitchen at Melbourne-based food charity FareShare. Using donations of surplus food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses, FareShare and its volunteers cook 20,000 free nutritious meals for other Victorian charities including soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast programs each week.

“It’s great to be able to get out and support some of the charities that make a real difference. I am proud of the efforts of our employees and it’s heartening to see the positive impact we can all make by volunteering in our community,” Clarke said.  

Another team from TWE’s head office will be joined by Paul Rayner, TWE chairman, to help the Port Phillip EcoCentre and Friends of Westgate Park with litter collections and planting of native vegetation in Westgate Park. Teams will also be cleaning up along the St Kilda foreshore, as well as volunteering their time with Collingwood Children’s Farm, St Kilda Mums and St Mary’s House of Welcome.

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