Have you been missing the sausage sizzles at Bunnings? So have they. Those events were an important part of how they showed support and gave back to their communities. The traditional ways that Bunnings supports local community groups and charities has had to change due to COVID-19 and they were asked to come up with creative ideas to support local communities in a different way.
Bunnings teams across Australia and New Zealand shared ideas on how they expressed Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM) to get through challenging times. This is based on the GEM model created by Hugh van Cuylenburg from The Resilience Project.
10 GEM models were selected from each region. The criteria were the model had to inspire staff and demonstrate Bunnings values. Then each team nominated a not for profit group or charity they believed should be supported.
Bunnings Halls Head team created a video showing how they followed the GEM model and selected PYMS as their charity of choice. Their entry was voted the most inspiring and creative in WA.
Bunnings Halls Head Activities Coordinator, Laura McNeill, presented GP down south with a cheque for $7000 saying, ‘we are pleased to donate seven thousand dollars to support your important work’.
PYMS Practice Manager, Kerry Cabasi was on hand to accept the cheque along with other GP down south staff and was thrilled to do so. Across Australia and New Zealand, a total of 60 not for profit community groups and charities were nominated and over $300,000 will be donated amongst these groups.
Kerry Cabasi, Denise Puddick & Tara Hey with Bunnings team members
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.