Good360 Australia and 3M Head Office Staff Pack 1,000 bags for Sisters of Charity
On Thursday July 24th, Good360 Australia teamed up with 3M Australia & New Zealand staff at their North Ryde head office in Sydney to pack 1,000 backpacks for the urban homeless in the greater Sydney region, for a campaign funded by the Sisters of Charity.
The event was hosted by Mr Junghan (JH) Lee, 3M’s Managing Director and CEO, while Mr John Alexander, the Federal Member for Bennelong, launched the event. They were joined by Councillor Craig Chung from the City of Ryde and the other volunteers to pack the bags with a range of quality products including towels, personal and home care products, chocolates, stationery and books.
With the help of a large group of 3M staff volunteers, the Good360 team was able to prove that many hands do indeed make light work as 1,000 bags were packed in just over an hour.
Mr Lee pointed out that 3M’s relationship with Good360 went right back to their very first campaign in the US in 1983 when Gifts In Kind (as Good360 was then called) was formed to distribute $12 million in new office equipment donated by 3M to the charity sector. He said “Good360’s arrival in Australia is very exciting as I know of countless companies that struggle to give away excess product and Good360’s GivingPlace online platform will provide a one-stop solution to donors and charities that need that product.” He said he would encourage the CEOs of other companies across Australia to support Good360’s efforts to help Australia’s charities, reduce waste, save money, and at the same time give employees an opportunity to be more engaged and proud of the companies they work for.
Ms Alison Covington, Good360 Australia’s founder and Managing Director thanked all the volunteers and companies involved for their tireless support and labour and said there was not a single person or company that heard of Good360’s unique model who didn’t say it was a “no-brainer.” She acknowledged all the companies that had donated products and services for the campaign, including 3M, Linen House, Mainfreight, Storage King, Edible Blooms, Lush and Booktopia. The backpacks will be distributed to those in need by one of Good360’s charity partners, the Wesley Mission.
Good360’s sister organisation in the USA has donated over $8 billion worth of product to the charity and not-for-profit sector since their inception 30 years ago. Ms Covington said “Good360 Australia is aiming to distribute $500 million worth of product to charities here by 2020, helping them provide better services to their communities and enabling companies to solve the problem of excess product in a positive and sustainable way.”
The event closed with well-earned Aussie gold coin sausage sizzle provided by 3M, as volunteers realised they’d worked up quite an appetite with all that packing!