The Giving Program is an internal initiative we are proud to have launched in July 2022, in conjunction with our 17th birthday celebrations. The aim of this program, is for our team to come together and give back to others who are less fortunate. Australian Outdoor Living will be raising funds primarily through payroll giving, where our team members are encouraged to nominate a $ figure per pay run to donate. Australian Outdoor Living is matching each dollar pledged, to support our team and drive their donations have an even greater impact.
For the first year of our program, we have decided to focus our efforts on one charity – Cows for Cambodia, a charity started by Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello. This decision was made due to previous involvement with the charity. In 2017 Australian Outdoor Living’s Senior Management Team travelled to Cambodia to assist with the building of houses, delivering rice for local families and were able to experience firsthand the impact of this charity’s work.
Fundamentally, the charity supplies cows to selected families in Cambodia, encouraging them to look after and care for these cows so that they are then able to produce an income for that family. The charity has grown to support Cambodians in many different ways beyond the cows, including the provision of rice and other staples as well as building homes and schools.
We have decided to work towards raising enough funds to build a school in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia as we feel this will have the biggest impact on the community. This school will provide hundreds of local children the opportunity to come together and learn English, in addition to a range of other subjects.
Australian Outdoor Living is proud to be Cows for Cambodia’s first corporate partner and look forward to building this school together and changing kids lives forever.