The corporate volunteer council want you, your business and your staff.
But this is not the start of a volatile corporate takeover campaign; rather, these three prominent West Australians want the State's businesses to join them in the push towards greater corporate responsibility through volunteering.
"We are the backbone of the nation and I would like WA to be the backbone of giving as well," Tonya McCusker, the wife of WA's Governor Malcolm McCusker, said yesterday at the Give 1 Project launch.
"We seem to hear every year about how WA is the richest State, but we give the least, I think this might help change our culture."
The Give 1 Project concept, introduced by Giving West and Azure Capital chairman John Poynton, Mrs McCusker and Squire Sanders managing partner and Corporate Volunteer Council chairman John Poulsen, encourages WA businesses to give one - a day, hour or even a minute each day - to volunteering.
Mr Poulsen, who has introduced a range of volunteering initiatives at Squire Sanders, said the experience created an engaged workforce and provided staff with something they would always remember.
"They come to work and have an experience beyond the work that they normally do," Mr Poulsen said. "October 5 (Give 1 Day) is simply a day where a company can organise to participate in volunteering... or simply celebrate volunteering they have done over the year."
Mr Poulsen said WA companies who wanted to get involved should contact Volunteering WA for further information.
A sundowner will also be held at Government House on October 11 to promote corporate volunteering opportunities and events.
I would like WA to be the backbone of giving as well."Tonya McCusker
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