One of the key differences that sets Abel McGrath apart is how much its team care. They care about their clients, they care about each other, and they care about the community as a whole.
From raising money for suicide prevention, to helping cancer survivors and supporting local schools, Abel McGrath regularly throws itself behind worthy causes. Here’s some of our favourite memories…
Charlotte Burke (above left) and the Leederville office put their baking skills to the test to arrange a scrumptious display of cakes and treats for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. All funds and donations raised on the day went towards supporting the Cancer Council Australia. Numerous cakes and generous donations to charity made the day a fantastic success to be celebrated.
All 3 Abel McGrath offices embraced the colour of purple (and a set of fancy bras) to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer WA. Purple Bra Day was a huge success for the company, having raised over $1,200 in one day of giving, both from staff within each of the offices as well as support from clients and suppliers. As you can see, the directors really embraced it!
All 3 offices combined together to embrace Daffodil Day with a host of bright and beautiful daffodils throughout the offices. Funds were raised and donated towards the Cancer Council in an effort to aid the fight against cancer. Pictured above are Jack Michael, Lou Dymock and Deb Cameron at our Subiaco office. Thankyou to Jo Abel for her generous supply of lovely daffodils.
Our Subiaco staff Deb Cameron and Lou Dymock (pictured) supported the WA Medical Students Society fundraising for Radio lollipop – “Lots Of Love + Laughter In Place Of Pain”. When a group of medical students stopped by our Subiaco office (pushing a hospital bed from Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital on route to Royal Perth Hospital, we just had to get involved!
Our beloved Jack Michael (pictured far left) was one of 60 riders to take to the roads of America (on his Harley Davidson) as part of the Black Dog Ride 2015. The ride was scheduled to raise awareness for suicide prevention and started at the new HQ of Harley Davidson in New York, finishing in Los Angeles, covering a massive 10,000 kilometres. A great journey by a great man.
Leederville property consultant, Carl Casilli completed a 100km Oxfam Trailwalker with a team of friends coming 85th out of nearly 200 teams. His team endured a trek from Darlington, through John Forrest National Park, Mount Helena and Mundaring, through Stathams Quarry before a very steep 5km crawl to the finish line at Lesmurdie - all in the name of charity and poverty awareness.
Coordinated by Business Operations Manager, Dani McGufficke, and assisted by team members from both the Leederville and Subiaco offices, the team embraced the local community by manning stalls and offering face painting, prizes, games and lollies at the local fair hosted at the Mount Hawthorn Primary School. An amazing El Dorado Play Set was raffled and won by Abel McGrath client, Nick Harch. In the spirit of community generosity, he kindly donated the play set to the primary school for the kids to enjoy.
Our Claremont office put on morning tea in honour of our oath to support White Ribbon Day - Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. The office staff, directors and the company all wore white, baked delicious treats and helped to contribute over $500 towards this highly important cause. The office had never looked so bright and white and staff embraced the day with passion.
It’s not every day you hear of a charity committed to helping the blind play sports at the most elite level. This year our Claremont office put their hearts, wallets and funds together to donate towards the Blind Sports World Championships. All money collected went towards raising funds for the talented and inspirational athletes who participate in this amazing worldwide competition.
Simon McGrath put his auctioneering skills to good use by helping out the Sea Shepherd Crew at the Railway Hotel, North Fremantle. He was the auctioneer for their charity auction which enjoyed a great crowd with everything selling well over the reserve. Two of the captains gave fascinating talks on chasing illegal trawlers for months on end and watching them scuttle the ships to try and hide the incriminating evidence.
The Leederville office took part in the Light Up Leederville carnival on Oxford Street this year, handing out free water bottles, bags, balloons, stationery and smiles to the local community on a wet and rainy afternoon. Chief coordinated, Dani McGufficke (Business Operations Manager of our Leederville and Subiaco offices) ensured Our stall also had face painting available by the talented Lara, helping the team raise $200 to put towards the company’s Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal target for this Christmas season.
Rather than Secret Santa gifts this year, the entire Abel McGrath staff at all 3 offices supported The Smith Family charity for families in need, conducting a book and toy drive. Coordinated by Claremont office manager, Kate Jones, all staff embraced the festive time of giving by contributing 145 gifts and $200 cash towards the charity, dropping off the toys, books and money to their CBD offices ahead of Christmas Day.
Leederville property consultant, Carl Casilli held a delicious sausage sizzle at Masters, Bayswater to raise money for ‘The Weekend To End Women’s Cancer’ a 60 kilometre walk held in Perth from the 2nd to 3rd of April, 2016. The day’s efforts raised over $1,000 selling hotdogs to the masses. Carl has a team of approximately 10 people who are ready to take on the walk next year in April 2016, all in the name of charity.
Since 2013, Abel McGrath have been avid supporters of Carbon Neutral in their ‘Plant A Tree’ program which is an initiative to reduce carbon dioxide from the world’s environment. The company has planted 270 trees since 2013 in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, an area of marginal farmland in WA’s Wheatbelt. Not only is the brand green, but the company have a green mentality when it comes to the environment.
Carl Casilli is heavily involved in 2 programs run in conjunction with the Salvation Army where he and a team go out locate and provide assistance, food, clothing and sleeping apparel to the homeless in and around Perth and Northbridge. Multiple staff members across the company’s offices have participated in both The Soup Run and Street Team, helping the homeless in the Perth community all year round.
Not only is the brand green, but Abel McGrath also have a green mentality when it comes to the environment. Since 2013, they have been avid supporters of Carbon Neutral in their ‘Plant A Tree’ program which is an initiative to reduce carbon dioxide from the environment. The company has planted 270 trees since 2013 in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, an area of marginal farmland in WA’s Wheatbelt and pledged to plant 160 trees in 2014.
Leederville Property Manager, Kirsty Ashcroft took part in the Spin For Youth Focus, joining forces with a team of 4 riders who rode for 30 hours in 30 days. This was to raise awareness for youth suicide after Kirsty lost two friends earlier this year and her team raised over $2,000 during the event held in April.
“It was a challenging time but we were overwhelmed with the support and donations that we received between our friends and our workplaces.” Kirsty Ashcroft - Property Manager
Jack Michael, our Subiaco office property consultant and Licensee, was interviewed on Channel 9 for his involvement in starting up the Black Dog motorbike ride across Australia. The charity based movement is to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention, a subject close to Jack’s heart after he lost a close family member to suicide. Jack won the universal admiration of fellow team members, the general public and fellow sufferers.
“To date the ride has raised over $1.7 million and is now an annual event where motorcycle riders from all over Australia ride to Port Auguste in South Australia then join up and ride to Alice Springs in The Northern Territory.” Jack Michael - Licensee/Property Consultant
The offices also supported Jeans for Genes Day, Their donations went towards raising money for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer and epilepsy.
In August, Abel McGrath supported Daffodil Day 2014 with CEO, Adrian Abel, bringing in bunch after bunch to hand to staff and clients to share in the contribution. Donations went towards better cancer treatments, creating hope for more survivors, and hope for a cancer-free future.
In August, Leederville Property Manager, Sam Bevan, organised and hosted the Big Cake Bake at the Leederville office on Oxford Street. Staff baked an array of delicious cakes, raising hundreds of dollars with donations going towards critical Red Cross programs that support people and communities in need.
“We all baked to support the Red Cross, and we invited all offices to get involved by donating, baking or just popping in for some cake.” Sam Bevan – Property Manager
Staff from Abel McGrath Claremont and Leederville offices, with ages ranging from 18 to 55, participated with friends consisting of 7 men and 9 women, tackling an 18 kilometre obstacle course of mud, vertigo, electric shocks, ice baths and cold flowing streams. Whilst the event was fantastic for team building and staff morale, behind the scenes, each ticket contributed towards the ‘Soldier On’ charity which supports the families of deceased war veterans.
Throughout the year, the 3 Abel McGrath offices have supported various days on the calendar dedicated to charity. One such example was Loud Shirt Day in October, where staff wore an array of bright coloured shirts to celebrate the cause. Each office donated hundreds of dollars towards children with hearing impairments in a sea of colour, smiles, all in the name of charity.
Rather than secret Santa gifts this year, the entire Abel McGrath staff at all 3 offices supported The Smith Family charity for families in need, conducting a book and toy drive, delivering over 100 gifts to their CBD offices ahead of Christmas Day. “This Christmas instead of purchasing gifts for each other, we conducted a toy and book drive for The Smith Family Charity. We donated a very large pile of gifts in the end so we hope it brings some smiles to the children this Christmas.” Kate Jones - Senior Property Manager
In another example of community support and festive giving, Team Thorn from the Leederville office got into the Christmas spirit at their local shopping centre, The Mezz, in Mt Hawthorn. They donated toys and books for children of all ages for the charity, Anglicare. “We got into the Christmas spirit of giving at the local shopping centre. The centre currently has a huge donation box that anyone can donate to. We even had our photo taken with Santa!” Deb Cameron - Executive Assistant to Tina Thorn and Barry Litten
This year, Adrian Abel’s team took a very different approach to Christmas gifts by donating 100 goats to valued clients. These gifts are part of an agricultural project so that villages can become more sustainable and more kids can go to school. The goats will provide milk, breeding, food and income for the school projects. Last year, Adrian’s donations led to 2 schools being built in North Eastern Myanmar.