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With such a large number of employees across the Telstra Group, we have a unique opportunity to contribute to the communities in which we live and work.

We encourage our people to get involved in our core sustainability programs by supporting them to give One Day. One Cause. One Dollar. For Everyone. Our ‘ONE’ employee call to action encourages our people to take up their One Day of volunteering leave, get behind One Cause that matters to them, and have every One Dollar they donate through payroll giving matched by Telstra.

In addition to providing paid volunteer leave, we maintain a number of partnerships that provide individual and team, skilled and unskilled volunteering opportunities. We also provide emergency response leave and paid blood donor leave to employees donating with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

With the support of the Telstra Foundation, we provide dollar-for-dollar matched payroll giving (up to $1,000 per employee per year and $750,000 overall), enabling employees to give to any registered charity in Australia. This provides an incentive for our people to donate and the freedom to choose causes that they are passionate about.

We also encourage our people to support their local communities through the Telstra Kids Fund. Collectively, our employees can apply for up to $1 million in grants each year to fund the little things that make a big difference to kids’ lives.

Other ways we give

Now and then you’ll also notice that we give our full backing to national campaigns, such as Pink Ribbon Day. To show our support, Telstra.com proudly turns pink, while in-store our staff sell merchandise and run fundraisers.

And we continue to partner with on-going community initiatives, such as One Laptop Per Child Australia.

All of which adds up to our ongoing commitment to make a difference.

For more on our commitment to the community, read the Connecting Communities section of our Sustainability report.

Telstra volunteers band together to thank their local community

When Telstra’s Local Area Board for Gippsland in Victoria, met to discuss how they could contribute to their local communities outside of their day-to-day work, the choice to support the Fernbank community in Gippsland felt like an obvious one.

Loretta Willaton, the Board’s Chair (and Telstra’s Area General Manager for the region) says the team was eager to give back to the community after a recent bushfire, during which the local CFA fought hard to protect Telstra’s exchange building and maintain communications to the area.

“Many CFA volunteers in the area lost property and livestock in the fires while they were helping protect our exchange building, so we really wanted to show them our appreciation,” Loretta says.

Telstra volunteers

On the day, around 40 Telstra employees, friends and family turned up to help repair fences damaged by the fire.

Martin Blennerhassett, Telstra’s General Manager Major Projects and Program Management said he was thrilled by the support from the broader Telstra team.

“The Telstra effort galvanised local community groups and local businesses. Many of these groups also participated to make the day a huge success. Over the course of the day, we pulled down 10km of fence and erected over 10km of new fence for six affected local families. It just goes to show the impact we can have when we all band together,” Martin said.