What Telstra connection day means to me

On Telstra Connection Day, Telstra employees have the opportunity (individually or as part of a team) to participate in volunteer work with a not-for-profit organisation of choice.
Maria Cecilia Bantolo · 30 November 2022 · 2 minute read

It’s so nice to get out there and build meaningful connections in the communities where we operate, and show everyone around us that we care. This is one of our company values and I'm always proud to be part of a company that cares and demonstrates this consistently.

My team and I get involved with all sorts of initiatives, from painting classroom chairs in local primary schools to providing job-readiness training for graduating students, holding workshops for dancing, baking, crafting, public speaking and many more. A particular favourite of mine was an arts club we set up to made crafts out of recycled materials. We had members in the club with special needs and it was amazing to see the participants discovering the beauty of art and achieving. These are such precious moments for me.

This year I was part of an online educational program set up by the Telstra Foundation. During the two-hour session, Grade 12 students from Pasay City North High School shared the mobile apps they have programmed as part of their studies and we provided feedback and suggestions on how to improve them. It was a great learning experience for the students, and for us volunteers too. We see so much potential in their critical thinking and creativity. They’re all so talented and good at their craft.

There are a lot of people who can really benefit from our help. You don’t need money to be able to help, all you need to offer is your time. What may be a couple of spare hours for you can really help someone else

My experiences of volunteering through Telstra have really made me appreciate and value the simplest things. I’ve realised how important perspective is, that we can make things happen and do things better, and that we can do great things if we work together.

No matter how much work there is to be done, when you have many hands helping, the workload becomes far lighter!

Want to help make a difference too? Head to our website to explore the latest jobs at Telstra.

By Maria Cecilia Bantolo

Human Resources Consultant

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