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CONNECTING WITH OUR
COMMUNITY

Alsco is proud to be an active supporter of our local communities, helping a wide range of not for profit, sporting and local community organisations and initiatives. Alsco has initiated programmes to reuse, recycle and redistribute linen, textiles, and first aid supplies, here in NZ and also overseas. 

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"I just personally want to thank Alsco for all you have put into the “Cook-off”.  The amount you raised is absolutely outstanding. You inspired the other CEs and you have inspired us at the Mission. Simply, people like you, enable us to do what we do”

Chris Farrelly
AUCKLAND CITY MISSIONER

 

Auckland City Mission 
COOKOFF 2020

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Alsco was actively involved in the Auckland City Mission Cook-Off again in 2020. It’s a special year, the Mission’s centennial, and we all wanted to make it a big one. 

On 21 October we all put our culinary skills to the test by cooking a three-course meal for 200 City Mission guests, under the expert guidance of some of Auckland’s top chefs. 

This year the work is more important than ever. Because of COVID, many more Aucklanders have been turning to the Mission for support through this time of crisis. 

We had some wonderful feedback about the meal from the guests, who really felt like VIPs at the event. The event was a huge success, raising more than $240,000 to support the Mission’s work for Auckland’s most vulnerable people. 

Alsco raised an unprecedented $54,047; with our company donating $15,000, fantastic supplier supportat $26,000, and amazing contributions from Alsco staff, my mates and family. Thanks everyone for the support, it is hugely appreciated - every little bit counts. Let’s make it even better and bigger next year!

Gavin Smith

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ALSCO REPURPOSING

Alsco has lifted its community engagement to new levels with our wonderful volunteer Alsco Ambassadors. Supported by products from all our branches, the Ambassador project continues to grow. Its purpose is to provide alternate outlets for goods that previously have ended up in landfill.

Our team has now engaged with more than 80 different charitable organisations in New Zealand and abroad. Many of these charities have multiple sites in New Zealand that we have connected with. For example, two of the Kiwi organisations we have longstanding relations with are Shine with 29 community sites, and Healthy Homes with 14 different locations provided with goods to date.

Alsco is extremely proud of Pat and her team. In the last three years (including a disrupted Covid 2020), the Ambassadors have given away 33,000 sheets and pillowcases (including 1,500 cot sheets made from cut down queen or king sheets), more than 3,400 first aid kits, plus numerous boxes of used but still useful miscellaneous supplies. 

It is a real positive community story all round. A shared commitment to helping others in less fortunate circumstances has resulted in wider engagement and important enhancements to the Alsco Ambassador programme, such as establishing order forms for some organisations.

Alsco really appreciates and acknowledges the help and enthusiasm of PBT (Peter Baker Transport). Since late 2018 PBT has picked up cartons and pallets of donated goods from Alsco’s Kingsland operation and delivered these free of charge anywhere in New Zealand. 

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ALSCO AMBASSADORS Glennis, Sheryn & Pat

Our amazing, wonderful, indefatigable Alsco Ambassador Pat Munro celebrated an incredible 80 years young on the 22nd of September last year.  Pat is one of life’s true givers, and yes, you guessed it! She is still voluntarily turning up for work since her retirement 6 years ago.  We are incredibly proud of the Ambassador gifting project. The volume of linen, first aid kits, and other items that you have found a home for is now well excess of 60,000 items. Absolutely amazing, and always appreciated by those wonderful organisations in New Zealand and beyond that you have forged long term alliances with.  Pat...we love you, we admire your energy, and are most thankful for what you have done, and continue to do for us, for 40 years now.  Please slow down – you deserve it – and we can’t keep up with you!

 

GIVING SOMETHING

BACK

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Early in 2017, Alsco joined with the exciting Million Metres Streams Project.
It’s a partnership that will help transform New Zealand’s waterways. Million Metres is led by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), in partnership with Alsco and DOC (Department of Conservation). 
 

Million Metres aim is to support communities to replant one million metres of New Zealand waterways by 2026.

Each winter, Alsco staff join Million Metres teams at planting days around the country. To date, Alsco has been involved in 22 planting projects and have planted more than 17,500 native trees, with over 750 volunteers giving up time to support the programme.

 www.millionmetres.org.nz

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