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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. 

The Cook-Off brings together business leaders and top chefs to give back to our community through a special evening of good food and good company. 

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. We were tasked with not only cooking a delicious, nutritious meals for people who otherwise couldn’t afford it, but raising $10,000 each for the Mission’s work to support Auckland’s most vulnerable people.

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. One in five Auckland families are now struggling to put food on the table and demand for the Mission’s emergency food parcels has more than doubled to over 1000 food parcels every week.

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. All this money will help provide emergency food parcels for Aucklanders who would otherwise go hungry at this difficult time.

 

“Alsco raised an unprecedented $54,047; with our company donating $15,000, fantastic supplier support at $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 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 33000 sheets and pillowcases (including 1500 cot sheets made from cut down queen or king sheets), more than 3400 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 program, 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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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.

Alsco is an SBN Member, joining more than 500 other business finding ways to change the way we work to put people and planet first. 

Each winter, Alsco staff join Million Metres teams at planting days around the country. To date, Alsco has been involved in 17 planting projects and have planted more than 10,000 native trees, with over 500 volunteers giving up time to support the program.

As the trees from these projects grow, they will shade and cool the waterways. They help protect the waterways from soil erosion and pollution. And they provide habitat and food for native birds and fish. The Million Metres project is gaining momentum all over the country. So far, the project has supported more than 70 waterway restoration projects across Aotearoa, fundraising over $2.5 million. This is enabling more than 74,000 metres of waterways to be replanted, with over half a million plants and trees.

 
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