O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing has a long history of giving back. The O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Group strives to display the O’Brien DNA – to be caring, collaborative, driven and genuine. Employees of O’Brien regularly jump on the opportunity to make a positive community impact. The O’Brien Giving Back Calendar this year had many activities where staff had the chance to take part in creating positive change in society.
We kicked off this year with a Push Up Challenge, as part of the Giving Back Calendar. The O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Team as part of the overall O'Brien Team raised $911 for the Push Up Challenge, raising awareness of mental health and funds for suicide prevention. Last year, O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing division collectively raised $100,000 through the efforts of the Network their Turn the Tide on Suicide fundraiser for Beyond Blue that started October 2021 and wrapped up in June 2022. Many O'Brien electricians and plumbers held fundraising events, took part in auctions and spread awareness for Turn the Tide on Suicide.
This year our O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Members were encouraged to put forward a charity for The Belron Ronnie Lubner Charitable Foundation’s ‘You can make a difference’ campaign. 6 charities, including Tradies in Sight, Daniel Morcombe Foundation and Very Special Kids received a 500 Euro (approx $800) donation to assist in the charity’s amazing work as part of this campaign.
This month, a group of enthusiastic volunteers from the O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Support Office took part in volunteering for Foodbank. Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, providing over 70% of the total food relief to people in need. The team first found out about Foodbank when they hosted a food drive in their North Sydney office and invited Janyne Hogan, Foodbank’s Head of Partnerships & Philanthropy, to present on Foodbank’s programs, partnerships and impact. Collectively the O’Brien team raised 254kg of donations equating to 457 meals. This will go toward the over 763,000 households in the past 12 months in NSW & ACT going hungry due to rising cost of living.
The team wanted to do more to help Foodbank’s amazing work, so we organised a Team Volunteer day, volunteering at the Foodbank warehouse. Together we made a real difference by filling 665 bags of potatoes (2,660kg) as well as 18 ‘pick & pack’ orders (11,784kg), all equating to just under 26,000 meals for Australian families in need of support.
Head of Commercial & Systems for O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing, Ashley Clemmett, says “Giving back to the communities that we live and work in is an important part of our DNA. Our team did a really good job on our O'Brien volunteering day at Foodbank in western Sydney recently, making a difference with real care. It is really pleasing to see that over 100 O’Brien employees have participated in a volunteering day so far in 2023”.
These are just some of the ways we stay committed to making a real difference with real care, and continue to make a positive community impact.