Spark Foundry has raised over $17,000 for charity Orange Sky, in a sports carnival event held last Friday. Spark staff and its publishing partners squared up for a day of competitive tug of war, egg-and-spoon and three-legged races at Sydney’s Coogee Beach Club.
The fundraising initiative was supported by Gold sponsor, ARN; Silver sponsors Ooh!, Carsguide and JCDecaux; and Bronze sponsor, NOVA Entertainment.
The winning team included Spark staffers and representatives from CarAdvice.
The old-school styled sports day saw more than 150 Spark Foundry staffers from the agency’s Surry Hills and Walsh Bay offices come together in mixed teams with sponsors and representatives from Val Morgan, Playground XYZ, Quantcast, Amobee, Carsales, Go Transit, Moove Media, Kargo, JCDecaux, Westfield and Croc Media.
Says Richard Crapp, head of people and culture, Spark Foundry: “We decided to champion a cause that was close to our hearts at Spark, and one we felt we could significantly contribute to. Orange Sky has a fleet of vans which go out to communities around Australia to not only provide clean clothes and warm showers to those in need, but also lend an ear to people who are often ignored or feel disconnected in society.
“How we as a business contribute back to the community through our Corporate Social Responsibility program is an important focus for us at Spark, and I’m very proud of everyone’s latest efforts – also running bake sales and raffles to raise even more funds for this amazing charity.”
There are 116,000 people in Australia who fall victim to homelessness. Orange Sky has 27 vehicles in 22 cities that provides support to people in need through free laundry, showers and conversation each week.
(Images – 1: The winning team which included Spark staffers and representatives from CarAdvice; 2: Duncan Parfitt, COO, Spark Foundry; 3: Planking competition; 4: Planking winners: Michael Tobin from ARN, and May Mcnay from CarAdvice; 5: Spark staff who organised the event: Blake Small, Madeleine Bell, Sophie Crump, Bronte Cavallero, Lydia Kiternas)