By Mark Evarts, Tomahawk Recruitment, January 19, 2021
Like almost everyone we know, we want to make a positive impact on the world. Sometimes it feels insurmountable, but just like the parable of the starfish on the beach, every little thing makes a difference. We love making a difference, and we bet you do too :)
The Starfish on the Beach (Parable)
Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean for exercise. One day, the old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked, he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. The young boy paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by themselves,” the boy replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.”
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starfish on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a difference.”
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a difference to that one!”
Our Mission is to ‘positively impact the world; treat job seekers with compassion, drive equality, be carbon-positive, and influence social responsibility’.
This is the fabric that binds the way we operate. We’re not huge but we have big hearts and we’re just at the start of our commitment to positively impact the world. Following are a few of our initiatives in 2020:
Cookie the Seeing Eye Dog
In July we became seeing eye dog puppy carers for Cookie, a black Labrador / Golden Retriever. Cookie is a delightful soul who fills our lives with joy and laughter. It has been our privilege to provide training for him until he’s approximately 12 months old, and we’re committed that he has a long and noble journey helping someone who is sight impaired.
Many people have asked, ‘aren’t you going to miss him? How can you let him go?’ The short answer is, ‘yes, we’ll miss him like crazy’. But we knew this going in, and we know he will be a wonderful contribution to the world.
Men for Women
Mark started a Facebook group called ‘Men for Women’ in April, which is dedicated to the empowerment of women by men. It is an opportunity for men to publicly celebrate & honour women (friends, partners, wives, mums, daughters, politicians, leaders, altruists, change-makers, etc), and for women to simply be acknowledged for who they are.
The group has grown steadily, and we are committed that it continues to flourish in 2021.
Mark has wanted to become an emergency volunteer for some time now and was inspired by the work done by the Victoria State Emergency Service (SES). He applied to become a volunteer in May 2020 and was accepted in December. Training will commence in January 2021 and we're excited to see where this journey leads
100km Ride for the Sun & Moon Bears in Asia
Tori & Mark decided to bike ride 100km in a day to raise money for the Sun & Moon Bears in Asia.
Thousands of bears are enslaved in bear bile farms across Asia, tortured and mutilated to extract bile from their gall bladders. Many have been there for decades.
The ride was to take place in November, but Mark picked up a chest infection that lasted for a number of weeks. The ride is still on and we aim to do it in February 2021. You can find more info here.
Walk for Women & Children (against domestic violence)
Tori & Mark undertook and achieved a challenge to walk a minimum of 8,000 steps a day in November to raise money for Women & Children (against domestic violence).
COVID-19 saw an alarming escalation in domestic violence and abuse with a 290% increase in the number of women and children referred to The Manly Warringah Women's Resource Centre in July 2020 (the Centre provides crisis accommodation and support services for at risk women and children).
The initiative was very successful and we were proud to be a part of it.
Children’s Cancer Foundation
Friday 7th Aug was the Cancer Children’s Foundation ‘Million Dollar Lunch Giving Day’ where every dollar donated was matched. Since the start of COVID-19, approximately 500 kids will have been diagnosed with cancer. Each week about 3 Australian kids lose their battle with cancer, and sadly childhood cancer attracts very little government research funding.
We took on an initiative to raise public awareness and donate to the wonderful initiative by an inspiring organisation, and will increase our support for the Cancer Children’s Foundation in 2021.
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Fred Hollows was an eye doctor, a skilled surgeon, and a social justice activist. In 1976, he and teams of health workers set out to eliminate trachoma and other eye conditions on rural and remote communities. As a result, the number of Indigenous Australians suffering from blindness was halved.
The Fred Hollows Foundation was founded in September 1992, by Fred Hollows shortly before he died, and works to put an end to avoidable blindness in over 25 countries.
The Foundation supports the prevention and treatment of eye disease by screening for diseases that cause avoidable blindness, performing surgery, providing spectacles, addressing lifestyle factors that contribute to disease, and conducting other sight saving interventions.
We are humbled to have supported the Fred Hollows Foundation for many years and will continue to do so in 2021.
Thank you to all of you who are out there making a difference in the world. We love being part of your community.