Second and third from left: MAX Employment General Manager Darren Hooper presents a cheque for $50,000 to Lifeline CEO Jane Hayden
Job-seekers and those seeking community assistance were the winners last week, with MAX Employment presenting a cheque to Lifeline Australia for a whopping $50,000 following the huge success of MAX Employment’s Finders Keepers campaign.
The MAX Finders Keepers campaign set out to find 10,000 jobs for Australian job seekers between October and December last year. For every job filled during the campaign, MAX Employment donated $10 to one of three charities – Lifeline, the Wirrpanda Foundation, and The Smith Family.
MAX Employment was thrilled to hit the 10,000 placement target, and as a result is donating $50,000 to Lifeline, $25,000 to the Smith Family and $25,000 to the Wirrpanda Foundation, totalling an amazing $100,000 in donations.
MAX Employment Executive General Manager Darren Hooper said the aim of MAX Employment’s campaign was not only finding jobs for job seekers in local communities, but also supporting charities like Lifeline, who answered more than 18,000 calls from people seeking help from Lifeline between Christmas and New Year’s Day alone.
“The months leading up to Christmas can be a very stressful time for many. Job instability can lead to financial and relationship instability, so finding a job can really change someone’s life,” Mr Hooper said.
“Securing employment benefits more than the job seeker – it benefits their family, the community, and in the case of Finders Keepers, three very deserving charities.”
Lifeline Chief Executive Officer Jane Hayden said Lifeline was thrilled to see the community spirit shining through.
“On behalf of Lifeline I would like to congratulate the staff at MAX Employment who have gone above and beyond their position requirements to give so many people the ultimate Christmas present – a job,” Ms Hayden said.
Ms Hayden said that Lifeline expects to receive almost one million calls to its 13 11 14 crisis line in 2015.
“Demand for crisis support via 13 11 14 has increased in the past few years. Each day, around 2,200 people call Lifeline. Job security, finances and relationship difficulties are commonly reported by callers to Lifeline’s crisis telephone supporters.
“MAX Employment has proved to be a very practical partner for Lifeline with both its support for the unemployed and its financial support of Lifeline services.”
If you or someone you know is in need of crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp