Employees helping communities

It is essential for businesses such as GSK Australia to ensure that people remain at the heart of everything we do. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by allowing employees to volunteer within the communities in which we operate.

Orange Day is a yearly event where GSK employees receive a day’s paid leave to volunteer at a charitable organisation of their choice.

“For our Orange Day, we volunteered at the Berry Street Christmas Gift Appeal by packing bundles of Christmas presents for disadvantaged children. It is great to know that what we were doing was making a real impact and would brighten up Christmas time for some of the most vulnerable children,” said Scientific Advisor Aislin Spencer.

Since 2004, employees across the world have supported a wide range of charities and projects including work in local schools, shelters for the homeless, community gardens, nursing homes and communities affected by natural disasters.

In 2015, GSK Australia employees volunteers over 1300 hours, or 177 days helping local charities.

In addition to helping those in need, Orange Day provides a unique opportunity for GSK Australia employees to gain new experiences, develop new skills and gain a deeper understanding of patient needs.

“Orange Day gives us a real opportunity to give back to our community. It is also a great way to work together as a team in a different environment, outside of our day-to-day roles,” said Alex Dimitroff, Health Outcomes Associate.

Over the years, GSK’s Australian employees have supported organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Fitzroy Toy Library, OzHarvest, Very Special Kids, Parks and People, FareShare, Abbotsford Convent and Save the Children. GSK also gave all staff an additional day to help support the communities affected by the recent Victorian Bushfires.

Dianne Kanagalingam, Learning and Development Consultant, who volunteered at a Save the Children after school literacy program for disadvantaged kids, said that “one of the best parts of Orange Day was meeting the children and seeing them enjoying the activities and the learning. It was an uplifting experience and it was great to meet the regular volunteers that come every week to help the kids.”

Contributing and giving back to local communities is one of GSK’s top priorities and GSK is proud to support employees all across Australia to assist their local communities through Orange Day.