Continuing a long-standing tradition, VMLY&R – WPP’s brand and customer experience agency – closed its more than 100 offices across the globe for business on Thursday, Sept. 29, to give more than 13,000 employees the opportunity to support worthy causes and non-profit organisations of their choice through volunteer projects.
This year’s theme for VMLY&R’s Worldwide Foundation Day is “Make Your Mark” which encouraged employees — regardless of whether they engage virtually or in person, individually or with a small group, or with family members — to do something that resonated with them. The day aimed to highlight the collective impact of all employees rolling up their sleeves to give back in meaningful ways over the same 24-hour period.
Here in Australia, VMLY&R Brisbane (see image above) volunteered with Conservation Volunteers Australia and Daisy Hill Conservation Park to help rehabilitate local wetlands and enhance the biodiversity of a national park
VMLY&R Melbourne and Sydney volunteered with Legacy Australia to reimagine a modern donation box, sorted and packaged clothing for redistribution at UPPAREL Recycling Centre, and organised Bondi, Wollongong, Manly and St Kilda beach clean-up efforts (see main image).
“The annual VMLY&R Foundation Day is a really special time for our team. Having a positive impact on the societies we live in has always been a core value to VMLY&R since we began.” said Thomas Tearle, VMLY&R CEO in Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s amazing to see our five offices across Australia and New Zealand make their own unique marks in their individual communities. Being a part of this global initiative is such a privilege and demonstrates that this really is the most connected agency network on the planet with over 100 offices doing this in unison.”