It’s never too early for Christmas!

Posted On 17 Nov 2021

It’s never too early for Christmas!

17 Nov 2021
Ho Ho Ho!

Candidate Resource, Employer Resource, EST10 Team, News & Events

Ho Ho Ho!

I’ve always wanted to write that as a Christmas greeting, but Chris, our amazing marketer, always said it wasn’t appropriate! Bad luck Chris, we are doing it this year!!!

It’s a small thing, but it’s my way of breaking free! I think we all might be seeking some respite from the norms, boundaries and restrictions placed upon us!

I know it’s November, but there is a reason I’m shouting out season’s greetings so soon. Each Christmas, we host a gift and non-perishable food collection drive for the Salvos. We have been doing this since we opened 11 years ago, ‘giving’ is embedded in our business and very much part of our DNA. The Salvation Army Christmas appeal is something I personally feel strongly about, and we would love your help again, please! It has been another tough year, but I am hoping between us we can still give and look to those in need.

I thought to share some fact with you:

According to UNSW and ACOSS report, Poverty in Australia 2020, 1 in 8 Australians are living in poverty, and the poverty rate among children is much higher, more than 1 in 6. Poverty is defined as having a lack of money for immediate basic needs – such as food, housing, clothing – and for long-term savings or wealth.

We also spoke with Andrew Robinson from The Salvos, who gave us some jarring statistics:

‘From November 2020 to January 2021, the number of people seeking Emergency Relief assistance who were employed increased sixfold, while people with no income tripled, compared to the same period the year before’. The Salvos Making Ends Meet report, May 2021, notes that more than half of the respondents reported they regularly skipped meals and were unable to afford enough food to feed their families.

‘Last year during the Christmas period, The Salvation Army distributed over 64,000 hampers and vouchers worth over $1.89 million to those finding it almost impossible to make ends meet and gave out over 26,000 gifts and toys to families in need of a hand. The Salvos also supported the vulnerable by ‘providing over 130,000 meals across the country, more than 66,000 beds for those needing a place to stay and supporting over 10,000 families with accommodation during the festive season.’

According to The Salvos, this year, the needs and number of vulnerable Aussie’s are expected to reach a new peak. ‘Christmas is the busiest time of the year for The Salvos across the country. While Christmas is a time of joy and celebration for many, others doing it tough in our community find it an extremely difficult period for them personally.

The increased isolation, financial stress, and mental health impacts of COVID-19 this year will only exacerbate these issues. The Salvos want to leave no one in need this Christmas and need the generosity of the public once again to those doing it really tough’.

Sleeping Rough

I wrote a blog Sleeping Rough, following my experiences at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, where we slept outside on one of the coldest and darkest nights of the year to raise money for vulnerable Aussies. In the blog, I spoke a lot about the ‘hidden homeless’, ‘if we don’t see it, it’s not there’. However, you may be surprised to know poverty in Australia is just above the OECD average level, placing us among a group of wealthy nations with above-average poverty. And that on any given night, 1 in 200 Australians are homeless. A home isn’t just four walls and a roof. It’s a foundation for safety and security. Access to safe and secure housing is one of the most basic human rights. Most shockingly and perhaps disturbing is the increasing rate of homelessness in Australia is greater than population growth.

How Can You Help?

Last year, you and many others from the EST10 community provided such overwhelming support for the cause, and our entire foyer was filled with food and gifts! Thank you again for being so generous! The Salvation Army has set a goal of $20 million this year in anticipation of the high volume of needs.

We are after any groceries–non-perishables. Please don’t feel you need to go to the supermarket–have a look in your cupboard! We also need gifts for children and please, don’t forget teenagers. Gifts to be unwrapped to easily determine age-appropriate gifting.

Please bring groceries or gifts to our office in Sydney, level 10, 66 Hunter Street. We are there every day from 8am-6pm. Our tree will be up and decorated (plus a few carols playing), ready to receive your gifts from Monday, 15th November. The last day to drop off is Thursday, 9th December–hence our early messaging!

We are so grateful for all the support every year. We know, understand, and feel for how tough the last few years have been and respect that not everyone is able to help.

We couldn’t agree more with The Salvos when they said, ‘Christmas offers us a time to reflect and connect with one another and celebrate the joy of community. Connection will be more important than ever this year, so look out for your mate, check in on family and embrace the true meaning of Christmas’

Thank you as always!

‘Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.’ – Janice Maeditere

About the author
Roxanne Calder
Managing Director

As Founder and Managing Director at EST10, Roxanne has an all-encompassing role that includes building and growing the business, as well as actively recruiting and consulting.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree at Monash University, Roxanne began her recruitment career with renowned recruiter Julia Ross. From there, Roxanne worked in HR and recruitment with a number of global players and boutique businesses throughout Australia, the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong for over 20 years. She has been responsible for managing large teams and projects, implementing RPO models, managing and assisting businesses to an IPO and assisting companies in setting up their recruitment teams and processes.

Following completion of her MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Roxanne launched EST10 in July 2010. In doing so, she hoped to combine the flexibility and high touch service levels of boutique agencies with the structure and strategy afforded to larger firms. Roxanne believes in high-touch, high-care consulting and is always on the lookout for consultants that share this vision of recruitment.