Network’s Philanthropic Work
The Network Group has a long history of supporting our community, both through supporting charitable organisations who work with defined goals, and through direct donations to people in the community who are in need for any number of reasons.
Network’s take on philanthropy is that there are many worthy causes, and while we recognise that they are all in need of donations, at times some require more support than others. The Network Group also recognises those in the community who are struggling and have difficulty accessing support through traditional charity and community organisations, or where help from these sources may come too late to make a difference.
Over many years, The Network Group has worked with children’s charities, supported medical work in third world countries, and run a hugely successful campaign over 5 years delivering food to ordinary Australians unable to regularly feed themselves and their families. Partnering with our member stores, The Network Group has delivered over 150 tonnes of food to hungry Australian children and families. Network has also pledged small gifts to families who have struggled to pay rent, lost their homes before Christmas and have been victims of domestic violence. These are but a few examples of our work and highlight some of our philanthropic values.
Below you can find more examples of some of the amazing things we have achieved in directly and by working with partner charity organisations.
Cans 4 Films
Problem: The issue of hunger relief wasn’t getting the attention, nor the practical solutions that the problem deserved.
Solution: Across Network Video stores, the public were encouraged to donate cans of food for free rentals.
Result: Over the course of six years, over 150 tonnes of food was donated via Network stores, directly to those who needed it the most.
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Black Saturday Bushfire collection
Problem: Following the devastating Black Saturday bushfires, Network strived to find a way to use its wide network of stores to offer practical help to those affected.
Solution: Network stores across the nation were used as donation points for food, clothes and other relief items.
Result: Those donations were brought together and sent directly to the disaster area – over 10 semi trailer loads of goods were donated, along with entertainment items like movies and games to keep the affected children distracted from the devastation.
Problem: The issue of homelessness, especially in the inner cities of Australia, is reaching crisis level, with existing emergency accommodation no longer being sufficient to house the current amount of homeless people.
Solution: Through the Street Swags charity, Swagtember was a one night event that saw ordinary Australians sleep rough for a night, to experience what homeless people have to deal with, and raise both funds and awareness.
Result: The majority of Network HQ management participated in this event, raising funds through sponsorship and raising awareness through social media.
Problem: The sudden death of noted artist Hec Geddes left his cerebral palsy affected son alone, and looking for support.
Solution: Network staged an exhibition of his works, all sales of which would go straight to Hec’s son.
Result: Over 70 pieces of art were sold, raising tens of thousands of dollars in the process.
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Starlight Movie Month
Problem: The Starlight Childrens Foundation is constantly looking for donations to ensure it brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalised children across Australia.
Solution: Each year the entire rental industry bands together to put together and distribute a special DVD, all proceeds of which go straight to the Starlight Foundation.
Result: Network has consistently been a part of this initiative, which has raised millions of dollars over the years for Starlight.