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CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITY

Alsco is proud to be an active supporter of our local communities

Alsco help a wide range of not for profit, sporting and local community organisations and initiatives. Alsco has initiated programmes to reuse, recycle and redistribute linen, textiles, and first aid supplies, here in NZ and also overseas. 

CHARITABLE DONATIONS SINCE 2016

6000
FIRST AID KITS
45000
FIRST AID KITS
70
CHARITIES

Our Repurposing

Alsco has lifted its community engagement to new levels with our wonderful volunteer Alsco Ambassadors. Supported by products from all our branches, the Ambassador project continues to grow. Its purpose is to provide alternate outlets for goods that previously have ended up in landfill.

Our team has now engaged with more than 80 different charitable organisations in New Zealand and abroad. Many of these charities have multiple sites in New Zealand that we have connected with. For example, two of the Kiwi organisations we have longstanding relations with are Shine with 29 community sites, and Healthy Homes with 14 different locations provided with goods to date.

Alsco is extremely proud of Pat and her team. In the last three years (including a disrupted Covid 2020), the Ambassadors have given away 33,000 sheets and pillowcases (including 1,500 cot sheets made from cut down queen or king sheets), more than 3,400 first aid kits, plus numerous boxes of used but still useful miscellaneous supplies. 

It is a real positive community story all round. A shared commitment to helping others in less fortunate circumstances has resulted in wider engagement and important enhancements to the Alsco Ambassador programme, such as establishing order forms for some organisations.

Alsco really appreciates and acknowledges the help and enthusiasm of PBT (Peter Baker Transport). Since late 2018 PBT has picked up cartons and pallets of donated goods from Alsco’s Kingsland operation and delivered these free of charge anywhere in New Zealand. 

Our amazing, wonderful, indefatigable Alsco Ambassador Pat Munro celebrated an incredible 80 years young on the 22nd of September last year.  Pat is one of life’s true givers, and yes, you guessed it! She is still voluntarily turning up for work since her retirement 6 years ago.  We are incredibly proud of the Ambassador gifting project. The volume of linen, first aid kits, and other items that you have found a home for is now well excess of 60,000 items. Absolutely amazing, and always appreciated by those wonderful organisations in New Zealand and beyond that you have forged long term alliances with.  Pat…we love you, we admire your energy, and are most thankful for what you have done, and continue to do for us, for 40 years now.  Please slow down – you deserve it – and we can’t keep up with you!

ALSCO AMBASSADORS Glennis, Sheryn & Pat

Auckland City Mission Cookoff

Alsco is actively involved in the Auckland City Mission Cook-Off again. The event was delayed from 2021 due to the Auckland lock-down, but pleasingly was rescheduled to June 2022.

The amazing work of the City Mission inspires us, it’s part of our community engagement, and we wish to support them by raising awareness and heaps of money. I was lucky enough to represent Alsco and be part of the Cook-Off this year – the fourth person from our business to take part. The Cook-Off brings together business leaders and top chefs to give back to our community through a special evening of good food and good company. On 9th June we all put our culinary skills to the test by cooking a three-course meal for 200 City Mission guests, under the expert guidance of some of Auckland’s top chefs. We were tasked with not only cooking a delicious, nutritious meals for people who otherwise couldn’t afford it, but raising $10,000 each for the Mission’s work to support Auckland’s most vulnerable people.

This year the work is more important than ever. Because of Covid, many more Aucklanders have been turning to the Mission for support through this time of crisis. One in five Auckland families are now struggling to put food on the table and demand for the Mission’s emergency food parcels has more than doubled to over 1000 food parcels every week.

The event was again staged at the magnificent St Matthews-in-the-City Church, which has been the Auckland home for the City Mission for over 100 years. We all looked the part, kitted out by Deane Apparel in the latest Cutting Edge chef wear. We had some wonderful feedback about the meal from the guests, who really felt like VIPs at the event.

The event was a huge success, raising more than $240,000 to support the Mission’s work for Auckland’s most vulnerable people. All this money will help provide emergency food parcels for people who would otherwise go hungry at this difficult time.

Giving Something Back

Early in 2017, Alsco joined with the exciting Million Metres Streams Project.  It’s a partnership that will help transform New Zealand’s waterways. Million Metres is led by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN), in partnership with Alsco and DOC (Department of Conservation).  

Million Metres aim is to support communities to replant one million metres of New Zealand waterways by 2026.

Each winter, Alsco staff join Million Metres teams at planting days around the country. To date, Alsco has been involved in 22 planting projects and have planted more than 17,500 native trees, with over 750 volunteers giving up time to support the programme.

Alsco planting days 2021...

7000
NATIVE PLANTS
200
VOLUNTEERS
1
PLANTING DAYS
700
HOURS

What people are saying...

Healthy Homes Rotorua

​Healthy Homes Rotorua supports low income families to live in warmer, drier, healthier homes. The service aims to prevent child hospital admissions of housing related indicator conditions that could lead to Rheumatic Fever.

“Alsco has generously supported our Healthy Homes Service In Rotorua as well as other Healthy Homes Initiatives across the country by providing us with sheets and towels, as well as First Aid kits. Healthy Homes support families to live in warm and dry homes. It is amazing to be able to provide extra resources such as re-purposed sheets and towels along with the beds that families are given out through the program. Clean linen also helps prevent the spread of skin infections within a home. We are very grateful for this partnership and continue to receive great feedback from families who really appreciate these products. Ngā mihi nui”

Robyn Fisher
HEALTH SERVICES MANAGER

Ronald McDonald House

RMHC® New Zealand supports families when their child is in a hospital away from home. Simply, we give families with a hospitalised child what they need most — each other.

“Since 2020 Alsco has been sponsoring Room 832 at our Auckland Domain Ronald McDonald House®.  They have given New Zealand families a ‘home-away-from-home’ while their child is in hospital, providing much-needed financial support to families who desperately need their help.   Alsco has enabled RMHC New Zealand® to provide and maintain a comfortable and beautifully furnished bedroom and bathroom. The room Alsco sponsors is so essential to families’ wellbeing, offering a safe haven at some of the most difficult times in their lives. Their investment has assisted with keeping their room freshly painted, and affording soft quilts for beds, fresh towels and home comforts.”

 

Wayne Howett
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Take My Hands

Take My Hands is a social enterprise that contributes to improved healthcare in the Pacific through the access of good medical equipment and knowledge from New Zealand.

“Alsco have been working with Take My Hands to get much needed supplies to hospitals and health centers in the Pacific.  We take for granted our access in New Zealand to great equipment and the supplies needed to provide good healthcare.  In the Pacific that same access is a challenge with financial and logistical barriers preventing them from accessing even the most basic supplies.  With Alsco’s help we have supplied linens for hospital beds and aged care facilities, and first aid supplies to for rural health centres in the Pacific.  The team at Alsco constantly amaze us with their willingness to go the extra mile in making this world a better place to be.”

​Janette Searle
MANAGING TRUSTEE

Kidney Kids

Kidney Kids NZ is a non-profit organisation established in 1990 to support children and their families and whānau with kidney disease and/orurinary tract disorders nationwide.

“Alsco have been involved with Kidney Kids since mid-2018 when Mark Roberts, then Group General Manager, joined our Board. He was subsequently elected Chairman and was an enthusiastic supporter of Kidney Kids until his move to Australia in 2020. His replacement, Steve Barden, was elected to the Board in August 2020 and replaced Mark as Chairman and has maintained Alsco’s incredible support of Kidney Kids. From fundraising with corporate golf days, to offering management support and guidance, Alsco’s support is much appreciated and has help Kidney Kids maintain support to our kids and their whanau throughout the past year living within the Covid-19 environment.”

Keith Mackenzie
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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