People who care, helping people who need
Back in 1999, a number of our KPMG Crimsonwing employees started a great initiative, which is called People Who Care Fund. It is what it says on the tin: Our People Who Care generously donate a proportion of their salaries to charitable causes.
Our People Who Care hold regular meetings and the beneficiaries of the donations are chosen by consensus throughout the year. Generally, they are non-political, non-controversial and based in Malta and many (though not all) support child and youth organisations. When possible, we donate goods or equipment rather than cash. And if some good hard craft is needed, it’s certainly not above us to get our hands dirty as well.
Over the last year our committed People Who Care have racked up a whole load of donations, which went to a wide range of good causes:
- Rotary Club: Several KPMG Crimsonwing colleagues have joined the club during their “Hands-on Days” to help refurbish the buildings of Dar Ghabex women’s shelter, the St Jeanne Antide Foundation drop-in-centre and the Dar Qalb ta Gesu women’s shelter.
- Lifecycle: a donation for an annual cycling event that raises money for the Mater Dei Renal Unit
- St Jeanne Anitide Foundation: Donating to their Bridge Basic-Skills program, we’re supporting to help identify at-risk, hard-to-reach, and socially excluded youths, as well as those with mental health problems and mild developmental delays. The young people get help with their Maltese and English literacy skills, as well as with other skills like ICT, cooking, budgeting, independent living, and social skills.
- Dar tal-Providenza: donation to help them offer services to people with disabilities.
- Salesians: donation to help them care for young children and teens, the majority of whom are separated from their families.
- Individuals: a donation to purchase airline tickets to travel to receive crucial cancer treatment.
- Puttinu Cares cancer support group: we made a donation for the marathon which they organised to raise awareness for cancer support.
- Dar Suret Il-Bniedem: we made alimentary donations, having bought fresh groceries for the two shelters they run for the homeless.
- Dar Qalb ta’ Gesu: Another donation went towards refurbishing flat-lets in Hamrun, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.
All in all, it has been a very positive year for the People Who Care Fund, and we hope that next year will be even better!