Together we make a difference

 

ABOUT US

Turosi Giving is built on the premise that there is power in numbers. A small contribution made by many people can make a considerable difference to those in need when we work together towards a common goal.

The first stone was cast in 2011, when a formal charity organisation was established on behalf of employees within the company. Since then, we have assisted many charities, both locally and abroad, by providing relief and support to people in genuine need of help.
Our employees and business partners have experienced first-hand the rewards that come from giving to those less fortunate.

Turosi Giving is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC) as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI).

The purpose of the charity is to relieve the burden resulting from sickness, poverty, disability and other misfortune, with a particular focus on children.

"Alone, I cannot change the world but
I can cast a stone across the waters to
create many ripples.”Mother Teresa

 

Our vision is an organisation where ‘giving’ is firmly embedded into its culture.
Our mission is to present opportunities to our employees through which they can actively contribute towards improving the lives of children. We will inspire our members to take part in programs which will not only benefit others but enrich their own lives in the process.

OUR FOCUS

We believe every child in this world has the right to have their basic needs, such as food, water, clothing, education, healthcare and recreation, met. In reality, this is not the case for many children and their families.

When working with families, we focus on finding practical ways to ease their burden and to provide some relief from their circumstances.

We aim to build solid relationships and in doing so, develop a mutual trust and become change-makers within less fortunate communities.
Our donations are directed into areas where we have identified a real need and where the donation will have a direct, immediate, or long lasting benefit for the recipient.

We believe that by working together towards specific goals and projects, we can truly make a difference in the lives of those who need our help the most.

OUR PROGRAMS

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FUNDRAISING

Major events and employee driven events.

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WORKPLACE GIVING

Dollar matched contribution to Turosi
Giving or a specific charity of choice.

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WORKPLACE GIVING

Dollar matched contribution to Turosi Giving or a specific charity of choice.

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EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER
PROGRAM

Allocation of two days paid leave per year
to each employee to volunteer with a
charity of their choice.

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EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER
PROGRAM

Allocation of two days paid leave per year to each employee to volunteer with a charity of their choice.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Turosi Giving is governed by a Board of Directors selected from within the Company. The board is made up of four (4) members with the appropriate qualifications and who meet the criteria of a ‘responsible person’ as defined by the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC).

The Board of Directors meet twice yearly to ensure the Committee has operated effectively to represent the members of the institution and discharged its roles and responsibilities in the most appropriate manner, as well as to carry out its own governance duties.

The Turosi Giving Committee is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the charity organisation.
The Committee is comprised of employees from all parts of the company who are passionate about giving back.

The Turosi Giving Committee will meet quarterly. Their roles and responsibilities include:
  •  to organise and oversee all charity events and fundraising
  •  to represent the views and provide feedback from their colleagues within the business
  •  to review submissions and requests for donations, providing feedback and approval where appropriate
  •  to approve proposed fundraising activities
  •  to approve grants, in consultation with the company’s CEO
  •  to work ‘hands on’ in fundraising events and the volunteer program
  •  to lead by example

CHARITY PARTNERS

TUROSI GIVING HAS SUPPORTED MANY CHILDREN’S CHARITIES INCLUDING:

 

Amaze
Amor Key Project
Anti Cancer Council
Asthma Foundation
Aust Vietnam Friends
Australian Childhood Foundation
Australian Leukodystrophy
Support
Autism Spectrum
Barwon Health
Berry Street
Bethany
Beyond Blue
Brainwave
Breast Cancer Foundation
BUPA Around the Bay
Caitlin’s Retreat

Cancer Foundation
Childfund
Childwise
Clown Doctors
Coeliac Vic & Tas
Cottage By the Sea
CPEC
Crohn’s & Colitis
Diamond Valley Project
Disability Sports
Duchenne Foundation
Epilepsy Foundation Victoria
Friends of Sammy
Jo Foundation
Good Friday Appeal RCH
Guide Dogs
Headspace Collingwood
ICAN network

Insight Education
Kids Plus Foundation
Kids International Ministries
Kids Under Cover
Kids with Cancer
Lifeline
Mission Engage Youth Programs
Mo Team
My Room
Northern Health Foundation
Northern Hospital
Open Doors Youth Service
Orygen Youth Health
People Animal Nature (PAN)
Project Booyah
Reach Foundation
Red Dust
Redkite
Riding for the Disabled

River Nile Support & Relief Group
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Royal Children Hospital
Sabre Cause
Scope (Vic) Pty Ltd
Shalom Cathedral School India
Shine
SIDS Foundation
Smith Family
Still Aware
Suicide Prevention Australia
The Mirabel Foundation
Tyler Fishlock Foundation
Unicef
Variety Children Charity
Very Special Kids
Wayfaring Foundation
Whitelion

 

LATEST NEWS & SPECIAL EVENTS

PROJECT OVERSEAS

A desire to extend our reach overseas saw an expansion of
our charity work into Cambodia.

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PROJECT OVERSEAS

A desire to extend our reach overseas saw an expansion of our charity work into Cambodia.

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Project Overseas

A desire to extend our reach overseas saw an expansion of our charity work into Cambodia.

In 2017, a team was sent to explore opportunities where we could make a difference and leave our own unique footprint. Projects were identified and relationships with local leaders were established.

Turosi prides itself on being a diverse and multicultural workplace. Many of our employees have their roots in countries such as Cambodia where, for various reasons, there is widespread poverty, corruption, and exploitation.

This was our way of giving back to the home places of some of our valuable members.

The key to helping people in Cambodia was to raise some much needed funds. A compelling story was presented to guests who attended our Gala Ball in October 2017.

An overwhelming response to this story saw us allocate $100K to this campaign. We were well on the road to creating something special.

The projects identified in Cambodia focus on providing support and assistance to families living in slum conditions who are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty. By focusing on children and providing them access to education, we hope to improve the prospects for the next generation.

Our intention is to fund programs and projects which provide a sustainable income and can directly impact the future of these communities.

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OPERATION COMMUNITY GIVEAWAY

It’s not every day you get to give away $100K to charity.

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OPERATION COMMUNITY GIVEAWAY

It’s not every day you get to give away $100K to charity.

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Operation Community Giveaway

The 28th July, 2017 was an exceptional day…. because it’s not every day you get to give away $100K to charity.

Internally, we named it “Operation Community Giveaway”. We asked our ten committee members to choose a children’s charity which was close to their heart. They were asked to research the charity and report back to us, telling us how the charity could benefit from a donation of $10,000.

But it wasn’t as simple as that; we wanted to produce a short documentary. We contacted each of the charities and asked them if they would be willing to participate in our film which would, in turn, be used to create awareness of fundraising and volunteering opportunities which exist within our community.

We then set off on a road trip, camera person in tow, and visited each organisation together with the committee member who nominated them. On our travels we met many remarkable people; small groups who are each doing BIG things to help children in their care and on their radar.

We were both humbled and excited about the prospect of being able to lend a hand.

We didn’t tell them the real reason for our visit. Instead, we invited them to a special luncheon under the guise of attending the launch of our documentary. We wanted them to witness what we had created with their contribution, as well as for them to get to know other likeminded charities.

It was a very emotional day for all present and it was extremely rewarding for all of the committee members. And to top it all off, each group was presented with a donation of $10,000.

The responses from our guests were priceless. One group was the recipient of $20,000 after one of our committee members, upon viewing some preliminary footage, decided that he would like to contribute his share to this very worthwhile cause.

Days like this are the culmination and result of the hard work of the committee members and the continuous contributions of the Turosi staff.

How wonderful that together we can achieve all of this and to think it started from one cast stone.

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GOLF DAY

Our annual charity golf day has become a permanent
fixture on the Turosi Giving fundraising calendar.

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GOLF DAY

Our annual charity golf day has become a permanent fixture on the Turosi Giving fundraising calendar.

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Golf Day 2019

Over the years, we have built a wonderful relationship with the Clown Doctors and our golfing guests are more than happy to put their hands in their pockets for a good cause. In our travels around the course, we did hear whispers of some underhanded tactics of teams willing to ‘donate’ in order to gain an advantage over the competition. Normally, we would not turn a blind idea to such ideas, but when it’s all in the name of charity, who are we to intervene?

Congratulations to the winning team from De Luca Partners who took out top honours, followed by the boys at Blue Box IT, believed to have been boosted by our very own Andrew Christo – National IT Manager (that’s according to Andrew, of course). The encouragement award went to Oz Staff Team 2, who took it all in their stride. It was pleasing to see more women on the course this year, in particular the ‘Turosi Ladies’ led by Yvette Turner in their vibrant attire, bringing lots of class to the event.

The atmosphere at our golf days is always a great thing to be a part of. It is a sentiment echoed by many throughout the day and is made even more colourful by the good cheer provided by the Clown Doctors. This year we had the privilege of having Doctor Fizzy Wizzy and Doctor Popoff on duty. Our golfers were checked over and treated with doses of humour by these very talented doctors.

It is a privilege to organise events such as these, that bring together so many like-minded people who are so willing to support important causes, without expectation of anything in return. Sure, they get to play a good round of golf and enjoy a fun-filled day, but the impact of this goes far deeper.

The generosity of our sponsors means that the Clown Doctors can do even more of what they do best, that is, they are able to conduct more visits to more children in more hospitals. That is their goal and we are extremely proud to be in a position to help them to achieve it.

The day was an overwhelming success with a donation of $28,700 being handed over to the Clown Doctors. This brings our tally to over $160,000 since 2011, from this event alone. That is something we at Turosi can all be proud of.

Our golf day is just one of the ways in which we make a difference and it’s a great event to be a part of. I take this opportunity to thank those who have assisted in planning the day and all of our volunteers who helped to make the day such a success; an awesome display of teamwork and people working together towards a common goal.

Of course, days like this are only possible because of our sponsors. Our sincerest gratitude to Phil Schols and the team at GPS Electrical for being our major sponsor, together with Aviagen for sponsoring our dinner, and Grant Thornton for sponsoring the golf balls. Many thanks to all of our hole and team sponsors, we are extremely grateful for your support.

I would also like to make special mention of Lee Ryan (National QSR/FCD Sales Manager) for sharing his personal story about his experience with the Clown Doctors when his son Fletcher was in hospital. This heartfelt presentation reinforced the reason we support the Clown Doctors, and to have it told by one of our own really drove that home.

We look forward to welcoming all of our supporters back to the green around the same time next year.

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TUROSI GALA BALL

The fifth gala ball for Turosi Giving, formerly known as the
Turi Trust; an achievement we are incredibly proud of.

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TUROSI GALA BALL

The fifth gala ball for Turosi Giving, formerly known as the Turi Trust; an achievement we are incredibly proud of.

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Gala Ball 2019

It was our pleasure to welcome guests back to the magnificent Savoy Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, on October 12th, to celebrate all things Melbourne

This was the fifth gala ball for Turosi Giving, formerly known as Turi Trust; an achievement we are incredibly proud of, given that our expertise is in manufacturing food rather than manufacturing events.

The success of this event however had much less to do with our creative skills and much more to do with the fact that we are passionate about our charity work and we like to think we put our heart and soul into everything we do. Coupled with the fact that we had incredible support through our sponsors, our customers, our business partners, and friends, the event’s success came as no surprise. When you gather so many enthusiastic, generous and kind spirited people in one room, the outcome is simply amazing.

Two years ago, almost to the day, we sat in the same room and we invited our guests to come along with us on a journey; a journey to visit some of the world’s most impoverished places; places where people barely have food to eat or a place to call home. We plotted our course together and we travelled, virtually, over the Australian Red Centre, over to India and back to Cambodia. Everywhere we went, we left a footprint. The mark we left will remain long after we have come home, because what we did will continue to make a difference well into the future. We are so proud of everything we have achieved with Project Overseas.

Now, it was time to come home. What a contrast to where we have been. Familiar sounds, familiar smells, clean streets, safe roads, infrastructure, transportation, beautiful gardens...education, healthcare, democratic government, opportunities.... the list goes on.

From the minute our 550 guests arrived ‘under the clocks’ with their specially designed ‘Myki Cards’, they were met with typical scenes of Melbourne, from the roving tram conductors, to the silver statutes, to the representation of the iconic Flinders Street Station.

Considered among the world’s most liveable, Melbourne is a city alive with culture and a love of food, fashion, coffee and sport; a city famous for the street art which covers most laneways.

All of the street signs pointed to a wonderful evening, and as always the entertainment on offer was first class. As we travelled ‘virtually’ through the streets of Melbourne, we came across each of our entertainers, from show openers ‘Superhoodz Crew’ who got the crowd buzzing, to ‘Soul Mystique’ whose jaw dropping performance left us all wondering ‘how?’, and finally to winner of ‘The Voice 2019’, Diana Rouvas whose performance of some well-known ballads just took our breath away.

Apart from having a great time, our sights were firmly set on raising lots of money for our charity partners, The Mirabel Foundation and Kids Under Cover. These wonderful organisations are at the forefront of youth homelessness in Victoria and New South Wales. They intervene to prevent matters getting out of hand. Their focus is on keeping young people at home and in education and they facilitate this in a variety of ways from practical everyday support, advocacy, scholarships, and by providing a place to call home.

To make it more real for our guests, we heard the heart breaking story of Lourine Taylor and how this much loved grandmother had to put her entire life on hold to care for the five children of her drug affected daughter, and how without the care and support of our charity partners, the outcomes for these children may have been very different.

Lourine was our special guest that evening, and we were touched by the outpouring of love and compassion for her. This was a highlight of the evening, so spontaneous and authentic, it demonstrated the spirit of our guests. I know that Lourine was extremely touched by such displays of human kindness.

The result said it all: the highest amount ever raised at one of our events. A total of $177,500 was donated to our special charities, which also included our local hospitals in Geelong and Epping, Mission Engage Youth Programs and continued support for our friends at the Shalom Cathedral School in India and The Amor Key Project in Cambodia.

All of this was only possible because of the outpouring of generosity from our incredible sponsors and wonderful guests. A heartfelt thank you to Matt Hand from Chillfreeze Logistics and his family who were our Principal Partner for this event. Thank you to all of our sponsors, and all who donated cash, prizes or their services. We are extremely grateful for your contribution. My gratitude also to everyone who helped make this evening so special from our creative design team and our volunteers, to our wonderful Master of Ceremonies, Sara James, who injected so much fun and warmth into the evening.

As always, this event is a wonderful representation of what is at the heart of Turosi. For me, it is an absolute privilege to share this event with my fellow committee members and colleagues. It reinforces how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to give back to our community through our employer, and to enjoy the rewards that come from it.

We look forward to doing it all again in 2021, until then I will be busy planning our next adventure.

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