Wednesday, November 20, 2013

EY65+more: From EY with love

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving”- Mother Theresa

That was the theme of EY Curaçao’s Office Day 2013, a day in which EY Curaçao chose to not only celebrate their employees but to also reaffirm their commitment to the community. During EY Office Day, a committee of employees presented “EY65+more”, a series of unique volunteer projects where all employees could choose to lend a helping hand with the aim of giving 65 hours+more back to the community. All EY-ers were invited to roll up their sleeves in support of an afterschool program, an elderly home, a foster home, a farm for persons with limitations and families all around the island. The call to action was answered immediately, as many EY-ers signed up at the first hour to join the several projects!

Many ways to give
The aim was to complete 5 community projects from November 1st to November 9th, but due to the rainy weather forecast the dates were extended. Yet the excitement did not vanish for a moment! Even with torrential rainfall, all EY volunteers read up on the ostrich and showed up to the first project: a reading excursion with children of Fundashon Ban Stimulá Lesamentu to the Ostrich Farm. Thanks to EY most children were able to see the animal they had studied and read about during animal month in real life.

In the meantime, even the office was being transformed. Meeting rooms were cleared for storage, as employees collected basic care items to give to 65 families in need for the holidays. An extensive package with buckets, towels and all sorts of items to pamper the body were sorted during two days, packaged with love and sealed with a personal message. These items were handed to Fundashon Mami Sa, Voedselbank Curaçao, Stichting Acute Noodhulp Armoede and a monastery.
Also not bothered by the weather was a Picasso team ready to brighten the days of approximately 65 children living at Huize St.Jozef/Rose Pelletier. Led by artist Roberto Tjon-a-Meeuw, about 21 children and several EY volunteers had a fun-filled and heartwarming day full of laughter, song, and color. The end product: this beautiful mural masterpiece they can proudly look at every day!

At Mi Amparo in Habaai, our elders also received a token of appreciation that they can take advantage of daily: a life-size checkers board to keep them active! None was happier than one of the daily visitors, Cedric, whose son happened to be a previous checkers champion. In about three hours, a team of advisors, accountants and auditors strategized to bring a board game to life. 

Building a better community
When Zorgboerderij de Savaan advertised that they needed all the hands they could use to rebuild what was left behind after their farm was destroyed for no reason, EY-ers stepped up to the plate. On an early Saturday morning, EY volunteers joined others as they cleared the old to build the new!
We always believed that when people come together they can achieve wonderful things, and in every single one of the EY volunteer projects this was demonstrated anew. Kudos to all of the EY volunteers who brought forth smiles, warmed hearts and left a positive mark by giving with all of their heart.

As a company EY has demonstrated through 65 years of excellence a commitment to making the difference for their clients, their people and their community.

THANK YOU for the LOVE EY, and we wish you 65+ many more years of building a better community.     

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