When we support our team members to achieve their goals or our communities local sporting clubs and events, we are providing much more than just funding, we are helping build a better tomorrow.
Focused on fitness in the name of mental health.
Recently 23 team members committed to participate in a fitness ‘wellness’ challenge to raise precious funds for Beyond Blue. Beyond Blue have been helping Australian’s with support programs for matters relating to depression, suicide prevention and several other mental illnesses for 20 years.
Office water stations were being refilled regularly as the team focused on achieving their fitness targets.
A fit-abulous effort from everyone involved raising $7,568 of our $5,000 target.
During these times when it is so easy to become isolated, physical activity is important to incorporate into our daily lives to help maintain good mental health. If you feel you are struggling please reach out to Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.
From the Skies
Technology and nature working at its best.
If ever there is a year that Australia has shown its resilience 2020 has to be a contender. The last 12 months has certainly produced a series of events that have tested even the strongest. From extreme weather conditions to the country shutting down from a global pandemic, 2020 has left its mark.
Undoubtedly many of us recall the severe bushfire season which saw a state of disaster declared in most states throughout Australia. Hundreds of fires tor throughout the country leaving a path of charred devastation, shattered dreams, lost lives, and a mass toll on our wildlife populations. Images of our iconic koalas burnt and trying to flee smouldering landscapes are forever etched in our memories. It is estimated more than 12.6 million hectares burned and nearly 1.25 billion animals perished. Impactful statistics that are hard to imagine.
The focus of attention is now turned to ensuring long-term plans and projects are in place to restore and future-proof our forests and wildlife back to better than ever before. Ericom, one of Australia’s premier technology solutions companies, was approached by NSW based Tetra Tech to source and deliver specialised equipment that will assist their Eco Logical Australia division to measure current Koala and other native wildlife populations.
Tetra Tech’s CIO Henric Wettergren said “It was important for us to consider ways that would allow us to establish accurate data from areas that are not easily accessible to humans. We figured the most effective way to observe, was to head to the skies. When we contacted the team at Ericom and told them our mission, there was no question that their passion equalled ours”.
Human spotters make foreign noises when walking in bushland causing animals to forage and hide making it hard to keep score reliably. The introduction of cutting-edge drone technology allows the Eco Logical team to locate and count wildlife in a non-invasive and more accurate method.
The team turned to Rise Above, experts in custom drone solutions to help engineer the right technology for the task. Two different types of drones are being used as part of this project, the DJI Matrice 300 RTK features a heat signature camera that allows body heat tracking of an animal and is the latest commercial drone platform taking inspiration from modern aviation systems. The second drone is used to collect water samples allowing the team to quickly analyse the water quality ensuring it is safe for consumption. The DJI Matrice 600 has been especially helpful to get to hard-to-reach areas, it is also equipped with aerial photography capabilities.
Through continued innovation in technology, we are able to achieve greater insights into native animal species to monitor their health and the health of their habitat in an endeavour to protect them from extinction.
We’re a competitive bunch – all for a good cause of course.
Each year the wonderful team at Savvy Fitness plays host to bring the Wollongong community together to promote physical activity and healthy hearts in supportive environments all while raising funds for a local charity in the area – welcome to Savvy Survivor.
Savvy Survivor is a 7 day charity event where the emphasis is teamwork, fun and participation. Four teams made up of Savvy members, associate businesses, and the wider community duke it out to achieve points through a series of activities and challenges. Survivor is designed to physically and mentally test participants while encouraging teamwork and raise funds for local charity.
2020s charity of choice, Healthy Cities Illawarra, run a series of wellbeing initiatives with a focus on creating healthy environments and enabling healthy choices for the people of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region. Healthy Cities Illawarra is part of an international movement initiated by the World Health Organisation in 1986.
Ericom’s very own Tate English, a Green Tribe Chief, pulled off an incredible effort performing six laps of the sublime point circuit, a massive 15klm loop up and down a mountain in the rain. Tate is known to us for always bringing his A-game but we couldn’t go past without acknowledging his determination and amazing results – great work Tate! Together the Ericom team raised $2,500 to go towards helping make our community happier, healthier and more active. Savvy Survivor 2020 raised a total of $39,839.00.