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Started in 2004, the PwC Foundation is our community involvement programme. It gives us the opportunity to make a significant and lasting contribution to the communities in which we work by leveraging the enormous talent, enthusiasm and generosity of our people across New Zealand.
We are focusing the efforts of the PwC Foundation on the top five causes identified by our people as the causes they are most passionate about; Education; Medical Diseases; Youth at Risk; Child Welfare and the Environment. We provide support in a variety of ways, including fundraising, volunteering, pro-bono work and community scholarships and sponsorships.
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Started in 2004, the PwC Scholarship programme targets students in Year 13. Our scholarship programme offers a range of support to talented students intending to study Commerce in a New Zealand tertiary institution. This support includes:
Since the launch of the programme, the Foundation Scholarship has awarded 29 scholarships. We are now celebrating the transition of our scholarship winners into PwC graduates.
In September we raise awareness and support for the 'International Literacy Day', participating offices across New Zealand collect books for donation to local charities.
On a national basis we are charity partners with Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC). We support LBC by participating in Shave fundraisers which have PwC people shaving their heads and colouring their hair. We also provide leadership within a group of corporate supporters of LBC and work with this group, a number whom are PwC clients, to benefit LBCs work. In 2009, our association with LBC reached a milestone with cumulative fund-raising for this cause reaching $500,000.
Support is also provided to Cure Kids and Cancer Society by PwC entering and supporting teams in the Cure Kids Great Adventure Race and Relay for Life events across New Zealand.
In addition to working with charity partners focusing on families and children, our Dunedin office has partnered with the Malcam Charitable Trust a recognised provider of training programmes benefiting youth in the Dunedin and Central Otago region.
We have aligned with the City Missions in Auckland and Wellington by contributing to their food and Christmas present collections, as well as providing monetary donations and staff time on a volunteer basis.
Our Christchurch office is closely engaged with Cholmondeley Children's Home (CCH), we contribute by providing monetary donations and supporting CCH's own fund raising activities.
In the Wellington region, we are currently supporting the Wellington Ronald McDonald House Building project and fundraising for a room in the new facility.
PwC is active in encouraging staff and partners to participate in volunteering activities that are environmentally focused. To date we have had a number of groups working to plant trees and clean up parks and reserves across the country. Efforts in the Auckland office includes a number of groups supporting the Motuihe Island Restoration project, which aims at restoring the vegetation and bird life on one of Auckland's gulf islands. In addition, we have promoted the WWF initiative and encouraged participation of our people in Earth Hour.
PwC has a long history of delivering professional services to not-for-profit organisations and charities. Pro-bono work enables our people to use their skills to assist and engage with community organisations in need. Delivering our expertise to community organisations is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things we can do. Some of the organisations we provide pro-bono services to include: