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Adcorp Wellington Proves it's not that Hard to Help Those Less Fortunate

Movember: 2 females, 1 male


Last time, members of the Wellington Adcorp team tasted their way through the diverse eateries across the New Zealand capital, competing against each other to prove the worth of their favorite eat outs.

This month, we took a different approach and delved into a side of New Zealand that should concern all Kiwis. With a consistently increasing number of individuals and families struggling to maintain a balanced lifestyle, the Adcorp Wellington team decided to take a moment to think of others and look into the different opportunities of giving.

Let’s start with our Administration Manager Rebecca. Bec coaches her son’s basketball team during the week and while she may not have the height credentials to slam dunk her way to the NBA, Bec has a knack for organising 10 year olds!  

While the most challenging aspect of the game is to give all players a fair go on the court, the most rewarding experience is being able to see how much they LOVE to compete and participate in team activities. This is only one example of getting out of your comfort zone to participate in your community!

Next we have Saffron, our Agency manager who has embarked on a hairy adventure with A La Mode Photography in a fundraising effort, to support Movember; the Month of the Mo.

Now just to confirm, Saffron IS a woman, however that shouldn’t stop anyone from being a Mo-Sister. In the hope of raising awareness and vital funds for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression, the A La Mo’s will be capturing the mo-ments as the lads strut their masculinity through the Wellington region, all the while raising funds and having a load of fun. The result will be a book and calendar full of moustache goodness. We look forward to seeing the progress of this mo-tastic idea!

And finally, with the support of our office, I took on the challenge of participating in UNICEF “Live Below the Line”; a campaign that is changing the way people think about poverty.

The 5 day challenge pushed everyday people to live on the New Zealand equivalent of extreme poverty to catch a glimpse into the lives of people who have no choice but to rely on just $2.25 a day to cover a lot more than just food. One of our creative gurus, Vanita designed a nifty poster banner that we sent around the Adcorp offices for support!

For 5 days, my food plan consisted of:
  • 1 cup of cereal and 1 banana for breakfast
  • 1 cup of boiled rice and 2 small potatoes for lunch;
  • 1 boiled egg for dinner;and
  • hovering over the shoulders of others trying desperately to digest the aromatic deliciousness of their meals through my nasal sense.

At the end of the challenge, I wasted no time chowing down on my first “proper” meal (a Supersized Big Mac, Fries and all) but I learned some valuable lessons:

1.You never know how “the other half” lives until you’ve walked in their shoes.

2.$2.25 really doesn’t get you far these days and the implications are not just malnutrition and a gnawing-hunger that drives you to distraction. Such poverty has a direct and greater social impact on individuals, families and society as a whole.

3. It doesn’t take much time, effort or money to help others.

The opportunities are out there whether it’s coaching a sports team, sticking fluffy hair pieces to your face or starving yourself, compassion and understanding can be expressed in a variety of ways so get out there and make a difference to someone today!

Lisa Lee, Account Manager






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