TELUS Day of Giving in action – we give back to the communities in Europe
October 10, 2014
By Desislava Rangelova
This year the magic of the TELUS Day of Giving reached Bulgaria on August 30 and Romania on September 27. Over 500 TELUS International Europe team members from our Bulgarian sites came together to support the Louis Braille School for visually impaired children in Sofia, and over 300 team member from our Romanian sites supported the “Pinocchio” Center for Social Services in Bucharest. In each city, our team members come together to give their hearts, minds and hands to the service of others, volunteering the full day in their community.
In Sofia with the cooperation of the I Can Too Foundation for second consecutive year we came back to the Louis Braille School for visually impaired children where we held our last TELUS Day of Giving in Bulgaria. A year ago we managed to repaint the school fence, renovate the grass fields and gardens and freshen up the classrooms. This year we renovated the dorms by repainting all walls in the bedrooms and staircases, and changing the lightning in every building. Outside we repainted all benches and refurbished the gardens and the playground.
Joined by Marilyn Tyfting, vice-president of human resources at TELUS International, locals, friends and family our team members from Sofia and Plovdiv accomplished a great deal. And although is a 1 one-day event, the spirit of giving is infectious and it will live on throughout the year in the many volunteer activities our teams participate in. This year, the children from the Louis Braille School started the new school year fulfilled with excitement about their renovated living and studying facilities.
For the TELUS Day of Giving in Romania, TELUS International Europe, along with MaiMultVerde Association, chose as a beneficiary the ”Pinocchio” Center for Social Services, located in the first district of the Romanian capital. The center gives shelter to homeless, abandoned and abused boys and girls aged 3 to 18.
The goal of the event was to improve the living conditions of the 50 children who call the ”Pinocchio” Center home. The volunteeers from Bucharest and Craiova, joined by TELUS International President Jeffrey Puritt, Canadian Ambassador in Romania H.E. Joanne Lemay, journalists and bloggers, refurbished the center inside and out. Among other activities, the volunteers built a wood gazebo, put up fences, planted trees and bushes, trimmed the green space and renovated the playground equipment. Indoors, they painted and repaired the walls of the dorms and halls making the rooms of the center a more pleasant place to live. At the end of the day, the children joined the volunteers and were pleasently surprised by the improvements to their home, the gifts provided to them and a magic show with Fred Fogherty, a French magician, illusionist and mentalist.
“It is remarkable what we can accomplish when we come together and decide to make a change. All you have to do is make a commitment to recognize the importance of giving back to the community and you can change the world by helping to give every person an equal opportunity to have a rich life. Every time I participate in an event like this, it reminds me of our responsibility as members of the human race to do something to make the world a better place,” said Jeffrey Puritt, TELUS International President.
This year, more than 20,000 TELUS team members around the world will donate their time and energy to worthy causes in their local communities on the TELUS Day of Giving, bringing to life the TELUS philosophy – “we give where we live.”
Desislava Rangelova, Brand and CSR Manager, TELUS International Europe
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