Customers are given the option to add a $1 donation to their monthly bill to help raise funds.
Aussie Broadband managing director Phillip Britt praised the customers’ efforts, noting: We’re so pleased that many of our customers share that view and have opted into the Small Change Big Change program, donating a dollar every month,” Britt says.
The telco joined the Small Change Big Change program last July 2019.
“We never thought it would reach $200,000. We would want to thank our customers’; it's their generosity that has enabled the program to reach this point,” Britt says.
100% of donations will go to small charities such as ReachOut, Red Dust, and Beacon Foundation. Aussie Broadband says that with these donations, an estimate of 19,149 young Australians now have access to education and engagement programs that promote mental health.
“Even more important to us is the impact that Small Change Big Change is having on the lives of young people across Australia. Building resilience for young Australians through mental health support, indigenous support and career mentoring is our priority,” Britt says.
“We are really looking forward to seeing what Small Change Big Change can achieve for young Australians next,” Britt adds.
Telco Together executive director Renee Bowker says the program also benefits the broader community.
Bowker says the organisations they support are charities but are businesses too. She says these contributions have also helped support over 60 staff who can continue to provide for their families.
Telco Together general manager Warren Sainsbury says the program is making a difference in the lives of young Australians.
“Small Change Big Change is growing, thanks to their support. This growth means that we can reach more young people and look at future opportunities to make an even greater impact,” he says.
“Aussie Broadband, along with some other amazing telco companies, are really getting behind this program and I cannot wait to provide more support for the future of our country—young Australians,” Sainsbury concludes.