Closed for Good is BNZ’s national day of volunteering and is the single largest day of corporate volunteering in New Zealand. They close their stores and offices and roll up their sleeves to help communities be good with money.
This year they are in 452 locations and will be donating 25,000 volunteer hours to the bottom lines of charities and communities all over New Zealand.
The social media team at BNZ have challenged me to go on a magical mystery tour around Auckland today to find out just what projects the staff are working on. I’m starting off at 9 am at Project Jonah in Mt Eden where they’ll be working on a plan to develop financial sustainability.
The team will then tweet 2 options of where I should go next – so it’s over to you, the online public, to decide which projects I get to document. I’ve loaded up my gadget bag and will post updates here and on Twitter/Vine/Instagram – just look up @bucklesnz
1pm-ish Okay – I made it back to town, though I’m running low on batteries. I got to the Auckland City Mission – but the team were having a quick lunch break off-site. Shame I couldn’t stick around. Luckily I have helpers everywhere and these are some of the photos the team had already taken and were able to share with me. It looks like they are having fun sorting the donated goods that are provided to the Mission into packs for the end recipients. Good work Auckland City Mission. Good work BNZ team.
12:00 And here we are at the Endeavour Sea Scouts in Te Atatu. A large team has been at work since 9 this morning and they’ve been blessed with sunshine and low winds (unlike the teams in Wellington and the South Island who I hear are battling snow and gales). This shed has been completely prepped and painted. The second coat is well under way.
10:30 The kids and staff at Appleseed Educare are lovely. I hope they like the new bench the guys are making for them. It was in the early stages when I got there, but I’m sure if Craig (Herbison, Chief Marketing Officer) has anything to do with it it’s going to be top notch.
9:33 Dominion Road, Auckland. Team brain-storm and planning with Project Jonah (http://www.projectjonah.org.nz/). Very interesting. Great to be a fly on the wall.
8: 10 – Getting my tech sorted for the day – HP Ultrabook, Apple iPad, iPhone, MacBook Air, Sony Xperia Z tablet and NEX 6 compact system camera, Blackberry Z10 smartphone.