At Smith Coffey we believe in engaging with and giving back to the community. We'd like to invite you to explore our latest community engagement activities.

Yoga

Supporting Mental & Physical Wellbeing

Smith Coffey supports the mental and physical wellbeing of our staff. During April we provided free yoga sessions to assist with balance and flexibility, as well as reduce stress and increase energy and focus.

Here’s some of our team in action.

Volunteering at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Kris Smith, from our Accounting & Tax division,  has volunteered every weekend for the last 8 years at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Kanyana is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to wildlife conservation through caring for sick or injured wildlife, breeding threatended species, training, research and education.

Kris is currently an advanced tube feeder for wildlife that are injured or stressed, and not able to eat, like this baby tawny frog mouth who is one of her current patients.

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Canteen group

Life Cycle for CanTeen

On 9th March 2019 our Project Manager Emma Whelan joined 140 riders to cycle from Perth to Busselton to raise money for CanTeen.

‘After not being on a bike for about 3 years, getting back on to ride 300km over 3 days was not something I was initially very keen to try. But hearing about how Life Cycle has supported CanTeen over the last 20 years to help young people living with cancer, I put aside those reservations and got on board. The first day was tough as we rode 120km though pouring rain, we had 11 punctures and I think many of us started to question our sanity! However we were inspired after being joined by some of the young people from CanTeen, especially as many of them shared their stories along the way. Hearing about how they had been impacted by cancer (many of them losing a parent at a young age) and how CanTeen has helped and supported them, it put everything into perspective and made us appreciate just how much we were contributing to these young lives, and ensuring no young person faces cancer alone.

The weekend was so well organised thanks to many generous volunteers and together we were able to raise over $145,000 in total. This money enables CanTeen to provide camps and recreation programs, counselling services, youth cancer services and online support services for young people living with cancer.’

 

Coaching Junior Football

One of our Consultants, Mark Kynaston is a coach for the Year 5 South Perth Stingrays football team.  Mark enjoys teaching the kids the basic skills and creating a fun environment so that they enjoy it and come back.    

 

 

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Patrol rescue

Volunteering for patrols at Cottesloe Beach

Stephen Jones, one of our consultants, is driving the IRB here as water safety for the last Cottesloe Surf Lifesaving Club Swim of the 2018/19 season.

Stephen started volunteering on patrols when his kids started nippers more than 10 years ago, although the kids have moved on to other sports Stephen has continued to do the patrol roster for over the years at Cottesloe beach. 

He tells us it's great to see the millennials on the Patrol come down with so much enthusiasm, it really does give the older Patrol members motivation to come down and make the sessions enjoyable.

There are lots of lost kids during Sculptures by The Sea, blue bottle stings, kids blown out to sea on inflatable toys and tourists that can't swim that keep them busy enough for a volunteering role.

Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation – QV1 Descent

On 21st April 2018 our own Natalie Conroy abseiled down the QV1 building (40 storeys and a 160m descent!) to raise money for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Thanks to Nat’s courage she was able to raise $3,509 for the Foundation, which made her the top individual fundraiser. A total of $73,800 was raised by Nat and her fellow abseilers, which will go towards making a lasting difference to sick and injured children in WA.

Here's what Nat had to say about the experience -

"I had an unforgettable experience, pushing my mind and body way beyond their comfort zones while raising money for a worthy charity. Perth Children's Hospital is doing all it can to assist the kids in its care to be as health and happy as possible, and my involvement makes me happy too."

Community support
Recipient

The Vijayasekaran Family Smith Coffey Rural Pathways Scholarship

Smith Coffey is proud to join with the Vijayasekaran Family to form the University of Western Australia Rural Pathway Scholarship in Medicine. The purpose of the scholarship is to ensure that a student disadvantaged by geography or circumstance, can receive the university education that will enable them to achieve their potential.

Caitlyn Taylor from Bunbury is the worthy recipient of the 2015 Scholarship.

2018 Update from Caitlyn Taylor

I cannot believe how quickly we are coming to the end of April, especially considering I am now over three months into my first year of medical school. The final year of my physiology degree was a change of pace from my earlier years, as I moved out of college and became more involved in university campus culture, through being elected as president of a university club.

Coming into 2018 it was time to start medical school on the 22nd of January. After an intensive six week “Foundations” pre-semester, I welcomed a good result in my first exam, before stepping into the first block of organs and systems units. I am currently in my first semester, where we receive seventeen lectures and attend multiple labs each week, on topics including the anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathology of multiple organ systems. This step up from undergraduate education has certainly challenged everyone involved. However, the medical student community at UWA is refreshingly supportive and welcoming. I have honestly thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace, as the additional pressures have only strengthened my drive to succeed in my studies. I have now successfully completed a second exam and I am preparing for a further three before the semester comes to a close. I hope to complete the year with a solid foundation for the commencement of hospital placement in 2019.

I would like to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to live out my dreams. As boring as it seems, it truly gives me so much joy to spend all day, every day in the library. I have been so blessed to have the financial and mentorship support to carry out my studies and involve myself in all aspects of the university experience. Through this assistance I am starting to fulfil the potential that I have to work as a capable, diligent, passionate medical professional.

— Caitlyn Taylor

2015 Thank You letter from Caitlyn Taylor

Below is an excerpt from her thank you letter:

“My name is Caitlyn Taylor and I would like to thank you for this most extraordinary, beautiful gift. This scholarship has not only had an incredibly positive impact on my future, but it has also had a life changing effect on my whole family.

This scholarship means so much to me, as it will go very far in reducing the financial burden that a seven year, full time university career and living away from my rural home, will have on my family and myself. My family has been through a series of trials and tribulations, primarily centred upon my father’s chronic illness. As a result of cirrhosis, my father became very ill with liver disease in 2005, undergoing a liver transplant in 2008 and being diagnosed with cancer in 2011. The psychological stress of ongoing illness and its costly and time consuming management and treatment, have significantly influenced my family. My father has been unable to work full time since 2005 and fully unemployed since 2011. My mother works part time, as she is not only the sole breadwinner for my family, including my younger sister, but also the primary caregiver for my father. Despite these circumstances, my mother and father have been incredibly positive role models for me and my younger sister, it is through their influence that I have learned the value of hard work and persistence and I have therefore always been driven to be as independent as possible. In 2014, I took a gap year to try and save enough money to relieve some of the financial strain that moving away from home to study would place on my family. However, with the long term frame of study I was about to undertake, I knew it would be very difficult to “stay afloat” without part time work, support from my parents and government assistance. This scholarship will allow me to focus my energies on my studies. I am a passionate and conscientious student and I believe that I have the potential to become a very good medical professional.

Once again, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to live my dream. The giving of this scholarship is truly an act of love that will never go uncherished. You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers, your names will be in my heart whenever the study gets tough or I am feeling overwhelmed. My whole family will always be so grateful and I hope that I can thank you in person in the future.”

We wish Caitlyn every success in her future studies and believe that with her determination and persistence, she will achieve her dream.

Smith Coffey would like to thank the Vijayasekaran Family for inviting us to partner them in this very worthwhile scholarship.

Cancer Council Fundraising - Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Smith Coffey management and staff were delighted to participate in the Cancer Council’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 25 June 2015. Terry Slavin, the WA Corporate Relations Research and Education Director for the Cancer Council was the guest speaker. Thanks to the generosity of the many local businesses who donated some fabulous prizes to the raffle and to the staff, we were able to raise over $2,500.

Our gratitude to the hard working “Tea Ladies” for organising the event and the wonderful effort of all the Smith Coffey team.

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