We Can Program

We Can use the unique capabilities, SAGE values and passion of our people to support charitable and STEM initiatives that create a safer, better, smarter, more sustainable and liveable place for those in need and the community as a whole.

 

Managed by a committee of staff representatives from each of our office locations, the We Can program aligns our corporate giving with:
  • The charitable endeavours of our people.
  • Initiatives that draw upon the unique capabilities of our team.
  • Programs that enrich and make a real impact on our community.
  • Opportunities to deliver on our company purpose to create a Smarter Future, Better World.

Support can be provided by way of paid leave to undertake charitable work, cash donations, sponsorships and in-kind support.

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Total Donations

 

$67,887

Established mid-2019, some We Can projects include:

Unite the Fight for Multiple Myeloma

 

110 SAGE staff and family walked and run the City to Bay Fun Run, donating proceedings to the Unite the Fight, Beat Multiple Myeloma fund – founded by SAGE founder and Managing Director, Andrew Downs for his friend of 40+ years, Brian Skinner.

 

Donation | September 2019 | National

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Metal Minds Robotics Program

 

SAGE’s We Can program sponsored Tasmanian Regional Manager, Jon Heathcote and his Metal Minds Robotics Team who participated in the FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) Lego League. The competition aims to guide youth through STEM learning at an early age.

 

Sponsorship | December 2019 | TAS

 


Vinnies Bushfire Appeal

 

The St Vincent de Paul Society’s ‘Vinnies Bushfire Appeal’ assists in bushfire recovery - from emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, and household items for bushfire victims, to crisis accommodation and other financial and emotional support. SAGE and our staff members donated over $10,000 in early 2020.


Donation | January 2020 | National

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Fred's Van, Dig In, Manna

 

Fred’s Van (SA), Dig In (QLD) and Manna (WA) are charities and food services for people experiencing homelessness, disadvantage or social isolation in various Australian states. A number of SAGE employees from around our offices volunteered their time to help prepare, pack, and serve meals to those in need, with the We Can Council also contributing a donation to each group.

Donation | September 2020 | SA, QLD, WA


National Breast Cancer 55 Squat Challenge

 

55 Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every single day. More than 50 SAGE employees from around Australia, who quickly became known as the “Squat Squad”, took on the challenge of completing 55 squats per day for 31 days to raise awareness and more than $7,000 in funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.


Donation | February 2021 | National

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Foodbank Hamper Packing

 

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, assisting frontline charities in feeding more than 75 million Australians every year. The We Can Council donated, while SAGE employees across Australia helped to sort groceries and pack food hampers, which were then distributed by the Foodbank team.


Donation | May 2021 | SA, VIC, WA


Cure Brain Cancer Foundation 4.4.48 Challenge

 

SAGE’s We Can Council and staff members supported Melbourne Systems Engineer, Ian Lawford (pictured) in his support of the 4.4.48 challenge for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. The challenge involves participants running 4 miles (6.4km) every 4 hours for 48 hours. Ian raised more than $2,000 for the cause and completed the gruelling challenge.

Donation | June 2021 | VIC

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