CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY and advocacy
As an extension of our vision of building caring school communities permeating by Christian faith and actions, the PMSA Group is committed to contributing to societal goals by supporting philanthropic or charitable causes both financially and through volunteering.
We believe that through our words, prayers and actions we show solidarity with and compassion for all people. Our belief in the God of justice brings an obligation to work for systemic social reform and improvement in the social conditions that produce injustice.
Below are some of the PMSA’s growing number of social and charitable causes which the PMSA and our staff support and contribute to.
The Smith Family Toy & Book Appeal
Each Christmas, the PMSA Group Office is a collection centre for The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal which provides toys and books for Christmas to Australian children living in disadvantage. Specifically, the toys and books go to 27,000 Learning for Life students and their families. Our Group Office staff also exchange work clothes for elf clothes before Christmas to help The Smith family pack these toys and books for the children. Some of our staff also delivered the toys over the weekend.
We are very aware that many of our boarding students at Brisbane Boys’ College, Clayfield College and Somerville House are from drought affected rural areas in Australia. Our four schools are raising thousands of dollars through many activities.
Following the 2020 devastating Australian bushfires, new staff, Board members and School Council members attending the PMSA Staff Orientation Day generously donated a total of more than $500 to the PMSA’s bushfire appeal which were split equally to the UCA Assembly’s National Disaster Relief Fund and the Presbyterian Church’s Jericho Road Bushfire Appeal.
White Cloud Foundation
During Queensland Women’s Week in March 2019, the PMSA supported the White Cloud Foundation which raised money and awareness for women with perinatal depression.
PMSA CEO Sharon Callister leapt from the Kangaroo Point cliffs as a ‘Leaping Lady’ and helped raise more than $12,000 which will go directly to help the volunteers from the White Cloud Mums Program provide personal support and practical meals to women at risk. These funds will provide 12 women with 20 meals delivered to their home, phone support, opportunities for social connection and links to additional community services.
A mum and a passionate supporter of women’s programs, Sharon was exhilarated by the experience and humbled by the work of the White Cloud Foundation. For more information about the White Cloud Foundation, see http://whitecloudfoundation.org.