During this extraordinary year, our established relationships with a range of exceptional organisations proved even more valuable. Some projects were continued with COVID-safe measures in place, while others were paused as a result of government-imposed lockdowns and related safety measures.
We continued to work closely with our partners to adapt project delivery arrangements to address these challenges. In some cases, this has meant shifting to a virtual model and providing remote guidance and support. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and SMEC alumni, it was pleasing to see some projects, such as the Alastair McKendrick House in Kenya, receive additional funding and continue to operate sustainably despite the impact of the pandemic.
In this 2020 SMEC Foundation Review, we are delighted to highlight some of the community initiatives that the SMEC Foundation, together with our SMEC employees and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committees, were able to initiate or progress during the year. A heartfelt thank you to all who made these projects possible.
During the 2020 reporting period, AUD $147,637 was donated directly through the SMEC Foundation, with the support of SMEC alumni. In addition, SMEC’s regional CSR Committees donated approximately AUD $176,284 to fund projects in health, education, emergency relief and community development.
As we navigate a changed world, we will continue to work together with our colleagues, charity partners and supporters to address these challenges and do what we can to enhance the health, quality of life and wellbeing of communities worldwide.
Roger Bayliss SMEC Foundation