New office creates new charity opportunities

After two decades on the banks of the Yarra River, the ExxonMobil Melbourne team farewelled its Southbank home in May, moving its office to a state-of-the-art 664 Collins St location.

Relocating IT infrastructure, historical records and approximately 600 people represented a major logistical exercise for the move coordinators who were simultaneously faced with dealing with equipment and supplies that would not be making the move.

ExxonMobil Australia adopted an altruistic view to the relocation process and actively sought opportunities to give ‘retired’ items from Southbank new homes in the community. The move team reached out to St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (Vinnies) with an offer of the Southbank kitchen supplies. This included electrical items such as urns, microwaves and steamers, as well as boxes of various plates, bowls and cutlery.

The donation, which encompassed more than one tonne of kitchen supplies, was earmarked for the Vinnies Soup Vans team who do outstanding work providing meals and drinks to those less fortunate around Victoria.

The Southbank office’s old gym equipment also found new homes at Altona P-9 College and Geelong’s St Mary’s Football Club.

Altona P-9 College will utilise the donated gym equipment for their sport science and strength training programs which are designed to promote physical activity and healthy living habits amongst students. St Mary’s Football Club will use the gear to assist in the strength and conditioning of its men, women and junior players.  

ExxonMobil Australia Chairman Richard Owen said it was extremely gratifying that the organisation was able to find a charitable aspect to moving offices.

“Engaging with the communities around us and helping their causes wherever possible is a core part of our organisational philosophy because we truly believe it’s the right thing to do.

“We wish Vinnies, Altona P-9 College and the St Mary’s Football Club all the best and we look forward to continuing our associations with them long into the future,” he said.

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