|Walker Wayland pilots 'Everybody Counts' program|
Walker Wayland NSW is the first chartered accounting firm to pilot the Everybody Counts program developed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).
The Everybody Counts program, launched by ICAA in July 2006, is a community engagement program which aims to get its 280 staff members involved in the local community by supporting charities through volunteering, workplace giving and offering skills pro bono at a national and local level.
The program involves a number of charity partners, including Alzheimer's Australia, RSPCA and Inspire. Two additional charity partners joined the program in 2008, Sane Australia and The Smith Family, and Redkite and the The National Breast Cancer Foundation joined the program in 2010.
Since launching Everybody Counts, ICAA has raised $50,000 for its charity partners.
Walker Wayland Sydney was invited to pilot the program by the ICAA in a move to take the concept into the wider business community.
Ms Pamela Lee, relationship manager for Everybody Counts at ICAA, arranged an introductory session for Walker Wayland NSW's partners, managers and staff with guest speakers from a number of the charity partners to talk about their charities and volunteering opportunities.
"It was important to us to widen the support for this program as part of our own commitment to leading the profession," Ms Lee said.
"It was always our long term objective to see whether the program would be successful in small to medium sized accountancy practices and as we have known Walker Wayland NSW for many years through its own work for non-profit organisations it made sense for them to lead the pilot program," Ms Lee said.
"Since the initial introductory session, Walker Wayland NSW has now met with one of the charities which support the program, Sane Australia, to discuss opportunities to offer skills support to the charity.
"We are also investigating other opportunities with our charity partners such as a volunteer group from Walker Wayland NSW helping with the Christmas Hamper Charity Drive run by The Smith Family," she said.