Volunteer partnership reaps rewards

Barossa Council and Pernod Ricard volunteers involved in the 2016 event.

Barossa Council and Pernod Ricard volunteers involved in the 2016 event.

Employees at Pernod Ricard Winemakers will pick up some new tools of the trade when they head into the Barossa community en-masse to volunteer in June.

The partnership with Barossa and Light councils will see 450 staff from the Rowland Flat and Dulwich office sites spend a day volunteering at community project sites across the region for their annual ‘Responsib’All Day’ on June 1.

Employees will perform a variety of tasks from painting to planting at various locations including Cromer Conservation Park, Horrocks Highway, Mount Crawford Cemetery, Queen Victoria Jubilee Park, Williamstown and Bethany.

James Lake, who coordinates Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ Sustainability and Responsibility within SA, said the company was revisiting the theme “community” after the incredible and visible benefits delivered to the community in 2016.

“It was an experience so extremely rewarding, which enabled us to establish new relationships and at the same time make a genuine contribution to the community,” he said.

“This is a global initiative that involves 18,000 employees around the world, who close down operations for a day to give back to their local communities.

“It’s a great opportunity for our staff to see how easy it is to volunteer in the community, and to feel good about doing it.”

Barossa mayor Bob Sloane said the initiative would tangibly improve a number of community sites needing a facelift or just a few extra pairs of hands.

“Many council and community facilities rely heavily on the work of volunteers, so we are delighted to have some new recruits willing to roll up their sleeves and pick up a paintbrush or shovel in support of our community,” Mr Sloane said.

“We’ve had a long and productive relationship with Pernod Ricard Winemakers through projects such as construction of the Jack Bobridge Track and the Rex, and this is another great example of how these partnerships can make improvements at a grass-roots level for our community.”