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YEAR IN REVIEW

genU Inclusion Year in Review 2017

Cats are on the ball as our clients say g'day.

Geelong Cats players Darcy Lang and Ryan Gardner headed out to genu Business Enterprises at Douro St in July to sign posters and have a chat with genU participants. The visit was sponsored by First State Super. Our crowd of clients were mostly Cats fans, which made for a rewarding experience for the footballers!

One large donation meant a fun renovation.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) donated $1,422 to genU Business Enterprises in July as part of their charity initiatives. A representative from the TAC was in attendance alongside genU CEO Mike McKinstry and genU Business Enterprises General Manager Georgie Knight. The money was used to renovate and revive the outdoor common area at Douro St.

Warming up in winter.

One of the most anticipated events for our clients and corporate partners is our Winter Workplace Big Day Out, presented in 2017 by Adroit. Held in June at the Geelong Basketball & Netball Centre, the day consisted of volunteers from local businesses together with students from Grovedale College joining in activities with genU clients.

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A 'hole' lot of fun.

The 2017 Hundred Hole Hike presented by TAC saw 29 golfers tee off at 5:30am to complete 100 holes of golf each. Each round was 60km, so putting that in 'Fitbit speak' (78,740 steps x 29), that's 2.3 million steps in total! We raised $52,550 in 2017, bringing our cumulative total to over $250,000 in the five years we've been running the event.

An exhibition of art that's full of heart.

genU's KarnivART was again run in three locations this year with exhibitions in Geelong, Wyndham and Mornington. The exhibitions received a total of 186 entries from a diverse group of participants who have a passion for the arts. KarnivART provides the platform for talented artists to exhibit their work.

A 'dream' reason to return to the greens.

As part of genU's commitment to raise money towards the Tara's Dream Foundation, we partnered with the Rotary Club of Geelong and Harvey's of Highton to conduct a golf day on the plush fairways of 13th Beach Golf Links. Fifty-six golfers took to the world famous course despite the less than ideal weather. A total of $12,500 was raised.

A gourmet food trail that's grand in scale.

Ninety people enjoyed three courses at three different venues around the Bellarine Peninsula, raising more than $13,000 for the Tara's Dream Foundation. Hosted by Kylie Oliver of GT magazine and sponsored by VicSuper, our trail took us to Oakdene for entrée, Merne at Lighthouse for lunch, finishing off at Little Red Fox Eatery for dessert.

Local leaders learn what we're all about.

Over 60 business partners and community members embraced the opportunity to learn more about genU by taking part in "What We Do" day. As a result, many have established ongoing relationships with various divisions of genU including Business Enterprises to meet their packaging needs and Seasons to assist with their catering.

Morning meet-ups.

During 2017, over 250 people with a shared interest in the local community have joined us for breakfast or lunch, where guest speakers have provided us with an insight into some of the programs being run in our region. We thank Stan and the team at BTS for their amazing support and Rydges Geelong for providing us with a perfect venue on each occasion.

Helping prepare for a return to the workforce.

The 'Journey to Work' program, sponsored by MatchWorks, is specifically designed to assist women with significant barriers to employment in preparing to enter the workforce. The ongoing program, which features between 15 and 30 participants each intake, is delivered in partnership with The Centre of Excellence and Rydges Geelong.

Our Wyndham warriors come to the party.

Wyndham is a major growth area for genU, and the Inclusion team have been facilitating a number of events in the location over the past couple of years as demand for services grows. The highlight of the year was our Wyndham Workplace Big Day Out, held mid-year at the state-of-the-art Eagle Stadium in Werribee. 

Making Tara's dream a reality.

Tara McGowan, 23, had been studying to become a special needs teacher when she passed away in 2015 from an asthma attack. Through a major fundraising dinner held in February and other events during the year, genU and Tara's Dream Foundation have raised almost $300,000 towards the construction of purpose-built supported accommodation in Ocean Grove.

Partners keep our town in great shape.

As part of genU Inclusion business membership, our partners were invited to participate in community volunteering opportunities. These included: painting cubby houses at Northern Bay College; cleaning at Cottage by the Sea; mulching at Narana; gardening at Newcomb Park PS; tree planting with Barwon Water; and revitalising the grounds at Jirrahlinga.

Pampering our carers.

Our genU Carers High Tea saw nearly 100 deserving carers from the Geelong region take a well-earned break from their responsibilities to celebrate National Carers Week at a special event just for them.  Sponsored by Geelong Connected Communities with support from Bay 93.9, Rydges Geelong & GMHBA, the Carers High Tea is held annually.

Corporate volunteering

Ford's outstanding global commitment to supporting their local communities was reflected in their partnership with genU Inclusion this year. Representatives from across the business volunteered to give back to the community and spent time at Jirrahlinga Koala & Wildlife Sanctuary and Northern Bay College.

Corporate volunteering

WorkSafe are committed to supporting their staff to engage with the Geelong community. This has been enhanced through the partnership that they have developed with genU Inclusion. On this particular afternoon, representatives from the organisation got their hands dirty and planted trees out near the historic Barwon Sewer Aqueduct.

Corporate volunteering

GMHBA live and breathe their mantra of 'people before profit', so it made perfect sense for them to partner with genU Inclusion to roll out their community volunteering program. We've enjoyed a long and robust partnership with GMHBA and look forward to working with them again in 2018.

Seekers cast a shadow learning from the best.

Forty genU job seekers with a disability got the chance to experience work life as part of our new Job Shadowing Program. Businesses from around Geelong took in at least one participant to have them 'shadow' a worker and guide them in their first steps towards permanent employment. Such was the success of this program, it will be run more frequently in 2018.

Our night of nights.

The genU Big Night Out was established in 2003 and is the region's only fully inclusive gala event. Held annually, it attracts a diverse audience which includes genU corporate partners, staff, community groups, people with a disability, their families and friends. This year's theme was 'Around the World'. Everyone got on board with some fantastic costumes on display.

The Deakin team revitalise our village.

This December, 96 Deakin University volunteers from their Facilities and Maintenance teams came together to provide a much needed facelift to the grounds of our St Laurence Park retirement village in Lara. The overall impact was extraordinary as the precinct was revitalised and redeveloped to an incredibly high standard.

Summer time fun.

The genU Summer Workplace Big Day Out caps off the end of our year with the coming together of corporate volunteers, genU staff and genU clients. For a number of years now, we've headed out to Adventure Park in Wallington to make use of their facilities. Unlike other years, in 2017 we were blessed with great weather – and everyone loved the day.

In October 2017, Karingal St Laurence rebranded to become genU.

Through that, the Karingal St Laurence BacLinks Foundation has now become known as genU Inclusion. We've been up to a lot during the last twelve months. Here's our story.

volunteers

386

2,369

83,000

hours contributed

dollar value of work

Note: this is actual time spent away from business and is in addition to the in-kind support provided by many organisations.

Howdy, partners.

We thank the following businesses for their continued support and membership in genU Inclusion for 2017.

  • Adcell Group
  • Adroit Insurance Group
  • Adventure Park
  • Advisory Partners
  • Alcoa
  • Alliance Scaffolding
  • Barefoot Media
  • Barwon Water
  • Bay 93.9 / K rock
  • Bendigo Bank
  • BPW: Business & Professional Women Geelong
  • BTS: Business Technology Specialists
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • Communication Tree
  • Coulter Roache
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Davidsons
  • Evologic
  • First State Super
  • Ford
  • Geelong & Surfcoast Real Estate
  • Geelong Cats


  • Geelong Chamber of Commerce
  • Geelong Manufacturing Council
  • Geelong Performing Arts Centre
  • genU Training
  • Gforce
  • GMHBA
  • Hanlon Industries
  • Harcourts North Geelong
  • Harwood Andrews Lawyers
  • Hewstone IT
  • Hodges Real Estate
  • ID Accounting & Wealth Solutions
  • Incitec Pivot
  • Kingman Consulting
  • Kings Funerals
  • L.Bisinella Developments
  • LBW Accountants
  • Lions Breakfast Club
  • MatchWorks
  • McGrath Geelong
  • Morris Finance
  • Music Workshop
  • Patrick Rowan & Associates
  • Planwell
  • Powercor
  • Prestige Jayco
  • Provincial Media
  • Rotary Club of Highton
  • Rydges Geelong
  • Ryrie Centre Property
  • Select Group
  • SNF
  • SureCare
  • TAC
  • Target
  • The Centre of Excellence
  • The Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex
  • Timetabling Solutions
  • Todd Murphy Graphic Design
  • Tuckers Funeral and Bereavement Service
  • VicSuper
  • VicWest Community Telco
  • Westpac Bank
  • Whyte, Just & Moore
  • Wightons Lawyers
  • WorkSafe Victoria

See you in 2018!