In 2018 Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins posed a challenge to bring a shared commitment to corporate social responsibility among all Cisco employees. Chuck’s Challenge offered Cisco employees a chance to vote for a cause they’re most passionate about. Starting with 16 incredible organisations, the Challenge consisted of four rounds of voting with the winning non-profit receiving $25,000.
Of the organizations up for the prize, Melbourne’s own MAD Foundation was close to home for Cisco Australia and New Zealand. The ANZ team and peers across the world rallied behind them.
Last year, Chuck and ANZ VP Ken Boal met with MAD Foundation ambassadors, Chris and Sean Lynch, marking the continued support from Cisco.
It’s easy see why. The MAD Foundation works to help the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children and young people by funding life-changing support equipment and services.
MAD was established 19 years ago by four lifelong friends after they became parents for the first time and is run entirely by an extensive volunteer network.
With a unique non-profit model, all money raised goes directly to fund equipment for disabled children. That means every single cent of raised funds goes directly to beneficiaries to change the lives of children in need.
“The $25,000 will enable MAD to directly fund life-changing equipment and services that disabled and disadvantaged beneficiaries would otherwise be unable to afford such as mobility wheelchairs, standing frames, and ceiling hoists,” said MAD Foundation President Damian Toohey.
“For over 10 years, the partnership with Cisco has been a key foundation pillar and driving support behind MAD’s sustainability through the provision of board members, staff to help organise and attend fundraisers, donations, and engagement.”
In response to the results of Chuck’s Challenge, Damian Toohey said, “We are always looking for people to inspire, connect, and make a difference! Donations are a great way to support, but also more volunteers are welcomed.”