Thursday Feb 06, 2014

GVD Oracle Italy: Food for the Poor

In the frame of the Global Volunteer Days, Oracle Italy employees participated in supporting the “Banco Alimentare” food bank. Volunteers spent their time aiding the collection and distribution of food for poor people.

Banco Alimentare is member of the Italian Banco Alimentare Network, an organization with over 1,000 volunteers which collects still perfectly edible food which, having lost commercial value, would otherwise be destroyed. These foodstuffs originate from the food industry, organized large-scale retail trade, and collective catering services – by recovering them they become a richness for those who have too little.

Oracle Italy colleagues answered the call with great enthusiasm, the number of volunteers exceeding the maximum number of available places. They helped in checking sell-by dates and preparing boxes to be distributed to the local ONG...

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Tuesday Jan 14, 2014

GVD United Kingdom: Clearing Gorse for the National Trust

As part of Oracle’s Global Volunteer Days initiative, a group of almost 50 Oracle UK employees with family and friends travelled down to Corfe Castle in Dorset to help the National Trust clear an area of gorse. The project was organised by Carole Speed, Linux, Virtualization and MySQL GBU.

The host Ranger from the National Trust explained that Heathland is a manmade landscape, created by the earliest stone age farmers and maintained by grazing and wood cutting throughout the years. The aim of this project was to continue this traditional form of management by clearing an area of scrub and gorse to allow regeneration of the purple heather for which the heaths are renowned.

After the safety briefing and a round of bacon sandwiches the Oracle team set to work – sawing, lopping and dragging the gorse to create a huge bonfire. It’s amazing what a large group of enthusiastic volunteers can achieve...[Read More]

Monday Oct 10, 2011

Oracle Global Volunteer Day @ the Children First foundation in Kilmore by Amin Abbas

In what has become an annual event, more than twenty volunteers from the Oracle team volunteered in a working bee at Moira Kelly's Children First Foundation farm in Kilmore. For the 3rd year running, the red team contributed to a great foundation that helps the disadvantaged children from all around the world. Children First is an Australian foundation that facilities advanced medical treatment to children in Australia where such operations are inaccessible in their home countries. Such operations are often life changing to these young kids.

The Oracle team work involved gardening and maintenance activities at the farm. The energetic red team replanted the veggie patches it has built couple of years ago, an activity that has been reserved for Oracle every spring.

The team also painted 2 bedrooms, cleaned all windows and cleaned and sanitised the children’s play area. The work also involved weeding, clothes sorting and tidying up of some of the children’s rooms.

As per every year, we also presented the resident children with some gifts and books, Thanks to Kate Ogilvie who arranges for the gifts every year.

The foundation's resident volunteers enjoyed lunch with the Oracle volunteers, and thanked the team for their contribution and ongoing support.

Many Thanks to all our volunteers for the hard work and the great team work spirit the demonstrated. Almost everyone last line to the farm kids and volunteers was, “see you next year!”.

Regards,

Amin

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