Earlier in May, IQ Group kicked off its first fundraising activity for the year, “Pause for a Cause” in support of the IQ Pat Baker Foundation.

What is Pause for a Cause?

It was the IQ graduate team who came up with the idea of “pause for a cause” to challenge staff to give something up that they have on a regular basis and donate the money they would have spent to the IQ Pat Baker Foundation. What started out as a challenge to give up coffee, quickly expanded to other areas and included red wine, fancy dinners and even social media for our graduates.

So how did we go?

The first month saw IQ graduates, Justin, Carmen and Damien give up social media for one day a week. Principal Consultant, Pam White was challenged to give up coffee for one week. Pam, who loves her coffee, failed this challenge however was more than happy to donate to the cause. The Head of Customer Trust & Assurance, Kath Forrest and Resource Manager, Belinda McKinlay also participated, and a generous donation was given by CEO, Brian Peters, who failed his first month’s challenge of giving up red wine.

In a combined effort, our team managed to raise over $500 for the IQ Pat Baker Foundation. A good start and something that we hope will continue to grow.

 The IQ Pat Baker Foundation was setup in memory of long-serving colleague Pat Baker. A kind, enthusiastic and generous friend, he enjoyed helping those people around him and we continue to honour his legacy.

 The IQ Pat Baker Foundation helps two charities, nominated by staff

Hopes and Dreams™- providing clean water in remote areas in Africa and India and assist the poor in providing Micro Enterprise Development opportunities

The Smith Family – supporting school kids to receive a better education and help break the poverty cycle.

By helping to provide this we are empowering these young minds to build a better future for themselves.

The IQ Pat Baker Foundation is a Private Ancillary Fund where donations can only be accepted from staff and alumni.