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Connexus : Issue 40
Mutual MADness for a great cause MAd day is all about having fun to make a difference where it counts – and you’re invited. Come Thursday, October 18, it will be okay to go completely MAD. Not only will it be International Credit Union Day, it will also be MAD (Make a Difference) Day – a time to raise funds to support CUFA in helping our A sia-Pacific neighbours. Rebecca Lo, senior industr y analyst at Abacus, will be going MAD, not least because she has personal exper ience of what that help can mean to people in communities less fortunate than our own. In February this year she took part in CUFA’s Fiji Leadership Challenge. Lo isn’t sure what fundraising activity she will hold on October 18, but she intends getting in the spirit of the day by making it fun and at least a little bit mad. She has it in mind to run a MasterChef style bake- off between Abacus and Cuscal employees. All attendees would pay a gold coin donation to sample the entries and judge their degree of deliciousness for themselves. For another gold coin donation, some of her husband’s home brew may also be part of the deal. The idea is just one of the many activities you and anyone else can devise so MAD Day can truly make a difference. And really, the list of possibilities is as long as your imagination can stretch. Fijian hospitality Lo says her Fijian exper ience was an “eye-opener” she is ver y glad to have had. It gave her the opportunity to see the work CUFA does in suppor ting and helping to grow the credit union and sav ings movement in the Pacific through optimistic about the future, she says. “At the two villages we visited, Vacalea and Nasau, the locals have embraced the idea of a savings club and understand the value it brings to their community. “At Vacalea, they were saving for a community hall and were already talking about a second project to be f unded by their savings club. “At Nasau, there are plans to build a proper office for their credit union, which would also provide accommodation for visitors. “It was great to see how the idea of communal savings is making such a positive impact on so many peoples’ lives.” To find out how you can involve your organisation in MAD Day, visit www. cufa.com.au/madday Or contact CUFA project officer Stephanie Brown, who is coordinating the day, by emailing inv firstname.lastname@example.org the Oceanic Confederation of Credit Union Leagues. “ The Fijian people we met on our village visits were generous and grateful,” she says. “ Their wonderful hospitality was humbling, especially as they live so simply and have few possessions of their own. “ The daily issues we face in Australia pale in comparison to those the Fijian villagers face as they live off the land and make money from selling any sur plus produce at the markets.” Despite their hardships, the villagers can see the benefits saving has for their families and communities, and are She has it in mind to run a MasterChef style bake- off between Abacus and Cuscal employees Abacus senior industry analyst Rebecca lo presents a boy with a piggy bank www.abacus.org.au 47