Tomassi & Co.
The Tomassi Care program was realized through Alby Tomassi’s lifelong interest in philanthropic work, firstly through many larger scale projects overseas and now by way of more local charities and organisations. During these past few years, it has become evident that as a business, as a community we should be doing more to help those around us and for those charities or organisations we feel a strong connection with. The Tomassi team take turns introducing a charity or organisation to our team and then spending a day in the field rolling up our sleeves and donating our time and effort.
We look forward to these days every couple of months, learning, building relationships and stepping out of our comfort zone. We thank the charities and organizations below for all they do and hope we can continue our support for many years to come!
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood
Tomassi & Co team attended the Red Cross Blood Donation Centre on the 7th of September as its 4th volunteer day for 2022.
Australia needs over 1.7 million donations every year to meet demand: that’s three every minute. 470ml of blood is given when donating blood, within 24-48 hours of donating, your body will have fully restored your blood volume. You can donate blood every 12 weeks and plasma every two weeks. One blood donation can save up to three lives.
We are so proud for donating blood and plasma as a team to help! Thank you to our Head of Projects, Greg Curtis, for encouraging us all to make a difference.
West Welcome Wagon
West Welcome Wagon is a volunteer run not-for-profit dedicated to providing material aid and support to asylum seekers in Melbourne’s west. They assist over 500 households of asylum seekers from over 30 different countries, providing them with good quality donated items such as furniture, bedding, clothing, children’s toys, appliances and kitchenware.
Tomassi & Co team on 6th May 2022 visited the West Welcome Wagon as Kelly Brawn, Tomassi & Co’s Operations Manager invited us to this cause close to her heart and she had the following to say:
“I have donated and collected goods on behalf of the WWW over many years and love the work they do locally for asylum seekers and their families in the inner west, who have no rights to work and live on less than centrelink’s minimum income support. Often once they are deemed legitimate asylum seekers on arrival they are released into the community without anything, carrying everything they have. This is where organisations like WWW come in to fill the gap and help set them up with food, basic furniture and clothing. It is an organisation that makes an immediate and local difference”
Love Me Love You - March With Me Walk
Love Me Love You is a not-for-profit organisation providing interactive and engaging programs that challenge the views and stigmas surrounding mental health. They empower the community to create positive change for their Mental Health. A former first round draft pick and AFL footballer, Lance Picioane established Love Me Love You in 2013 to empower our community to take control of their mental wellbeing and to live happier, more fulfilling lives. As a teenager and throughout his AFL career, Lance was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Like many young adults, Lance chose not to ask for help, but instead turned to partying and substance abuse.
By being truthful with himself, his family and his friends, Lance turned a corner and sought help. Although he still has his down days, Lance now lives a life full of love and happiness. Love Me Love You programs are based on Lance’s experiences and are aimed at educating and empowering our community about the importance of mental health their wellbeing journey.
Tomassi & Co team on 27th March 2022 spent getting up daily steps & raising awareness for mental health. 1 in 4 Australians are struggling with a mental illness, and the guys at ‘Love Me Love You’ are doing incredible things to change that.
Well done Lance Picioane & Matt Pillios for your contributions towards this cause and to the wider LMLY Team. Keep up the amazing work!
FareShare cooks nutritious meals from surplus food rescued from businesses such as supermarkets, farms and manufacturers and vegetables and herbs grown in their three kitchen gardens. Fare Share meals are then distributed to hundreds of frontline charities across Melbourne and country Victoria, that support the elderly and isolated, single parents, women and children fleeing domestic violence, casual workers, international students and those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
FareShare needs a constant supply of high-quality ingredients. Sourcing enough fresh vegetables and herbs to meet the growing demand for meals from charities is one of their biggest challenges.
FareShare Kitchen Gardens is tackling this problem head on by growing their own vegetables and herbs to supplement rescued produce. Using small plots of previously disused land, FareShare Kitchen Gardens are transforming vacant sites into vibrant community assets run by volunteers under the supervision of a qualified horticulturalist.
Tomassi & Co team visited Fare Share on 4th March 2022 and packed, boxed and or sealed 3000+ meals for those in need. So proud of our crew, thank you to Polly and Rosie for taking us through all the wonderful work you do.