After a long weekend at a Regional Insurance Brokers Conference in Sanctuary Cove, Neil Wallace flew back to Mackay with 200 cakes of soap in his suitcase. It might sound crazy, but it was all for a good cause!
Neil accumulated the haul by asking other attendees of the conference to collect the items from their motel rooms over the weekend, so that he could supply them to the “Days For Girls” charity - an organisation that supplies sanitary and hygienic items to young girls in developing countries.
The “Days For Girls” team in Mackay work to create kits with two pairs of underwear, two shields, eight liners, soap, washcloth, instructions and a transport bag; the kits are then distributed to the women in need.
Mr Wallace, also a rotarian, says he is passionate about the cause and that the Regional Insurance Brokers conference was the perfect opportunity to bring his like minded colleagues together for a good cause.
“It’s to improve the lives of girls and women in developing countries,” he said. “Some stay at home from work or school during their period, and they lose days.”
But Neil didn’t stop there - the conference also raised $1500 for the cause, through appointing himself as the “fine” sargeant, who was able to “fine” anyone who did anything wrong. Working with the playful culture of the Regional Insurance Brokers’ employees, he encouraged his colleagues to dob each other in so that they could capitalise on donations. Regional Insurance Brokers was also happy to double the donated amount at the end of the weekend.
Shampoo and Conditioner bottles, which were also collected but couldn’t be used for the organisation, were donated to The Mackay Women’s shelter.
Neil will continue to collect soap and donations for Days For Girls, and says anyone wanting to contribute could drop items into the Regional Insurance Brokers Mackay office in Gordon St. The Days For Girls Mackay team will also be holding a cent sale on March the 8th, at North Mackay Bowls Club from noon.
What a great cause - thanks for all your hard work, Neil!