Darwin, 13 May 2015: Australian Red Cross has awarded Clayton Utz a Humanitarian Partner Award citation for outstanding service to Australian Red Cross Northern Territory (Red Cross NT). The two organisations have enjoyed a strong community partnership over more than a decade, with Clayton Utz providing pro bono legal assistance, volunteer and financial support to various Red Cross NT programs for young people.
In his citation awarding the honour to Clayton Utz, Australian Red Cross President Michael Legge wrote that the Humanitarian Partner Award was in recognition of the "great value it places on our unique relationship with Clayton Utz".
"Over the long period of this Clayton Utz / Australian Red Cross NT relationship many staff from both parties have come and gone, but the essential element of cultural awareness, respect and local understanding remains a strong commitment and is ongoing," Mr Legge wrote.
Since 2001, Clayton Utz has provided financial and volunteering support to Red Cross NT to help it deliver a range of community focused programs in Darwin and remote NT communities.
Over 100 Clayton Utz partners and employees have volunteered with the Red Cross NT's Remote Community Holiday programs to date, which the Clayton Utz Foundation has supported with over $290,000 in grants. The programs have run at Milikapiti, Pirilangimpi and Wurrumiyanga on the Tiwi Islands and Angurugu on Groote Eylandt.
Alongside Indigenous staff from Australian Red Cross, the Clayton Utz volunteers engage young Aboriginal people in these remote locations in meaningful activities during school holidays, giving them an opportunity to develop skills, increase their self-confidence and boost pride in themselves and their communities. A further ten Clayton Utz volunteers will be part of the program in June-July this year.
Clayton Utz employees have also volunteered with or participated as mentors in other Red Cross NT programs over the years - among them, the Good Start Breakfast Clubs run in Darwin primary schools and the Larrikin Radio program on community station Radio Larrakia, in conjunction with Red Cross NT's Safe Haven for All Kids (SHAK) in Darwin.
Clayton Utz Darwin office partner in charge Mark Spain said the firm was proud of its longstanding partnership with Red Cross NT. "The relationship we have with Red Cross NT is very special to us. Our people get enormous enjoyment out of volunteering for Red Cross NT's programs for young people, particularly the Remote Community Holiday programs. These programs expose our people to what life is like for Indigenous youth in remote communities and the difference that the Red Cross programs can make in partnership with the communities.
"We are humbled by Australian Red Cross recognising us as a Humanitarian Partner. We look forward to continuing to build on our strong relationship with Red Cross NT."