Meeting Newz November / December 2021

AN EVENT WITH A DELICIOUS LEGACY AROUND AUS TRAL I A AUSTRAL I A UPDATE ] difference to the lives of Australians doing it tough. Delegates’ problem-solving skills are put to the test as they work together to complete a series of puzzles. Each challenge leads to a collection of everyday items that delegates are told they must accumulate to prevail over their colleagues. The items are then revealed as essentials that many Australians experiencing homelessness go without each day. Participants are then enlightened with an interactive presentation from the co-founders of social enterprise The Good Box, along with guest speakers whose stories attest to the life changing work this charity does. Pair wildlife with wine in Margaret River, Western Australia Business event groups can pair a feel-good nature experience with a wine tasting. Small, family-owned winery Passel Estate ticks both the wine and wildlife boxes; as well as producing award-winning wine, the owners have created a sanctuary to a family – also known as a ‘passel’ – of endangered western ringtail possums that were relocated to the estate following bushfires in the area in 2011. Groups of up to 50 guests can take a tour of this picturesque property and learn about the team’s conservation work in providing and maintaining a sanctuary for the possums and other threatened native fauna like quendas and red-tailed black cockatoos. They can then celebrate their new-found knowledge with a tasting of the Estate’s top drops including chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, for which the region is revered, followed by a soirée on the lawn overlooking the vines. Turn marine debris into art in Darwin, Northern Territory Based in the Northern Territory’s tropical city of Darwin, MK Eco by Starwin is a team of women who proudly design ‘one-of a-kindness’ solutions to incorporate CSR into business events. For groups seeking an environmental angle, Australian fibre artist Aly de Groot runs workshops where guests craft jellyfish sculptures frommarine debris collected from beaches in the Northern Territory. Hosted workshops for groups of up to 24 at a time either in their own retail space, or for larger groups, they can use onsite event spaces or the neighbouring Darwin Entertainment Centre. The Hemingway’s Brewery in Cairns and Port Douglas, features 7th Heaven, a pale ale that contributes 50% of sales profit to Great Barrier Reef Legacy, a not-for-profit organisation, and a leader in marine expeditions, delivering innovative science and education to accelerate actions vital to the survival of the world’s largest coral reef system. By adding the 7th Heaven pale ale to a beverage menu, the bar tab at a gala dinner can directly support conservation efforts on the Great Barrier Reef. Staff at both Hemingway’s Breweries regularly volunteer their time with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation. Giving up a sleep-in on the weekend, staff jump in and clean up the many beaches in the region, ensuring they remain pristine and protected. The Australian Marine Debris Initiative was set up to coordinate an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, and organisations that contribute to a database. The database is then used to create solutions to stop the flow of litter at the source. So far, Tangaroa Blue has cleaned up over 4000 sites, with almost 200,000 volunteers. Hemingway’s Brewery is just one contributor of resources to Tangaroa Blue; event managers can add their delegates into the mix. They can spend the afternoon with feet in the sand, soaking up the glorious Tropical North Queensland sun, adding to the 18 million items of waste collected from Australia's shores. At the end, delegates are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and a cold can of 7th Heaven. Give back by gardening in Melbourne, Victoria In inner-city Melbourne, CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) runs an environmental education centre, urban farm, and social enterprise hub with a vision for people to ‘fall in love with the Earth again.’ Groups of up to 40 guests at a time can take a guided farm tour and flex their green thumbs with some light gardening or harvesting of produce to fill CERES Fair Food organic grocery boxes, 100% of the profits fromwhich go towards developing regenerative farming practices and facilitating environmental education programmes. For groups who would prefer not to get their hands dirty, CERES can facilitate interactive workshops on topics like zero waste, Indigenous knowledge systems, or mending and upcycling. Afterwards, guests can toast their learning efforts with drinks in the Village Pavilion which has undercover capacity for 90 people for a cocktail-style event, or on the open-air Village Green which suits up to 300 guests. Turn marine debris into art. Photo: MK Eco by Starwin Hemingway’s Brewery Pair wildlife with wine in Margaret River. Photo: BE Perth Box up essentials for Australians experiencing homelessness. Photo: Corporate Challenge Events meeting newz [nov dec] 2021 [31]

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