Medibank backs employees with 'volunteer day'

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Medibank has a responsibility that goes beyond its customers in supporting the health and wellbeing of the wider community, says the company's lead for sustainable development and wellbeing, Megan Bowen.

According to Ms Bowen, the company's purpose of ‘better health for better lives’ includes all Australians, which is why its employees are provided with a ‘Volunteer Day’ each year.

"I can give blood, serve food to the homeless, deliver Meals on Wheels and help at animal shelters, or assist with any community group that resonates with me. And it feels good too!" she told the company's website.

Ms Bowen said employees also have the opportunity to volunteer while at work with the company recently partnering with the Australian Red Cross on a ‘Trauma Teddy’ sewing day.

"These handmade teddies are sent out in care packages from the Australian Red Cross to families who have experienced a natural disaster, along with other essentials goods, clothing and household items," she said.

"We want to make sure giving back is easy and simple. We have regular dedicated volunteering workshops which I’m happy to say are always filled. We’ve also recently teamed up with the charity Eat Up, with our team making 1444 sandwiches for school children," contined Ms Bowen.

"I am proud to work at Medibank, where our values drive our purpose, and giving back to our community is celebrated and supported in every possible way."