“Day of Giving is TELUS’s part of worldwide core philosophy that really starts on how we think about our responsibility in business. Our Day of Giving is a pinnacle of our giving activity where we do volunteer work throughout the year in every country we operate,” said Jeffrey Puritt, President and CEO of TELUS International whom we’ve met in person during the TELUS Days of Giving CSR program held in Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila last May 13, 2017. The rising temperature heat index of that particular Saturday did not stop TELUS’s work force who came in with high spirits as each participant volunteers and committed their whole day to a very meaningful ‘giving back’ activity.
The school was jam-packed from the entrance and all throughout the areas where different programs were delivered to those who came. Days of Giving is a kickoff for the Department of Education’s (DepEd) yearly school clean-up program, Brigada Eskwela, and over 2,600 TIP volunteers came straight from their full night’s shift to spend their Saturday at the elementary school to refurbish some of the school’s facilities and extend their helping hands tot he surrounding community by sharing first aid, disaster preparedness, livelihood, and job interview skills.
Aside from repainting walls, repairing chairs, refurbishing bathrooms, planting gardens, and replacing school windows, TIP volunteers built a new kindergarten classroom to accommodate more students. The company also conducted a dental mission for the students of the school and organized a workshop to train teachers in first aid and proper healthcare treatment, so they can better care for their students in the event of accidents and disasters.
“TELUS days of Giving are just one of the ways our company provides team members with the opportunity to showcase their commitment to the communities around the world where we live, work, and serve. Signifcant number of those team members just worked all night last night and they haven’t been to sleep yet. And yet, commitment to giving back is so strong so inculcated into the DNA of our corporate culture that despite being here with or no sleep, they all have their smiles on their faces so enthusiastically and energetically making their contributions painting, cleaning, and renovating, trying to make this school a little bit nicer for these 9,000 school children,” Puritt continued.
Our coverage wasn’t complete without a walk-through inside the school and Carlos Giammattei, Brand, Marketing & Culture Director at TIP showed us different activity areas where 2,600 TIP volunteers made their contributions. To further highlight the goals of the event and appeal to the caring culture of its team members, TIP created a chair exhibit that features broken chairs taken from Rosauro Almario Elemntary School and shocased them in the five TIP offices in Metro Manila. According to Carlos, the exhibit is a symbol of hope for this year’s TDOG. “These cahirs represent not only the work needed for the school but they also symbolize the hope of creating a better and strongr community if we work together as one,” Giammattei shared.
Watch: TELUS Days of Giving Facebook LIVE Press Conference
TELUS International Philippines has more than 13,000 team members across its five offices and the number makes up for almost half of the 26,000 team members worldwide. “My team here is the most successful, productive, hardworking, delivering the best levels of service across our industry,” Puritt lastly shared during our conversation.
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