2020 has been a turbulent year that has tested us on many levels, both as individuals and as a business. Like many, we have felt the uncertainty, sadness and fear associated with the Australian Bushfires during the summer, to the current World health and economic crises due to Covid19.
We are one of the lucky businesses who stayed open during the lockdown. And despite the drop in sales, increase safety measures, and changes to our working conditions, we are continually grateful that we offer products people love and need.
During this period, we have had to be proactive and innovative for the survival of our business. This time has made us reflective and appreciative of how lucky we are. To show our appreciation and to give back to our community, we have ventured into numerous community projects to do our bit too.
MAY – JULY
A THANK YOU HUG IN A PACKET
While many Australians have stayed home to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other essential services like us, have been able to go to work in safe and protected environments; our more exposed, hard-working nurses, doctors, hospital cleaners and administrators have continued to protect and care for people in our communities.
To show our gratitude, and respect, Organic Times have partnered with Wodonga Park, our generous and amazing Australian organic macadamia farmer, supplier for our chocolates and cookies; to create these “thank you hugs in a packet” for the brave and hardworking healthcare professionals for keeping us safe.
We have collaborated to donate these delicious crunchy treats of Honey Roasted Macadamia Nuts to healthcare facilities across Victoria.
We have been able to say thank you to the following locations:
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
- The Alfred Hospital
- Knox Hospital
- Maroondah Hospital
- Geelong Hospital
- St Vincent’s Private Hospital
- Royal Children’s Hospital
- Epworth Hospital Box Hill
- Eye & Ear Hospital
- Mercy Hospital
- Dorevitch Pathology
- Ambulance Victoria
- Holmes Glen Hospital
- Peter James Centre
- Monash Medical Centre
- St Vincent’s Hospital
- North Park Private Hospital
- McKenzie Aged Care
APRIL – MAY
GETTING INNOVATIVE WITH SANITISER
Back in March/April, when toilet paper was a precious commodity and hand sanitiser non-existent, Organic Times partnered with long-time friends Corowa Distilling Co (craftsmen of whisky and more) to bring Australian made 70%+ alcohol based liquid sanitiser to our customers.
Due to world-wide shortages and restrictions in logistics, ingredients and packaging were hard to source and expensive to buy. Luckily, with our resources and amazing relationships, we were able to make enough hand sanitiser for our own use and for our customers at an affordable price. The initiative was to help with the ongoing public demand, to supply our health food stores and to generate income for us while business was tough.
MARCH – APRIL
HAPPY EASTER TO THE DOHERTY INSTITUTE
Around Easter time, the researchers and team of The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, were working hard in response to COVID19. All their staff were working tirelessly around the clock and in a high-risk environment, day after day to help our country.
To show our appreciation for their efforts, we delivered 12 cartons (more than 150 boxes) of Easter Eggs and Bunnies to the good people of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne. Simply to say Thank You and Happy Easter!
HELPING MITCHAM COMMUNITY MEAL WITH EASTER SUNDAY
Mitcham Community Meal is an amazing community group in our local area of Melbourne, that provide a warm meal and company for those in need. They provide these dinners with the assistance of different local club, business, or church group to people in the Mitcham community. For Easter Sunday, we donated Organic Chocolate Easter Eggs to be given to the homeless as gifts, as well as pantry ingredients to help make brownies for their dessert.