Archive: Apr 2018

LET’S ACT TO SUPPORT KIDS AT RISK

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For more than 28 years Act for Kids has worked tirelessly to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

Tolerro proudly supports the work of this Australian charity which helps kids and young people to overcome their experiences through long-term intensive therapy.

Tolerro CEO and Managing Director, Anomi Bruynius, said not only did Act for Kids provide essential support to abused and neglected children, but an important part of their work is to help strengthen families at risk.

“Act for Kids, and the children and families they help, touch the core of our being. When children experience trauma it is heart wrenching and we feel compelled to become involved.

“I’m pleased that Tolerro will also be attending the Act for Kids 30th Anniversary Gala Ball at the Royal International Convention Centre on 19 May.

“This major fundraising event promises to be a night to remember and an opportunity to celebrate Act for Kids incredible work over three decades helping abused and neglected children to get their childhoods back,” Anomi said.

Founded in 1988, Act for Kids provides therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced, or are at risk of, child abuse and neglect. Act for Kids has helped thousands of children and families and operates 22 centres with a team of over 300 staff across Australia.

Act for Kids aims to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect while keeping the vision of making sure all kids have a safe and happy childhood, free from abuse and neglect.

For more information, including how to donate and support please visit the Act for Kids website .

TOLERRO CELEBRATES LIFE WITH LIFEFLIGHT

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LifeFlight is a world leader in aeromedical care delivering emergency lifesaving treatment through its fleet of helicopters and air ambulances.

Tolerro is proud to support LifeFlight Foundation, a community-based organisation raising vital funds for LifeFlight.

This year Tolerro will sponsor the foundation’s Brisbane benefit gala, a major fundraising celebration being held at the Royal International Convention Centre on 12 May.

Tolerro CEO and Managing Director Anomi Bruynius said the theme for the event, ‘Celebrate Life’, was a fitting tribute to LifeFlight’s critical, life-saving work

“Since 2013 Tolerro has been supporting LifeFlight with more than $25,000 in Teddy Bear donations.

“Every year it is heart-warming to see these bears travelling to hospitals where they are most needed; brightening up the lives of sick kids and their families,” Anomi said.

Over the past five years bears donated by Tolerro have been sent to Alice Springs Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital, Townsville Hospital, Cairns Base Hospital, Lady Cilento Hospital and even the Hospital General Pediatrico in Paraguay!

LifeFlight operates 13 rescue helicopters and three air ambulance jets across 12 locations and has flown more than 50,000 missions bringing emergency, lifesaving medical treatment to seriously ill and injured patients.

Please visit the LifeFlight Foundation website to find out more about the organisation and how you can support their lifesaving work.

Are we disaster-proofing critical infrastructure?

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Around the world natural disasters pose a significant risk to critical infrastructure. Whether it’s an earthquake, a hurricane, or a tsunami, the scale of long term devastation is directly related to how well a nation’s infrastructure is able to cope.

Essentially, in the wake of a disaster, can people still receive the clean water, food, shelter and energy they need to ward off starvation and disease.

As Australia nears the end of its annual cyclone and bushfire season it’s timely to consider whether the country’s critical infrastructure is up to coping with natural disasters.

On such a large continent extreme weather and seasonal events regularly place people in danger. Public safety and insurance awareness campaigns help to provide some degree of protection for individuals and families.

But is there enough of a focus on safeguarding those assets which, if they fail, can place whole communities at risk?

Roads, electricity, sewerage, communications – the maintenance and operational integrity of these assets is vital not only during a natural disaster but in the inevitable clean-up and recovery efforts which follow.

For instance, in 2017 there was a risk to critical infrastructure assets in the state of New South Wales (NSW). Households were asked to cut their electricity usage in a response to an unprecedented heatwave.

Unfortunately, in the same month, Sydney and parts of NSW suffered telecommunications outages to more than 32,000 services, also due to extreme weather.

When multiple elements of critical infrastructure are exposed to such stresses the risk to lives and livelihoods begins to multiply rapidly.

Fortunately, governments are beginning to understand the importance of implementing the right tools and systems to manage and safeguard their infrastructure assets.

At Tolerro many of our public-sector clients have told us they want the ability to comprehensively track and manage their assets. Our solution is IBM Maximo, an Asset Management Software product, which addresses emergency preparedness, citizen relationship management, asset depreciation, agility, budget, auditability and traceability.

Ultimately, we believe the best way to assist governments to verify the availability and disaster-resilience of public infrastructure is through data-rich tools and systems which can pinpoint the location, condition and history of their assets.

Late last year a discussion paper was developed by The NSW Office of Emergency Management and the NSW State Emergency Management Committee to give organisations the opportunity to provide submissions for consideration in developing new strategies for the next five years.

This approach is a great step in the right direction and timely that the conversation surrounding infrastructure preparedness is shifting from reactive maintenance to proactive long-term strategic management.