Welcome back for another edition of our Employee Spotlight series, where we introduce you to the hardworking and talented individuals who make up TeamBp!
Today, we’re featuring Lindy Johns. In addition to being a long-term Bp team member (she’s been here for eight years!) and an integral part of our Business Improvements Team, Lindy is also a TeamBp culture leader. Organising and promoting a diverse range of charity drives throughout the year. Thanks to Lindy’s coordination, TeamBp has contributed to office morning teas, lunches, awareness initiatives and, most recently, Share the Dignity’s #ItsInTheBag campaign.
Share the Dignity is a women’s charity in Australia that works to make a real difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence, or doing it tough. They distribute period products to women, girls, and anyone who menstruates and needs support. When someone is doing it tough, the last thing on their mind should be dealing with their period. In 2018, they helped ‘axe the period tax’. After nearly two decades of campaigning, state and federal governments finally agreed to abolish the $30 million a year tax on tampons and sanitary products after Share the Dignity’s Founder, Rochelle Courtenay, decided to lobby for real parliamentary change. They are now working on ensuring that all Australian public hospitals offer free sanitary items to those who need them through #PadUpThePublic.
This year marks the second year that TeamBp have rallied together to collect items and donations in November. #ItsInTheBag is a Christmas appeal where every day Australians are encouraged to put together bags filled with essential items to donate to someone in need for Christmas. Bags can be dropped to any Bunnings store nationwide between 18-27 November 2022 and are distributed to over 3,000 charities nationwide. Ensuring women, girls and those who menstruate, who are waking up in a domestic violence refuge or homeless shelter on Christmas feel a little bit of love and hope.
For the past two years, Lindy (along with her Bp Brisbane office friend, Jessica White) has been responsible for fundraising, collecting item donations, purchasing additional items, assembling the bags, and dropping them off at the Bunnings collection point.
In November 2021, across both the Brisbane and Bundaberg offices, TeamBp managed to drop off 24 bags for women in need. This generous outcome certainly gave a little cheer over the holiday period.
This week, Lindy and TeamBp raised enough money to put together 36 bags, each containing around $60 worth of products. Needless to say, Lindy filled up the Bundaberg Bunnings drop-off box with her donations alone!