Supporting community-spirited projects across Australia
Puma Energy Australia approach their philanthropic initiatives with the same drive and passion as they do all their business activities. They are committed to supporting a range of community-spirited projects across Australia that transform people's lives and support communities over the long-term.
Since Puma Energy selected Starlight Children's Foundation as their national charity of choice in late 2015, they have worked together to build a partnership that will continue into the future.
Laura Bain, Puma Energy Australia Charity Chairwoman said, "Starlight Children's Foundation was chosen as Puma Energy staff's charity of choice due to the amazing work they do to brighten the lives of sick kids. The enthusiasm and heart that our staff have for Starlight has continued to grow each year."
Like Puma Energy, the partnership has grown quickly over this time. In 2018, Puma Energy raised more than $250,000 for Starlight through team fundraisers, collections throughout their retail network, participating in Starlight signature events and corporate donations from the global Puma Energy Foundation.
Since 2017, one of Puma Energy's most significant fundraising endeavours has been aligned with Starlight Day. Puma Energy contributes 1 cent from every litre of fuel sold throughout their retail sites on Starlight Day.
In 2019, Puma Energy's contribution increased to also include $5-10 per tonne of bitumen sold, and matched funds from their Corporate team. Across all of their fundraising activations, Puma Energy raised over $170,000 for Starlight Day in 2019 with further fundraising planned throughout the year.
"We deeply appreciate the support from our retail and business customers who have come on-board to join us in raising funds each Starlight Day," Laura Bain said.
The Starlight partnership demonstrates Puma Energy's focus on building lasting relationships on the ground and investing in programs that deliver long-term benefit to families and communities across the country.
Each year, the Puma Energy Foundation has made a significant $40,000 donation to support Starlight's hospital and community programs for sick kids and their families. This donation gives more than 1,000 families access to Starlight Express Rooms in children's hospitals across Australia.
Puma Energy have also supported Starlight's Wishgranting program. In 2016, they made the dream of Joshua, who loves trucks come true. Staff organised a special trip for him to sit in the driver's seat of a giant Starlight branded petrol tanker! In 2018, the Puma Energy team created bespoke gift hampers for every family who joined Wish Week. These special opportunities mean so much to families going through incredibly difficult times.
The success of the partnership in a relatively short space of time is due to the shared commitment to building a strong, multi-layered relationship. The enthusiasm and support from right across the organisation has made a positive impact on so many sick kids and their families. Starlight is extremely proud to partner with Puma Energy Australia.
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