GHD in the Community
Humanitarian assistance with RedR
In Australia, GHD has formalised its partnership with RedR, a leading humanitarian agency for international emergency relief. This enables us to continue the relationship our people began in 1992 to provide financial assistance and support for corporate activities. As part of the partnership, our people have the opportunity to train and pursue humanitarian and disaster relief roles with RedR.
Partnering with EWB
Working with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through education and engineering solutions is something that our people are passionate about. As part of our relationship with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) around the world, our people are involved in numerous programs to assist communities in Australia, Cambodia, Laos, India and the USA. This includes an ongoing involvement with Indigenous communities.
Building for Habitat for Humanity
Breaking the cycle of poverty by providing housing solutions to people in need is another cause that our people support wholeheartedly. Our Young Professionals (YPs) group in New Zealand (NZ) is very involved with Habitat for Humanity, having undertaken more than eight builds in 2014, donating their time and services to build homes. On a recent build, our YPs partnered with Engineers Without Borders.
Our long-term support of this safe water, sanitation and hygiene initiative in Tanzania continues to change lives. Founded by one of our engineers, MSABI has provided access to safe water and sanitation to an estimated 85,000 people and educated more than 350,000 people in the past five years. As one of MSABI’s strategic partners, we provide financial support and our people act as technical advisors, donating their time and skills to this respected program.
Cycling for Heart and Stroke Foundation
The community spirit of our people in the Americas is vast and extends to numerous causes. Recently, a team of 18 GHD cyclists from our Canadian operations completed the 27th Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart, a 50 or 75 km ride on two of Toronto’s busiest highways (which were closed to traffic for the event). The GHD team joined 14,000 other riders to raise funds and awareness for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Dragon boating for CRASH
In the United Kingdom, our people participated in the 15th London Construction Dragon Boat Challenge. Our team, known as the rouGHDiamonds, did exceptionally well, taking first place ahead of 35 other teams. Of course, it was all in the name of raising funds for the charity known as CRASH, which offers practical help that focuses on improving the buildings used by homeless men and women.