PTV elves share the Christmas spirit and raise over $1,000 for charity partner, Ladder

Staff writer

A group of Public Transport Victoria staff have taken Christmas giving to an all new level by raising $1082.35 for PTV’s charity partner, Ladder.

PTV staff, from the Franchise Operator Management (FOM) Christmas Committee, donned Christmas hats and with lots of Christmas cheer, visited their colleague’s desks throughout December to raise funds for young people affected by homelessness.

Fiona Xuereb, Manager School Bus Reform and one of the team leaders, said the group was overwhelmed by the support from PTV staff.

“When we spoke about where the money was going, and how it was supporting young people in the Ladder program, people were only too willing to give.

“We had to keep updating the figure on the giant cheque, as even on the morning of the presentation to Ladder, staff donations just kept coming in!”

A number of staff from the FOM Christmas Committee had been inspired to fundraise after visiting the Ladder Geelong program earlier in the year.

“Meeting the young people in person really motivated us to do more,” Ms Xuereb said.

“When I met one of the young boys at the start of the day, he was incredibly shy. However as we kept talking, we realised that we both loved motorbikes. From there, he completely opened up and we shared a fantastic afternoon.

“These young people have found themselves out of home for various reasons – many of which were completely out of their control. It would be extremely difficult to be in this position at such a young age, so we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to support them.”

Ladder’s GM of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Stephanie De Campo praised the generosity of PTV staff.

“It says a lot about the calibre of people within PTV for this initiative to be such a success.

“We sincerely thank the FOM Christmas Committee, including Fiona Xuereb, Verity Ellison, Ian Nolan, Nicolette Ross, Kathleen Gallagher and Aliyyah Chizari and all of the PTV staff who generously donated. This donation means that we can accept another young person into the mentoring program and they will receive 12 months of support.

“What an excellent piece of news to deliver to a young person at Christmas time.

“We look forward to continuing our meaningful partnership with PTV in 2018,” Ms De Campo said.

From left; Patrick Karnezis, Stephanie De Campo, Fiona Xuereb and Verity Ellison