Olympus teams up with food rescue charity to help vulnerable communities

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Olympus staff volunteers Michelle Mani, Navin Kumar, Lorraine Fox & Rebecca Palma at Federation Square for Think.Eat.Save 2014

Olympus Australia has established a long-term commitment to Australian food charity OzHarvest to collect quality excess food and provide assistance to Australians in need of food.

Oliver Clarke, communications manager for the company – which produces a range of visual inspection systems and eddy current flaw detectors – said, “We can channel resources to them so that our impact is more significant.”

“Our view is that we are partnered with them for the long term.”

The first event supported by the company was the Think.Eat.Save event held in July. Some of the nation’s top chefs, politicians and celebrities assisted at functions held across Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle to take a stance against food waste.

At the Melbourne event, held for the first time in Federation Square, the Olympus marketing team helped serve soup and desserts to more than 1300 people during the course of lunchtime, also helping with setting up and packing down the event.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said the aim of Think.Eat.Save 2014 was to bring attention to the disturbing amount of food wasted in Australia and around the world, where roughly one third of food produced for human consumption, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes, gets wasted along the way.

“Our modern day challenge is to create a sustainable food culture that can be shared by all, where we waste less at all levels of food production and distribution,” Ms Kahn said.

Olympus will be participating in regular team building events with OzHarvest, along with the Think.Eat.Save and CEO Cookout events each year.