Bell Gully's summer clerks have swapped their business attire for overalls, paint brushes and sand paper as part of the firm's ongoing support for Plunket.
As a result, Plunket clinics in Auckland's Green Bay, Otahuhu, and Mangere Bridge, and Wellington's Porirua and Waitangirua were given complete makeovers - either inside or out.
The community service element of Bell Gully's summer clerk leadership programme is in its second year and is designed to broaden the traditional summer clerk working experience into a wider development programme incorporating leadership and teambuilding skills.
Bell Gully has a long-standing affiliation with Plunket, one of New Zealand's leading providers of family health services.
As part of the Plunket challenge, the summer clerks were divided into teams to work on sanding and painting each clinic. Bell Gully chairman David Simcock and partner Haydn Wong were on hand to appoint a winner for the best overall work in Auckland, which went to the Mangere Bridge crew.
"What a tremendous effort. The dedication and hard work the summer clerks put in has really paid off. The community service element of the programme is challenging and they all have something to be proud of. The much-needed makeovers will make a great and long-lasting difference to the communities that will be using them on a daily basis," David says.
Unfortunately a winning team could not be judged for the Wellington clinics because bad weather prevented completion of the makeovers there.
Wellington summer clerk Nicholas Laing explains: "Since the weather dawned grey and rainy it ruled out any exterior work, so both teams merged to work on the interior of the Waitangirua clinic. It was a really enjoyable experience and Plunket representatives told us how much they appreciated our hard work."
In Auckland, the experience was especially memorable for one summer clerk, Nick Moffatt, as he had attended the Mangere Bridge clinic as a baby.
"It's rewarding for us as a team to give back to the community, especially for me having attended the clinic as a baby," he says.
Nick Moffatt and Liz Caughley at work at the Mangere Bridge clinic.
The Otahuhu team still have energy for a smile after a long day painting. From left, standing: Rebecca Elvin, Nico de Jong, Natalie Jordan, Daniel Pannett, Jason Wach, Emily Harris. From left, sitting: Victoria Knell, Ben Thompson, Natasha Garvan, Jackie Frampton. On the roof: Dominic Toomey.
The Wellington team get as much done as possible on the Porirua clinic before the rain. From front: Danielle Notman, Isla Wood and Laura Coffey.