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Winemakers Responsib’All for Barossa Community

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Employees at Pernod Ricard Winemakers will make a difference to their community on June 1, when they volunteer around the Barossa region for their annual ‘Responsib’All Day’.

Run as a partnership with Barossa and Light Councils, the event will see 450 staff from the Rowland Flat and Dulwich office sites spend a day volunteering at community project sites throughout the region.

Volunteer tasks will include everything from painting to planting at various locations including Cromer Conservation Park, Horrocks Highway, Mount Crawford Cemetery, Queen Victoria Jubilee Park, Williamstown and Bethany.

James Lake, who coordinates Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ Sustainability & Responsibility within South Australia said this year will build on the success of the 2016 Responsib’All Day.

“It was an experience so extremely rewarding, which enabled us to establish new relationships and at the same time make a genuine contribution to the community,” James said.

“This is a global initiative that involves 18,000 employees around the world, who close down operations for a day to give back to their local communities.

“It’s a great opportunity for our staff to see how easy it is to volunteer in the community, and to feel good about doing it.”

Barossa Mayor Bob Sloane said the initiative will improve a number of community sites needing a facelift or just a few extra pairs of hands.

“Many Council and community facilities rely heavily on the work of volunteers, so we are delighted to have some new recruits willing to roll up their sleeves and pick up a paintbrush or shovel in support of our community.

“We’ve had a long and productive relationship with Pernod Ricard Winemakers through projects such as construction of the Jack Bobridge Track and the Rex, and this is another great example of how these partnerships can make improvements at a grass-roots level for our community,” he said.