This year I was really touched by the interest that the big corporates took in our project. And not only did they support this with gifts but some of their people committed days of work as well. How humbling that support is. And how grateful I was for it. They worked so hard and achieved in a few short days what usually takes my older band of volunteers a little bit longer. In this case people from one of the largest banks int he country not only donated gifts but their time and labour as well. The CEO of Macquarie is known for his philanthropy – it clearly rubs off on the organisation and we all appreciated the way the folk from Macquarie threw themselves into the task of turning the donated goods into presents.

When all the gifts are sorted into age groups and whether it is suitable for a boy or girl, they are bundled up into a present and wrapped. And each child has that gift labelled by name – the orphanage sends us a list of names. Any goods that are left over are packaged up and sent anyway – these orphanages waste nothing.