It is often said that charity begins at home, but in Ticketmaster’s case, charity begins in the workplace.

Globally, Ticketmaster and parent company Live Nation are stridently committed to supporting worthy charitable causes and all staff members throughout the world are actively encouraged to partake in giving.

In Australia and New Zealand, Ticketmaster places a strong emphasis on charity and fundraising with the company supporting various charities. Annually, Ticketmaster staff members support Movember, which promotes awareness of male health issues. Each November the office is overrun with moustached men and ‘mo sistas’ who fundraise and raise awareness of men’s health issues such as cancer, mental health and inactivity.

On top of that worthy cause, Ticketmaster team members nominate and vote on a staff charity each year. In 2016 our staff charity is Beyond Blue, with previous staff selections including the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Our 2016 selection, Beyond Blue, is a fantastic organisation that supports people living with depression and anxiety. In Australia, more than three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety and seven people take their own life daily.

Mental health is an extremely important topic and Ticketmaster staff members overwhelmingly voted to support the charity in 2016.

In 2015 Ticketmaster donated $7,000 to our selected charities. Over the past four years of fundraising, Ticketmaster has raised almost $30,000 from staff donations alone. Fundraising within the workplace includes morning teas, staff donations and events such as fun runs.

On top of the monetary donation, Ticketmaster took part in a gift drive prior to Christmas. Operation Christmas Child – a cause which delivers shoe boxes filled with gifts, toiletries and clothes to underprivileged children – received more than 20 boxes filled with items donated by people in Ticketmaster’s Melbourne office alone.

The charitable attitude of Ticketmaster is driven from the top down. Our Managing Director, Maria O’Connor has been a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia since 2006, which makes her the organisation’s longest serving board member.

Another senior Ticketmaster employee, Rob D’Orazio, is instrumental in running and supporting the annual On The Boot event, which raises money for My Room, a charity that supports children living with cancer.

The philanthropic endeavours of senior staff members are inspiring to the wider Ticketmaster team and we are proud to say all staff members embrace the opportunity to take part in charitable activities to support the community.

We are excited to take our charitable initiatives to new levels in 2016 and continue to give back.

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