We're in the business of helping people. It's why we started way back in 1889, and it's what we still do today. But these days, with so many rules and regulations governing the way health funds work and what we can and can't cover people for, there are times when we'd like to be able to help, but we're simply not allowed. That's why we started the rt Families Foundation.
The rt Families Foundation is an independent charity that is run on a 100% volunteer basis by rt staff. By day we might be mild-mannered insurance company folk, but after hours and on weekends we're out there running golf days, chocolate drives, Easter raffles and getting sponsored to do crazy things like run in fun runs so we can raise money to give away. And we love it.
In the past couple of years we've had the incredible privilege of being able to lend a helping hand to a number of families when they had nowhere else to turn.
- We helped one family send their three kids off to school with new uniforms, books and supplies for the year – they were struggling to make ends meet because mum was so unwell that dad had to leave his job to take care of her.
- We helped another family buy a special adjustable bed for their great-grandmother who couldn't lie down to sleep at night. She finally got a good night's sleep, and her children, grand-children and great grand-children got to see her smiling again.
- And we helped a single mother buy a simple piece of equipment for her daughter who suffers from a debilitating disease. That one simple item has made a huge difference in their lives.
In each of these cases, these families had nowhere else to turn and we were deeply honoured to be able to help. These special families have touched all of our lives.