Our inaugural William Hill International Community Day took place on Tuesday, 22 March 2016.

The day is part of our new community commitment, Close to HOME, where colleagues give time and resources to make a positive difference in all the local communities where we live and work.

The day saw teams from across our office and retail locations coming together in one marathon effort to help their local communities, with colleagues identifying a local charity or good cause to provide fundraising and support for the day. The event kicked-off in Sydney and continued across every William Hill country until we finished up in Nevada.

"Community means different things to different people. At William Hill, we are one big community, with 16,000 people across nine countries. We already know that so many of our colleagues around the world put tremendous effort and passion into helping charities and local causes. Our International Community Day is really about celebrating this, and demonstrating what our William Hill people can achieve for our local communities when we all come together. A huge range and diversity of projects have been put together by our colleagues, and I know it is going to be a truly inspiring day- I cannot wait to see the results!"

Bill South, Director of Security and Community Affairs.

2016 Community Day timeline


On 22 March 2016, our real-time timeline tracked colleagues' activities within their local communities. 

We kicked things off in Australia at 22:00hrs GMT on 21 March 2016. Travelling through The Philippines, Israel, Bulgaria and UK, we finally finished in The US 24 hours later, at 22:00 hrs GMT on 22 March 2016.

Sydney events


Our colleagues in Sydney kick started their recent partnership with a mental health charity with a few fundraising events.

With the Aussie Rules AFL season kicking off just 2 days after our International Community Day, colleagues around the office wore their AFL jerseys to work in exchange for a donation towards their partnered mental health charity. Colleagues also took part in a putt putt competition, which took place in both of our offices in Sydney.

Manila: Fairplay for All

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Around 25 colleagues from our office in Manila held a football clinic for 50 kids from the Fairplay for All Foundation and also for college students from the Taguig City University, signifying the beginning of our support for their sports programme.

Tel Aviv: Arazim

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Colleagues in Tel Aviv hosted a ‘Purim party’ with different activities, costumes and prizes for the kids from ‘Arazim’ a residential treatment centre for at-risk teenagers and young people, whom the team have worked with in the past.

Sofia: Home for Children


Our group in Sofia helped refurbish rooms at the orphanage ‘Home for Children’ in Doganovo, a village situated close to Sofia.

Gibraltar: Animals in Need


A group of colleagues in Gibraltar spent the day clearing out a local animal shelter, for charity Animals in Need.

UK-wide: Depaul UK


Our UK pilot project teams took on the Depaul Box Challenge, a selling challenge to raise funds and awareness about Depaul UK, a charity tackling homelessness. We had 6 groups taking part in Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Bristol, Swansea, Aberdeen & Birmingham.

Leeds: Leeds Children's Charity


Our team in Leeds arranged a collection around our St John’s office aiming to donate as many Easter Eggs as they could for the Leeds Children’s Charity, a charity working with underprivileged children.

London: Sylvia Lawla Court


Colleagues from our office in Wood Green tidied the garden area for Sylvia Lawla, which provides sheltered accommodation for vulnerable and elderly people in the local area, and is located right next door to the office.

Nevada: Boys and Girls Club


Our team in the US helped move donated items and organise the storage space at the local ‘Boys and Girls Club’. The Club is an organisation that offers children in the community a place to go after school when they would otherwise go without adult care and supervision.

A separate team also spent the day assisting at a local foodbank, helping to pack lunches and offering meal assistance to those who visited the foodbank.