OMD swapped a day in the office for a day of hard labour to mark its Do Good Day that gives back to communities in need.
The annual event sees the agency support schools that have limited funding and resource for upkeep and maintenance, and this year it was Auckland's Favona Primary School that got a helping hand.
The agency visited the school to complete a series of tasks in one day that would have otherwise taken six months to complete. The work included gardening, painting, sanding, shifting furniture and teaming up to be the opposition for lunchtime basketball.
Client service director Chrissy Payne says the highlight of the day was the smiling faces of the students when the team managed to shift 2000 wheelbarrows worth of bark into a new, untouched playground. She says that job alone saved the school $2500 in labour.
Principal Diane Wiechern says the Favona whanau feels very blessed and proud of the lovely, revamped environment adding that OMD achieved so much more than just improving the property.
"Lives were touched, and our school values were outworked in your actions.”
As well as giving back to the community, Do Good Day also gives the staff the chance to work together using a different set of skills.
The agencies clients, including Heinz Watties, Frucor, Dulux, Selleys and Stihl Shop, also got involved in the day by supplying products.