She spent six weeks volunteering in The Kimberley.
Name: Kayla Milaudi
Your role: Business Banker, WA Business Relationship Centre
Region: Docklands, Victoria
What’s your story?
I’m originally from Brisbane and I have been working full-time for 10 years, I’m proud to say that 5 of these have been with NAB. For someone of my age, being a member of the workforce for so long is a little left field given many of my peers elected to continue their formal education after high school. Despite being an avid reader I had grown a little restless of the books and classrooms. I was eager to join the workforce instead and learn as much as I could in more practical environments. I started working for the Government in Queensland before moving to NAB, originally in my home state prior to relocating to Victoria.
How have you made a difference?
I have become an advocate for the volunteering program here at NAB. Employees are encouraged to take a minimum of 2 days of Volunteer Leave every year to contribute to their community or a cause close to their heart. For the past two years I have participated in the Larapinta Extreme Walk with the help of my volunteer leave. The Larapinta Extreme Walk is a trek of 11 days, over 223km in the Northern Territory that is run every year to raise funds for the Ngaanyatjara Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council. Participants go the duration of the trek with no phones, toilets, showers and other basic comforts for the cause. In a recent internal campaign NAB chose to use my participation in the trek to promote the volunteering program and demonstrate the vast array of opportunities employees have to give back. Through sharing stories of how employees can help communities and not for profits near and far, I hope that we can all take the opportunity to make positive impacts all across the country.
What are you passionate about?
Culture is something I am always striving to learn more about, both here in my home country and when I travel. I wanted to take the opportunity to participate in the trek, to support the custodians and owners of this land and learn about the heritage of our country. The Women’s Council the trek fundraises for is an aboriginal community controlled organisation that supports women and their families in the NPY region of central Australia to lead safe and healthy lives with improved life choices. The funds raised through participating in the trek fund an Annual Law and Culture Camp for aboriginal women. The camp is a safe place for women to go and learn about their own culture, pass on traditions and connect with other women from their communities. Women also learn about health, life choices and other initiatives to support them when they return home. During my time on the trek this May, and last year also I had the pleasure of learning about indigenous culture, directly from aboriginal women through stories, crafts and song. I hope that my participation in the trek can encourage others to learn and potentially find ways to support all Australians.