Business Wodonga

Wodonga GEM Awards

All of us on the border have been through so much and still have many challenges ahead of us. So how do we put some focus on our own wellbeing? BY MAKING IT FUN! 

Business Wodonga will be running a 6 week fun competition called The Wodonga Gem Awards. There will be daily, weekly prizes, scavenger hunts, snowball fights, costumes and so much more! We will be working with businesses, teams and local owners to have fun and make positive changes one small challenge at a time. 

TINY IS MIGHTY.  

Each week will have a different theme and each day will have a different game or challenge. Some are small and can be done in just a minute or two. Some have more steps but will be equally fun to complete with coworkers, friends or family. There will be an online scoreboard so you can keep track of this friendly Business Community community competition. Challenge a fellow business, share it with your friends or just see how many points you can stack up during the 6 weeks. 

For more in depth members only coverage of the GEM Awards please head over to the Wodonga GEM Awards Group Forum

Week 1: Positive Emotions

Know what makes us happy

11th July- 20th August, 2022

Tell the Wodonga Story one word at a time. This will be a community interactive word cloud that will show what we love about the Wodonga community. At the end of this activity, the Word Map will be printed and displayed for all to see! 5 points awarded for sharing on your social media a screenshot of what the word map looks like when you contributed. *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

 

Tuesday, 12th July, 2022

Fill a jar or cup with positive words beginning with the first letter of your name. Snap a pic or list your collection of words and share it on socials for 5 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Wednesday 13 July, 2022

Let’s make a drab winter Wednesday a lot more vibrant with a splash of colour and sunshine with all things yellow.

Find 10 different things that are all yellow and arrange them into a pretty picture. Collages are accepted. 

Snap a pic and share it on socials for 5 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Thursday 14th July, 2022

COLLAGE TIME! Each active teammate on your team should take a photo at sunrise or sunset. Collage them together so that you’re all in the “same picture” virtually. Share your creation on socials for 10 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Stonehenge wasn’t a druidic temple, an amphitheater, or a cosmic calendar; it was an unfinished construction project. Create what you think Stonehenge was going to be before funding ran out, using materials found in your kitchen, house or office. 

Share your creation on socials for a HUGE 20 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Week 2: Engagement

Know what we love doing

18 July, 2022

Make a special box of 5 little things that make you feel happy. Take a picture of the things. If you can, include a note explaining what you like about each thing.

5 points awarded for sharing on your social media a screenshot of what the word map looks like when you contributed. *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Tuesday 19th July, 2022

Learn a new joke and tell at least one person. *Honour system invoked for this one. Points are only awarded if you made them smile! 🙂 

Share it on socials for 1 point for each smile, 5 points if you made at least one person laugh.  *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Wednesday 20th July, 2022

Swap-meet day! Meet up at the Wodonga Senior Centre and hold a yard sale with us. Except, this is not a regular yard-sale, it’s a yard-giveaway: Wodonga Community Bazaar. Bring up to 5 items that you can bear to part with and set up shop. And remember, no money must change hands and no bartering! All items must be gifted to passers-by and everything must go!

Snap a pic of what you are bringing and share it on socials for a massive 20 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Thursday 21st July, 2022

Who doesn’t like taking a peek into someone else’s fridge? We want to see what everyone’s fridge looks like with a bit of styling. Line up every item in the door of the refrigerator from shortest to tallest. Snap a pic and share it on socials for 5 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Friday 22nd July, 2022

It time for a colour audit. Go somewhere outside and note all the different colours you can see in a certain amount of time. This can be completed over the weekend with family or friends but don’t forget to either take a picture, make a drawing or painting, or note down all that you saw. As we all know, Audits need solid data to be valid. 

Share your data on socials for a big 10 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Week 3: Relationships

Know how we connect with others

Monday 25th July, 2022

Make a family/team playlist and play it through at least once. Bonus entry if you have a dance party and share with us a video or tik tok of the fun!

5 points awarded for sharing on your social media. Extra 5 points for sharing with us the playlist so we can dance along with you. *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Tuesday 26th July, 2022

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.

Talk to a stranger. Strike up a conversation with someone new. 

Share either a selfie, what you learnt about that new person on socials for 5 points. *Please respect privacy and don’t share full names, details, etc without consent. We just want to get Wodonga chatting a little bit more with each other so if you are comfortable sharing, send us a DM (Direct message) and we will add the points to your total. 

*Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Wednesday 27th July, 2022

Wodonga has some of the most talented people around and we want you to show those talents by making something (jewellery, artwork) for a family member/friend/team member. Doesn’t have to be big, elaborate or perfect, just has to be from you. 

Snap a pic and share it on socials for a big 10 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Thursday 28th July, 2022

Show us a soldier dancing a beautifully choreographed rendition of the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy or Swan Lake while dressed in full combat fatigues.

Share your creation on socials for 10 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Friday 29th July, 2022

Obstacle Course Day! Nothing gets the kids (or adults!) more excited about doing household chores (or office chores) than making it a challenge. Design a challenging obstacle course that incorporates no less than 3 chores that must be done and speed run its completion.

https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/competitive-cleanup-with-your-teammates 

Share a part of your obstacle course, a video of the competition or what you accomplished on socials for a HUGE 20 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Week 4: Meaning

Know why we do what we do

Monday 1st August, 2022

Everybody always asks kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” That’s fine, but what do you want to be RIGHT NOW? Draw a picture of you as your dream-self. If you have accomplished that dream self, don’t be shy about sharing that as well! In Wodonga we are surrounded by incredibly fearless entrepreneurs and leaders that are chasing their dreams every day. And we want to shout that from the rooftops! 

This one is a big one so we are giving out a massive 20 points for sharing with us! *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Tuesday 2nd August, 2022

Just like the sunrise symbolizes the start of the day and a new beginning, sunset symbolism indicates the completion of a cycle and an end to the proceedings. It’s commonly present together with the sunrise symbolism because they form an entity, a cycle. They happen each day, and there’s no changing that, which is typical of the force of Nature that they both are. Today we want you to watch a sunrise or a sunset and tell us what you are excited about starting or completing. 

Share a pic, story, artwork, anything for 5 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Wednesday 3rd August, 2022

Every business has a mission statement. We want you to write your personal mission statement and share it with us for 5 points.

*Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Thursday 4th August, 2022

Time is moving so quickly these days that we want to capture a little moment of that. Create a time capsule of what your day or world is like right now. You can decide how long and where you would like to save your “Moment of Time” but it must be at least 30 days to qualify for the points. 

Share your creation on socials for 10 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Friday 5th August

Girl Scouts write wishes on paper airplanes and send them out into the world. But we don’t trust airlines with all the cancellations and delays lately to get our wishes where they need to go. Write your wishes on tiny pieces of hand-made biodegradable confetti made from leaves and cast them into the wind. 

Share a photo of your dreams on the wind for 5 points.  *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Week 5: Accomplishment

Know and celebrate our achievements

Monday 8th August, 2022

How many coins or buttons can you stack without them falling over? NO CHEATING! Adhesives must not be used.   

5 points awarded for sharing a picture of your epic tower on your social media. Extra 5 points if you made it into a competition with someone else. 

*Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Tuesday 9th August, 2022

Procrastinators Unite! We all have something that we put off . Today is the day that we change that. Do a task you’ve been putting off/keep forgetting about and either tell us about it or share a smiling selfie of you when you cross it off your to-do list. 

Snap a pic and share it on socials for 5 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Wednesday 10 August, 2022

Let’s go back to school. You are both the teacher and the student this time. Each person on your team must attempt to learn a new skill they have never tried before and document the experience, including the first attempt. You must also teach a coworker a new skill that you have. Get creative and learn how amazing and talented our coworkers are! 

Snap a pic and share it on socials for 5 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Thursday 11th August, 2022

We all made it through the banana bread and sour dough trends of the early days of Covid as calories didn’t count during restrictions. 

What’s something that you’ve never cooked or baked because it just seemed too daunting or difficult? Nobody is perfect the first time so don’t worry about the results. All that matters is you tried!

Share your creation on socials for 10 points. Extra 20 points for anyone who shares it with the Business Wodonga team (or any of our fantastic partners). Sharing is caring after all! 

*Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Friday 12th August, 2022

Winter is a great time to plant bare root stock or dormant plants. It gives us hopes of warmer days and the sweet green growing leaves. Plant a tree, flower, veggie garden at work and delight in the knowledge that you made your world a little bit better today.  

Share your accomplishment on socials for a HUGE 20 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Week 6: Health

Know how we eat, sleep and exercise

Monday 15th August, 2022

The art of rock balancing is said to open up creative pathways in your brain. But potato balancing has been proven to actually provide a shortcut to enlightenment. That’s why we found you, in nature (or your backyard), meditating near the balanced potato. 

Snap a pic and share it on socials for 10 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Tuesday 16th August, 2022

It’s time for the Great Wodonga Leaf Census! How many different kinds of leaves are in your backyard or at your office? Count them, then take a photo of one of each leaf arranged on the kitchen table or your desk. 

Share your photo of socials for 5 points. *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Wednesday 17th August, 2022

Go for a walk with someone. A friend, your dog, in a meeting.

Share a selfie of you out and about for 5 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Thursday 18th August, 2022

Did you know that adding color to your meals will help you live a longer, healthier life? Colorful fruits and vegetables can paint a beautiful picture of health because they contain phytonutrients, compounds that give plants their rich colors as well as their distinctive tastes and aromas. Today we want you to eat the rainbow in a day. Take a photo of each of the colours and stitch together into a collage. 

Share your “Rainbow” on socials for 10 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

Friday 19th August, 2022

Variety is the spice of life. Studies have recently shown that we eat on average about 43 different types of food, most persons reporting between 20 and 60 total food items.  Try a new vegetable (or use one you haven’t for a while). 

Share what veg (or fruit) you have given a shot on socials for a HUGE 20 points *Don’t forget to tag Business Wodonga and use the hashtag #wodongagemawards to ensure you are credited for the points. 

  • List to come

This project is supported by the Victorian Government. 

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