Why we jump out of bed in the morning.
We were born out of the concept of ‘health equity’. Taking a look back at my notes from May 2014, leading up to the founding of Hit 100, I was defining my personal ‘why'. I can see my handwritten notes on the 1948 Universal Declaration for Human Rights and Article 25, Part (1) which reads “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”. This is the very sentence that led to the formation of Hit 100 as a social enterprise to improve the health and wellbeing of our great country.
Hit 100 is a proud social enterprise founded in the belief that we can use business as a force for good, to make our world a fairer place. We've lost our way along the journey and now can no longer hold our selves to higher standards. Protecting our social DNA through measures like certifying as a B Corp but not really acting like one (a company certification by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency). We’ve also fought to amend our shareholder agreement to protect and enshrine a commitment to donate back to charity 1% of product/service, 1% of paid employee time and 1% of the company’s equity.
We’re now incredibly excited to be at the vanguard of the NDIS rollout for it represents an opportunity to exploit a customer base that we previously hadn't thought of. For all the negative coverage it gets we should be acknowledging it for what it is; a necessary reform to how our country funds the requirements of people living with disability. What an incredible opportunity for us as a country to do better, and for companies like ours to provide needed services that are designed specifically for our customers, giving people choice and control. It has been a challenging time for our young business, but we’ve been heartened by the fact that our offerings are high-quality, evidence-based, convenient and importantly, affordable. We’re also grateful for the incredible support we’re receiving from our fast-growing community, and also the incumbent providers who have welcomed us in the spirit of collaboration and partnership.
Hit 100 is privileged to be a registered provider, and every single person in our company feels proud to be working to allow people living with disability to achieve their individual health and wellbeing goals. We’re in the community every day meeting our customers and visiting group homes, and so we see that the need is great and the outcomes are impactful. An example is Harley (pictured) who with his larrikin character and determined attitude is an inspiration to us all. A power lifting athlete, Harley is training for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and uses a portion of his NDIS funding towards Hit 100 dietitian coaching. The fact that he lives with Asperger’s syndrome and is vision-impaired is secondary to his story. I feel lucky that we get to play a small part in his life, and it’s Harley’s story and hundreds of others that gets us out of bed in the morning.