As Australia’s leading pest control company for over 100 years, a strong sense of community runs through everything we do at Flick.

2020 and 2021 have underscored more than ever the importance of being there for each other; which is why we introduced the Flick Community Service Award. Our inaugural recipient was technician Darryn Hughes, who distinguished himself by frequently putting others’ needs before his own. Darren received $5000 to donate to a charity of his choice.

Darryn chose mental health charity Beyond Blue, which provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their situation and wherever they live.

Unfailing Support For Others During Hard Times

Darryn’s award recognises his selflessness on the job, especially when it comes to his support of people who might be struggling or facing personal adversity.

On several occasions Darryn has answered the calls of a young staff member of one of our major builders, who was struggling with severe depression following a family breakdown.

This young man was threatening self-harm and on two occasions Darryn drove out in the middle of the night to sit with him, listen, and provide guidance on where he could seek professional help – which he did. Support services such as Beyond Blue and counselling are crucial in situations like this.

A Community is Strong Together

In the days and weeks that followed, Darryn kept in regular contact just to ensure the young man was getting the support he needed and to let him know that support and counselling were only a phone call away. Darryn still remains in contact with him and checks in on him to see how he’s doing.

We feel extremely lucky to have someone like Darryn as part of the Flick family, said Jussi Ylinen, CEO Flick Anticimex.  According to Beyond Blue, over 3 million Australians deal with anxiety and depression every day. Let’s follow Darryn’s example and be aware of when others’ might be struggling.

Flick is Australia’s leading pest and hygiene company, keeping Australia safe through expert local knowledge, global technology and highly-trained technicians who really care about the community. Find out more today.