MERCURY SERIES: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
In the quest to help others, some travel to remote locations to help resource communities, while others find a hands-on way to help the most desperate and needy.
Access Law Group partner Graham Lancaster does that through his work and family life.
The latest example was when he headed to the art exhibition ART4REFUGEES at The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) with his wife, Catherine, to buy for work and home.
It was the third year Mr Lancaster has bought art to help raise money for the refugee support organisation SCARF.
"It is the office that has been buying most of them but this year we bought one for ourselves," he said.
"For about $140 you can pick up a fantastic piece of art."
In fact, this was Mr Lancaster's biggest year.
This year he bought three photographs, two paintings and two ceramics.
The painting for the office was from the oldest artist, Joan Hilton, 91. He also bought two photographs by Matt Smith, a photograph by Michael Davey and two ceramic penguins by Irene Heckenburg.
Mrs Lancaster bought a painting by Charles Billich.
"Doing something for charitable works is great," Mr Lancaster said.
"But I also love getting art for the office. When you have got people working in the office eight hours a day ... it is good to have something that will uplift them. They are also for clients to see."
Mr Lancaster has also been an active member of APEX, is on the board of the Top Blokes Foundation and participates in many activities such as the CEO Sleep Out and Angels at Work.
He has also supported initiatives such as the Smith Family's Learning For Life.
Because work prevented him working in the field, he said, the next best thing was using the resources that come from having a good job and a successful business.