HELPING HAND: Chris Tanner, Crystal Harvey, Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun general manager Pat Fordyce, Leanne Richter and Steve Askew.
HELPING HAND: Chris Tanner, Crystal Harvey, Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun general manager Pat Fordyce, Leanne Richter and Steve Askew. MARA PATTISON-SOWDEN

Hard-working Rio employees pay it forward

PAYING it forward is a buzz word that's gone global, but in Gladstone we breathe it.

Four Gladstone community groups received a donation from Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, which was based on employee performance.

Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun general manager Pat Fordyce said the Bravo! Billets programme recognised employees' good performance.

During the third quarter of this year, 104 employees were awarded billets and paid their good deeds forward by voting for one of four local community groups.

More than $3200, raised through the purchase of staffroom coffee pods, was divided among the groups.

The Gladstone Literacy Centre, Rotary Club of South Gladstone, Gladstone Women's Health Centre and Kareeba Scouts were given donations to support them with their work in the community.

Steve Askew said the Rotary Club of South Gladstone was working with Mt Larcom's Australian Animal Care and Education centre to help build a new pen.

"We're looking at doing a working bee and they need the physical help to build it too," he said.

Chris Tanner said the Gladstone Literacy Centre had helped 455 students over the past 14 years.

"These children can't read when they come, our job is to get them up and ready for high school," he said.

"So far we've turned out half a dozen school captains and a number have gone off to university."

Leanne Richter said Kareeba Scouts had been doing improvements on their den, and the much-needed funds would help those along.

Crystal Harvey from the Gladstone Women's Health Centre said their donation would go towards a parent program.

"We thank you from the children and the young parents who this will ultimately make a difference to."

DONATIONS:

  • Rotary Club of South Gladstone $824
  • Kareeba Scout Group $813
  • Gladstone Literacy Centre $792
  • Gladstone Women's Health Centre $782


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