Happy to lend a hand

AL­COA WORK­ERS HELP LO­CALS

Mandurah Coastal Times - - LET’S EAT -

EM­PLOY­EES from Al­coa’s Pin­jarra alu­mina re­fin­ery rolled up their sleeves for their an­nual Month of Recog­ni­tion vol­un­teer­ing ini­tia­tive, sup­port­ing lo­cal not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions around Mandurah and Pin­jarra.

Ev­ery Oc­to­ber since 2008, Al­coa em­ploy­ees sub­sti­tute their daily du­ties with ac­tiv­i­ties such as gar­den­ing, do­nat­ing blood and build­ing play­grounds.

Five em­ploy­ees from the Pin­jarra re­fin­ery vol­un­teered their time to Sup­port our Se­niors and Dis­abled (SOSD) who pro­vide gar­den­ing ser­vices to el­derly and dis­abled Mandurah res­i­dents.

Jesse Kennedy, an SOSD client with mo­bil­ity is­sues and par­tial blind­ness, had been un­able to main­tain her prop­erty since the pass­ing of her hus­band and her son’s em­phy­sema di­ag­no­sis.

Re­fin­ery em­ploy­ees Neil New­bolt, Reece Scar­lett, Clint Burghall, Kevin Birm­ing­ham and Troi Hol­land were more than happy to help re­move un­wanted plants and weeds from her prop­erty.

SOSD gen­eral man­ager Suzanne McLarty said Austin Cove Bap­tist Col­lege was also a ben­e­fi­ciary of vol­un­teer sup­port and now had a new na­ture play area, thanks to re­fin­ery em­ploy­ers.

Vol­un­teers spent more than 30 hours com­plet­ing the project which in­cluded in­stalling large wooden totem poles, fit­ting ropes and paint­ing.

Their ef­forts earned the P&C As­so­ci­a­tion a $3000 Al­coa Foun­da­tion grant.

Al­coa em­ploy­ees Neil New­bolt, Reece Scar­lett, Clint Burghall, Kevin Birm­ing­ham and Troi Hol­land with Jesse Kennedy.

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