Mile­stone cel­e­brated

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Blood­wood Tree As­so­ci­a­tion has cel­e­brated a 40-year mile­stone of as­sist­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in the Pil­bara.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is known for its long-term com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment, train­ing, and al­co­hol, drug and home­less sup­port ser­vices in Yande­yarra, War­ra­long, Mar­ble Bar and Hed­land.

More than 100 peo­ple packed into the func­tion room at the Walk­a­bout Ho­tel on Satur­day, November 11, to cel­e­brate the longevity of the as­so­ci­a­tion with a meal and live per­for­mance by WA band Yabu.

The event high­lighted the sig­nif­i­cant in­volve­ment and growth of vol­un­teers within the or­gan­i­sa­tion, who have helped the or­gan­i­sa­tion through pe­ri­ods of change in the Pil­bara.

Chris Tur­land and Telfia Cameron were in­ducted as life mem­bers and re­ceived plaques for their achieve­ments along with ex­ist­ing life mem­bers Bob Neville, Doreen Tur­land and Al­fred Barker.

The evening was at­tended by sev­eral com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing Stephen Daw­son MLC, Town of Port Hed­land coun­cil­lors Julie Arif, Ge­orge Dac­cache and Telona Pitt.

Blood­wood Tree chief ex­ec­u­tive Kelly Howlett said the as­so­ci­a­tion had come a long way since its hum­ble beginnings in the late 1970s.

She said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was headed by a team of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, which had grown from two to 28 through­out its his­tory.

“To be pro­vid­ing ser­vices to those in need, those vul­ner­a­ble and dis­ad­van­taged for that length of time, and to be still go­ing in­cred­i­bly strong, is a tremen­dous achieve­ment in the Pil­bara,” she said.

“Start­ing out as a grass­roots or­gan­i­sa­tion, to to­day pro­vid­ing ser­vices to over 600 clients, Blood­wood Tree truly epit­o­mises its or­gan­i­sa­tional value of help­ing our com­mu­nity in many ways.”

Chris Tur­land, Telfia Cameron, Bob Neville, Doreen Tur­land and Al­fred Barker were pre­sented with life­time mem­ber­ship achieve­ment plaques at Blood­wood Tree’s 40th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

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