Aur­i­zon fund helps com­mu­nity groups

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ Non-profit and char­ity groups in the Pil­bara with projects based on safety, ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment or health are en­cour­aged to ap­ply for grants of up to $20,000 through Aur­i­zon’s Com­mu­nity Giv­ing Fund.

Aur­i­zon man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lance Hock­ridge said the fund pro­vided a help­ing hand to lo­cal char­i­ties and com­mu­nity groups where the com­pany’s em­ploy­ees and oper­a­tions re­side.

“Through our grants, we have been able to make a real dif­fer­ence for many com­mu­nity groups who are seek­ing to make im­prove­ments to their ser­vices or to get a com­mu­nity pro­ject off the ground,” he said.

A re­cent ben­e­fi­ciary was Ger­ald­ton’s CareF­light, whose grant was used to sup­port the de­liv­ery of their MediSim Vol­un­teer Trauma Care Work­shop for 20 first re­spon­ders to ac­ci­dent scenes.

Co-or­di­na­tor Colin Brown said Aur­i­zon’s Com­mu­nity Giv­ing Fund helped CareF­light take vi­tal trauma care train­ing to first re­spon­ders in Ger­ald­ton at no cost to the par­tic­i­pants or their or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“The MediSim work­shops up­skill these first re­spon­ders in the fast-mov­ing field of trauma care, fill­ing the gap be­tween their first aid abil­ity and the ex­per­tise of paid am­bu­lance paramedics,” he said.

More than 180 com­mu­nity groups across Aus­tralia have re­ceived grants through Aur­i­zon’s Com­mu­nity Giv­ing Fund since its in­cep­tion four years ago.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 23. To ap­ply, visit www. aur­i­zon.com.au/com­mu­nity.

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