Aurizon fund helps community groups
■ 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.