Fund gives recog­ni­tion

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RIO Tinto took the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of the Rio Tinto Com­mu­nity Fund ini­tia­tive at an end of year func­tion at the Gladstone Art Gallery and Mu­seum on Thurs­day night.

The evening cham­pi­oned the suc­cess of the two pro­grams un­der the fund, Here for

Busi­ness and Here for Health.

The pro­grams were launched to pro­vide a help­ing hand to small busi­ness and to help tackle health­care is­sues to en­sure qual­ity and longevity.

Chair of the Rio Tinto Com­mu­nity Fund and gen­eral man­ager of Queens­land Alu­mina Lim­ited said the ini­tia­tives helped build knowl­edge and of­fer as­sis­tance at a grass­roots level.

“There’s a lot of small busi­nesses out there that need a help­ing hand,” he said.

“They don’t nec­es­sar­ily need money, they need to know what to do.

“We think the best way we can help the com­mu­nity is by hav­ing busi­nesses that are thriv­ing, know how to grow so that they can cre­ate em­ploy­ment for them­selves.”

The evening was seen as an op­por­tu­nity for Gladstone’s in­dus­try part­ners to cel­e­brate the busi­ness com­mu­nity’s suc­cess. “It’s to recog­nise the peo­ple who have con­trib­uted so much,” Mr Dun­stan said.

“What we do is we bring peo­ple to­gether but its ac­tu­ally the com­mu­nity mem­bers them­selves that we’re cel­e­brat­ing.

“It’s not Rio Tinto’s achieve­ment, it’s the achieve­ment of the peo­ple who are par­tic­i­pat­ing and you can see that en­ergy and pas­sion.”

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DUE RECOG­NI­TION: Richard John­son per­forms the wel­come to coun­try at the Rio Tinto Com­mu­nity Fund end of year func­tion at the Gladstone Re­gional Art Gallery and Mu­seum.

Lo­ral Jack­son, Julie-anne Wil­son and Fran Ross­berg.

Alana McMullen and Sharna Lote-Crille­sen.

Joe Rea, Mark Gil­more and Mike Dun­stan.

Court­ney Mar­shall, Danielle Har­ri­son, Mandy Rankin and Jess Ksi­azek.

Ju­vinyl per­formed at the com­mu­nity event.

Paul Char­alam­bous, Lynn Lapham and Grant Cooper.

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