Aurizon giving back to the communities where it operates
Local charities to benefit from the latest round of Community Giving Fund
Aurizon, the largest rail-based transport business in Australia,is delighted to announce the successful recipients in the latest round of its Community Giving Fund.
Managing Director & CEO Andrew Harding said this current round of assistance will see 21 local projects, spread across the Company’s national footprint, benefit from funding in the areas of education, community safety, environment, and health and wellbeing.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging with the local community, our Community Giving Fund is one way of being able to give back to the communities in our area of operations,” he said.
“As demand for many of the services provided by these groups continues to grow, it is pleasing that this financial assistance will support the important work that these local charities deliver to the communities where more than 80% of our employees live and work.
“In New South Wales for example, the Starlight Express Room, a bright, medical-free zone at John Hunter Hospital, will use the funding for running the daily activities program, based on fun and play supporting the wellbeing of seriously ill children.
“In Western Australia, The Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health Limited will utilise the funding to provide Indigenous-authored books to young people in need. The educational books will be delivered to selected schools, Aboriginal organisations, and community groups, curated from more than 500 titles.
“In Queensland, Rural Medical Education Australia Ltd based in Toowoomba provides allied health assistance training to students who then return home with the skills to implement in their rural locations. They will use the funding to purchase items such as therabands, patslides, wheelchairs, hoists, slings and other items, allowing the allied health professionals to deliver a high standard of training to these students.
“The standard of applications continues to grow every year, with so many worthwhile projects submitted for consideration. I would like to thank each and every one of those community groups for the time and effort they took to apply.”
A list of the latest Community Giving Fund recipients and their projects are detailed here.
(Pictured: Aurizon Community Giving Fund recipient the Starlight Express Room - John Hunter Hospital, Hunter Valley, NSW.)
Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund distributes funds bi-annually and provides grants of up to $20,000. More than 500 charities and not-for-profit groups across Australia have received grants since the Fund was established in 2011.
The next round of applications for the Community Giving Fund will open in September 2022.