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alcoa volunteers lend a hand at burns survivor camp
A group of Alcoa’s Point Henry and Anglesea employees headed to Brisbane earlier this month to volunteer at a camp for burns survivors.
 
The KIDS Foundation’s annual Camp Phoenix aims to give burns survivors and their families the skills to develop a quality of life beyond survival.  Alcoa has supported Camp Phoenix over the past four years and in that time has donated around $200,000 to the KIDS Foundation’s recovery programs, as well as numerous volunteer hours.
 
Amanda Fangmeier, who works as an apprentice Fitter and Turner at the Point Henry rolled products plant, attended the camp and said: “I admire the strength and courage of the burn survivors and I especially enjoyed seeing the smiles and hearing the laughs of the children.
 
“I loved being a part of the volunteer group helping those burns survivors forget about their worries for a weekend,” she said.
 
For every week that the Point Henry and Anglesea sites remain injury free, Alcoa donates $1600 to the Camp Phoenix event.
 
Chris Doulis, who was hospitalised for four months after playing with a tennis ball doused in methylated spirits when he was 14 years old, now works for the KIDS Foundation and delivers key safety messages to Alcoa employees.
 
Chris said Camp Phoenix was invaluable in his emotional recovery. 
“It’s important that burns survivors receive both treatment in hospital and support when they leave hospital to assist with the rehabilitation process.  Camp Phoenix assists survivors to recover and adjust emotionally and physically in order to move forward in lives,” he said.
 
The 10 Alcoa volunteers who lent a hand at the 2008 Camp Phoenix were chosen in recognition of the positive contribution they made to health and safety in their work areas.

about camp phoenix
Camp Phoenix is the signature event of the KIDS Foundation Burn Survivor Network – the largest in Australia.  Camp Phoenix is a national four-day family camp for Australian burn survivors and their families which aims to provide a safe, fun and supportive environment to develop friendships and connect with individuals facing similar challenges.
 
Through experiences that encourage family participation, the Camp provides opportunities to facilitate communication, understanding, emotional support, the sharing of information and skill development.  Alcoa is the principal partner for the event.

about Together Safety 1st
“Together Safety 1st” is the partnership focus for KIDS Foundation and Alcoa where securing a safe environment and working towards injury prevention are shared core values.  These principles are the enduring basis for a genuine partnership which has shaped the success of both Alcoa’s internal safety drive and KIDS Foundation’s community safety outreach programs initiated in 2005.  The partnership is dedicated to helping childhood injury prevention, supporting burns survivors and improving safety education.

arts for everyone in kwinana
As a gift to our community in Kwinana, Alcoa recently donated a large aluminium sculpture to the Town of Kwinana.
 
As a co-principal sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach, Alcoa purchased the sculpture time frame during this year’s exhibition back in March.  The sculpture is the work of Western Australian artist Derek Roach.
 
The $22,000 sculpture, made of marine grade aluminium, was unveiled in its permanent location on the lawn outside the Town’s Council offices at a ceremony last month.
 
On accepting the sculpture, Town of Kwinana Mayor, Carol Adams, said: “When I first saw this artwork, time frame’ at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition on Cottesloe Beach, it was a clear standout from the rest.”

“Its reference to time is especially valid.  With the Town’s continual impetus on looking forward and creating a bright future, an artwork that represents time and movement is very appropriate,” she said.

“It will be a constant reminder that we need to look to the future and I have no doubt that, for this reason, the time frame artwork will become of significant relevance to our community.”

“Its location here on the Council lawn means that it is accessible to the community, our Council staff and the many visitors that come to our offices,” Mayor Adams said.

“The Town is extremely grateful to Alcoa for giving us this wonderful artwork.”
 
On formally handing over the art-piece, Kwinana Refinery Manager, José Pulpeiro, said: “We live by our core value to make access to the arts a reality for all and that was the motivation behind this donation.”


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Camp Phoenix volunteers



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Point Henry employee Kate Betts with Camp Phoenix attendee Matt



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Town of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams, sculpture artist Derek Roach & Kwinana Refinery Manager Jose Pulpeiro



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The official unveiling of aluminium sculpture, time frame