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month of service 2009 ranks a winner
Month of Service 2009 was a big success, with thousands of Alcoa volunteers lending a hand to community and not-for-profit organisations. Click through our photo gallery here to see all the action.
Every October is Alcoa’s annual ‘Worldwide Month of Service’ – a time when we encourage employee volunteerism and celebrate our volunteering heroes.
This year, our packed event schedule included, but was certainly not limited to:
- Busy-bees at local schools (around Kwinana & Portland)
- Odd jobs at community sporting clubs (around Anglesea, Wagerup & Willowdale)
- Helping at dog rescue homes (around Kwinana)
- Landscaping around aged care facilities (around Willowdale)
- Tidying the grounds of St John Ambulance locations (around Wagerup)
- Weeding local bushlands of introduced species (in Perth)
- Assisting various organisations to run ‘Seniors Week’ activities (in Perth and Peel region)
- Promoting safety in local schools (around Wagerup, Geelong, Anglesea & Portland)
- Admin duties for charities (in Perth)
- Beach clean-ups (within Peel region)
- Selling charity merchandise in shopping centres (around Peel region)
- Tree planting activities (within Geelong & Peel region)
Participation in our 4th Month of Service increased 12 per cent compared with 2008, with our people taking part in 109 Month of Service activities.
This is what the community and not-for-profit groups had to say about Alcoa volunteers and Month of Service …
“It was a pleasure to be involved in a day that saw a hard-working team of Alcoans, P&C members and our school staff working together to support the staff and students at Safety Bay Primary School as we establish the grounds of the new school. I believe that our most recent volunteering day has forged an ongoing partnership between the Safety Bay Primary School community and Alcoa” – Jennifer Lee, Principal, Safety Bay Primary School, Western Australia.
“With the help of our wonderful volunteers from Alcoa, we’ve made a lot of money for Breast Cancer Research today. I think it’s wonderful what Alcoa is doing with their participation in community service and I think it’s wonderful that you have this service month during October – we wouldn’t have been here today if it were not for the Alcoa volunteers” – Lindsay Mayfield, National Breast Cancer Foundation.
“I‘ve always had a lot of time for Alcoa. It’s wonderful how they all get together, no one stands back – they’ve all got their jobs and they just get right into it. This is a magnificent gardening project and people have been commenting as they’ve been walking past. I’d really personally like to thank the employees from Alcoa, they’ve done a wonderful job. The management should be really proud of their workers” – Chris Sabourne, St John Ambulance, Harvey.
Every year, Alcoa employees in Australia volunteer around 90,000 personal hours to community groups. Volunteering and community engagement are critical aspects of how we do business and integral to how we live alcoa values outside the workplace.
alcoa and “KIDS” celebrate Injury Free Day
Alcoa employees joined local schools recently to support the KIDS Foundation’s Injury Free Day.
Injury Free Day is a national safety awareness campaign promoting the importance of injury prevention at school, work and home. The Alcoa Foundation is a major contributor to the KIDS Foundation’s various community programs.
The importance of Injury Free Day is clearly demonstrated by the fact that every day in Australia 5000 children are injured and 100 children are hospitalised through unintentional injury.
The KIDS Foundation Safety Clubs, which have been set up in primary schools across the country:
- Harvey Primary School (WA)
- Waroona District High School (WA)
- Yarloop Primary School (WA)
- St Anne’s Primary School (WA)
- Bertram Primary School (WA)
- North Parmelia Primary School (WA)
- St Joseph's Catholic Primary School (WA)
- Carcoola Primary School (WA)
- Foundation Christian College (WA)
- Pinjarra Primary School (WA)
- Riverside Primary School (WA)
- Anglesea Primary School (VIC)
- South Geelong Primary School (VIC)
- Portland Primary School (VIC)
- St John’s Primary School (VIC)
The program is based on a team approach with teachers, students and parents working together to create a safer school environment.
Most of the Safety Club schools ran special activities recently, with Alcoa employees from the Wagerup visiting Bunbury Primary School to educate the kids about safety through workplace safety stories that the children could easily relate to.
“It’s rewarding to see programs which really making a difference to students and their communities,” said Wagerup Refinery Manager, Eugenio Azevedo.
Visit the KIDS Foundation website www.kidsfoundation.org.au for more information.
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