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alcoa foundation working to keep kids injury free
Kids Foundation’s recent Injury Free Day once again put the spotlight on child safety awareness and injury prevention – thanks, in part, to support from the Alcoa Foundation.

Each day in Australia, around 5000 children are injured and 100 are hospitalised as the result of accidents. The KIDS Foundation/ Alcoa Foundation partnership has been running since 2004. Together we have a goal of creating a safer community.  KIDS Foundation is a not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to childhood injury prevention and injury recovery.  Our partnership builds on Alcoa’s existing internal commitment to safety and safe-work practices.

The annual Injury Free Day (IF Day) is part of a national safety awareness campaign promoting the importance of injury prevention awareness in schools, the workplace, at home and in the community. 

This year several schools around Alcoa’s operations took part in IF Day, including Anglesea Primary School in Victoria.

KIDS Foundation Founder, Susie O’Neill, said IF Day is a great opportunity to get the whole school community involved in safety awareness.

“We encourage Injury Free Day to be both educational and fun.  It is a day that empowers children and the rest of the community to think safe, play safe,” Susie said.

Alcoa Anglesea Power Station’s Occupational Health and Safety Consultant, Phil Smith, worked with Anglesea Primary School students on the day.

“I work with the children to teach them about risk assessments because in being more aware of risk, and learning to take some time to assess risk, I believe children can play more safely and reduce the likelihood of injuring themselves and others," Phil said.

Alcoa Foundation’s support of IF Day enabled more than 500 schools around the country to get involved. 

IF Day 2010 was part of National Safe Work Australia Week.

our pay-roll donation scheme still going strong
Through our long-running pay-roll donation scheme in Western Australia, Alcoa employees recently donated $18,000 to support rural leukaemia patients and youth in crisis.

Since 1979, our successful pay-roll donation scheme in WA has been helping tens of thousands of disadvantaged people, community groups and health care organisations in the regions where Alcoa operates.

The money donated by employees in Western Australia goes into PEACH, which stands for Personnel Employed at Alcoa Charity Help.

PEACH is a trust fund and was an initiative of a group of employees from the Pinjarra Refinery.

The Leukaemia Foundation WA received $12,000 to be invested in furnishing its new accommodation unit in Bassendean. The new accommodation unit will be a ‘home away from home’ for rural families undergoing treatment.

Alcoa employee and PEACH member, Jo Vergone, said it was felt by all PEACH administrators that the Leukaemia Foundation project was a worthy recipient.

“It is very important to have accommodation such as this for people who come from regional areas. Without this type of help, many families would not be able to stay together in time of challenge and this is exactly the time when family support means so much. It also relieves the financial burden slightly for families,” she said.

Calvary Youth Services provides safe and secure accommodation and food/ meals for young people in crisis. The PEACH donation has enabled Calvary to purchase new linen for its rooms, new items for the kitchen and an industrial washing machine to replace a washer that a PEACH donation purchased for the organisation 15 years ago.

Since PEACH was established it has distributed more than $2.5 million to over 250 charity and community organisations. About 1000 Alcoa employees are regular contributors to PEACH.

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Phil Smith from Alcoa Anglesea with Anglesea students Bailey Less and Noah Collins

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Anglesea Primary School students made first aid kits as part of Injury Free Day, supported by the Alcoa Foundation

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