Bravo! recognises individual Alcoa employees’ who volunteer 50 hours of personal time, in one year, to a not-for-profit, community or non-governmental organisation. Every Alcoa employee in Australia is entitled to one Bravo! grant of US$250, to donate to their chosen community organisation.
Through initiatives like Bravo!, additional resources are made available to communities, and it allows Alcoa employees to personally identify areas of the community which they feel need support.
Bravo! Heroes Shawn Wenn & Vonny Leeson
For several years now, the Port Bouvard Surf Lifesaving Club at Pyramid Beach in Western Australia has received assistance from Alcoa employees Shawn Wenn and Vonny Leeson.
Shawn Wenn, of our Wagerup Refinery, volunteers with the Dawesville Ducks Swimming club. Shawn spends some of his spare time teaching children about water safety, surf awareness, teamwork and surf sports competition.
“I enjoy the opportunity to help and encourage kids. It’s rewarding watching children that could not swim before, joining the club and become confident in the water,” Shawn said.
Shawn received a Bravo! grant form the Alcoa Foundation in 2009 which has been put towards new surf life saving equipment.
Vonny Lesson, based at Alcoa’s Peel Regional Office in Pinjarra, said she joined as a volunteer due to the club’s family-friendly atmosphere.
“Lifesavers are as Aussie as Vegemite and form an integral part of the wonderful outdoor life fostered by many of us. Supporting such an iconic organisation and promoting a safe outdoor lifestyle, in a family environment, is a cause worth helping.”
Vonny assists with the training of juniors on a Sunday morning which includes flag races, water awareness and first aid.
“Our children spend lots of time at the beach and in water and it’s great for them to learn about the ocean, rips and general water safety.”
She now also helps the Club’s committee with fund raising activities, registration and administration.
“To see the development of leadership skills in youth, and see children as young as five feeling confident and enjoying themselves in a safe water environment is really positive,” Vonny said.
Bravo! Hero Ken Hose
Point Henry’s Ken Hose is Vice President of the Murgheboluc Hall Reserve Committee, the group that manages the Murgheboluc Hall and surrounds.
Ken has received more than four Bravo! grants for this volunteer organisation.
He says he volunteers because that’s what locals do - give back to the community they live in.
“We are the booking agents for the hall, which is hired out to the community and there are a number of groups who use it regularly,” Ken said.
“It’s also available for family functions. We also manage the upkeep of the oval – which is used by the Teesdale Cricket Club – and a wetland area behind the oval.”
Ken has worked to improve this area to make it more accessible for camping and other recreational purposes.
For more information about Bravo! contact:
National Partnerships Manager
0404 800 110