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Our bright ideas supporting local health
The Point Henry Employee Suggestion Scheme has nominated the Andrew Love Cancer Centre as their chosen charity. As part of the scheme, employees can choose to donate their cash reward to the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.
 
In July 2012, employees from Alcoa’s Point Henry smelter and Anglesea power station generously donated $30,000 to Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre.

The donation comes as a result of Alcoa’s employee suggestion scheme; where employees are rewarded for making good suggestions on how to improve Alcoa’s local operations. Employees who submit successful ideas are recognised by being given the choice of receiving a personal gift voucher or for Alcoa to donate the financial equivalent to a local charity.

Most employees elected to give their voucher to charity during 2011 and 2012, equating to a generous $30,000 lump sum donation. A number of years ago, employees made the decision to support the Andrew Love Cancer Centre through the suggestion scheme because, in the words of Process Engineer Cath McMahon, “I see the generation of ideas to improve our business as part of my core role and this is one way for me to make a small contribution to the local community at the same time.”

Point Henry Smelter Manufacturing Manager Warren Sharp said, “Our smelter may be facing the toughest challenge in the operation’s history, but that has not stopped our employees from keeping the Geelong and Surf Coast communities foremost in their minds.”
Anglesea Power Station Manager Talis Steele added, “As a collective, our employees make up a large portion of the community, so they all know someone who benefits from the high quality care and support that characterises the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.”

Andrew Love Cancer Centre’s Director of Medical Oncology David Ashley said, “We greatly appreciate the amazing support from Alcoa and their employees. This type of community support greatly helps us purchase the cutting edge equipment required to perform the vital research into cancer and related illnesses."

The donation will be put to good use through the purchase of a Chemidoc. This device represents cutting edge technology for molecular imaging and is extremely useful to cancer researchers who need to analyse samples as part of their work. 

For more information on Geelong Hospital Appeal visit  www.barwonhealth.org.au/geelonghospitalappeal 

Alcoans at the 2010 Geelong Hospital Appeal launch

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Point Henry’s Noel Evans and Talis Steele, with Barwon Health Foundation Executive Director Gavin Seidel and young Louie Hehir, the face of the 2010 Geelong Hospital Appeal

Cheque handover

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Talis Steele hands over the cheque to emcee Helene Bender