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Hunter groups benefit from Aurizon’s generosity

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Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) and Early Links Inclusion Support Service Inc were among the Hunter beneficiaries of Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund.

Australia’s largest rail-based transport business recently announced the initiative’s recipients, with 31 organisations in the money.

The program provides grants of up to $20,000 to eligible charities across Aurizon’s footprint of operation in the areas of education, community safety, environment and health and wellbeing.

Newcastle Surf Life Saving Club will deliver its Youth Development initiative.

Newcastle SLSC will utilise the funding to deliver its Youth Development course, increasing the accessibility and engagement within lifesaving pathways for young members through scholarships, education pathways, activities and training opportunities.

It aims to help them with outcomes and skills that can assist them through their lives.

Early Links is hoping to facilitate the Ngarralingayil Learning Pathways Program at the Ngarralingayil Barker School in Wollombi.

The multi-disciplinary initiative identifies developmental delays, linking children and families with support.

It will aid Indigenous children to develop skills and confidence to reach their full potential, leading to improved literacy, numeracy, education and life outcomes.  

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support and engage with these regional communities where more than 80% of our employees reside and work,” Aurizon’s managing director and CEO Andrew Harding said.

“Our Community Giving Fund is one of the ways we give back to our communities and make a positive impact on the lives of those who live there.”

The scheme distributes funds bi-annually.

More than 600 charities and not-for-profit groups across Australia have received grants since the fund was established in 2011.

The next round of applications for the Community Giving Fund will open in March.

For further details, visit www.aurizon.com.au/community

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