Five Upper Hunter charities have shared in $32,500 because of the coal hauled by Hunter Valley Operations’ (HVO) mining trucks.
Representatives from Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS), Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance, Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation, Type 1 Foundation and Singleton Family Support received their donations from HVO general manager Dave Foster at a presentation this week.
“We chose these five because of the positive difference they make to our local community,” he said.
“This is the first of annual donations they’ll receive based on the haulage of the trucks.
“The initiative’s also about building partnerships with the charities and raising community and staff awareness about the services they provide.
“We’ve offered support to some of them before through our workplace giving and community grants programs as well as other fundraising and donations.
“Our 21-year-old workplace giving partnership with the WRHS has provided more than $1.1 million to help the service save lives of Upper Hunter people.
“Our charity truck collaborations are another way we can give back to our community, that aligns with our values – think sharp, dig in and care.
“Charity and community support is one part of how we assist our local region.
“Our direct socio-economic contribution in 2022 was almost $1.5 billion.”
The five trucks each weigh 521 tonne and have a payload capacity of 304 tonne.
They are part of a new fleet of mining equipment that is more fuel efficient, has a larger capacity, are quieter and provide better operator amenity.
“Modern equipment reduces our noise impacts and fuel use, which is good news for the operation, our people, the broader community and the environment,” Mr Foster said.
Singleton Family Support project officer Diana Deaves said the funding from HVO helped to raise awareness of and to deliver services to really fulfill the needs of local families.
“Hunter Valley Operations does a lot for the Singleton community and without their help we wouldn’t be able to help the community,” she explained.
“We work with a lot of families in the town, including some who are going through extremely difficult times.
“This funding is particularly helpful in continuing our parenting programs and wellbeing programs for local clients.
“At the end of the day, it’s a really important partnership.
“HVO has supported Singleton Family Support Service on numerous occasions.
“We are proud of the work we do… and it is very exciting to see our service’s logo on a HVO mining truck.”
Hunter Prostate Cancer Alliance CEO Alex Sovechles agreed.
“The funding and partnership with HVO are incredibly important in helping to get the message out to men in the Hunter to check in with their GP about early detection of prostate cancer,” he said.
“The money will allow us to continue to raise awareness about prostate cancer and continue our free counselling service for men and their families impacted by a prostate cancer diagnosis.”
Representatives from Hunter Business, Singleton Business Chamber and Muswellbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell and Hunter MP Dan Repacholi at the presentation.
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