EMPLOYEES from Alcoa’s Pinjarra alumina refinery rolled up their sleeves for their annual Month of Recognition volunteering initiative, supporting local not-for-profit organisations around Mandurah and Pinjarra.
Every October since 2008, Alcoa employees substitute their daily duties with activities such as gardening, donating blood and building playgrounds.
Five employees from the Pinjarra refinery volunteered their time to Support our Seniors and Disabled (SOSD) who provide gardening services to elderly and disabled Mandurah residents.
Jesse Kennedy, an SOSD client with mobility issues and partial blindness had been unable to maintain her property since the passing of her husband and her son’s emphysema diagnosis.
Refinery employees Neil Newbolt, Reece Scarlett, Clint Burghall, Kevin Birmingham and Troi Holland were more than happy to lend a hand to remove unwanted plants and weeds from her property.
SOSD general manager Suzanne McLarty said Austin Cove Baptist College was also a beneficiary of volunteer support and now had a new nature play area, thanks to refinery employers.
Volunteers spent more than 30 hours completing the project which included installing large wooden totem poles, fitting ropes and painting.
Their efforts earned the P&C Association a $3000 Alcoa Foundation grant.