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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2017
Workplace Giving Sizzling 600 at Tomago Aluminium How to get involved One of the new AgustaWestland AW139s was guest of honour at a Tomago Aluminium barbecue to recognise the efforts of staff in a “$2 challenge” to raise funds for the Service. AWU Senior Site Delegate Wayne Pringle was the driving force behind the payroll giving scheme recruitment drive. At the time of the barbecue, 27 June, Wayne’s aim was to have at least 600 employees sign up to give $2 per week. “T hat’s the challenge,” Wayne said. But it didn’t prove a challenge at all. There are currently 605 participants at a giving average of $2.10 each per week, up from $1.80 each per week. The total number joining as part of the June drive was 247 and the total contribution from employees is more than $66,000 for the year. The Service’s CEO Richard Jones described the effort as extraordinary. “T he AWU has been a great contributor for a long time,” said Richard. “We are so thankful for its support and I acknowledge the effort of Wayne Pringle and his latest campaign. It’s wonderful to be exposed to Tomago again.” After the AW139 landed the gathered workers looked it over and took advantage of a photo opportunity. “Hopefully this is the only time you get to see the chopper,” said Richard. Wayne first became involved in the Workplace Giving program about 14 years ago, and he noticed over time the numbers of those donating Did you know that donating just a few dollars from your pay each week helps to ensure no one will ever pay to be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service? Workplace Giving Programs are an important and valued way our community contributes. Well known and championed by our mates in mining and unions, payroll contributions of just a couple of dollars each week are made by people working in local councils, health, media, manufacturing, business services and small business, to name just a few. Signing up to the Rescue Helicopter Workplace Giving program means that each time you’re paid by your employer a nominated amount is automatically made as a tax-deductible donation to the Service. To get involved in this program the first step is to contact a Community Liaison Officer (CLO) in your region. 01/ Your CLO will come out and speak with your employees about the program. 02 / An employee signs up to the program by completing a simple form and nominating the regular payroll deduction amount. 03 / The form goes to the payroll department where the nominated amount is deducted from the employee’s weekly, monthly or fortnightly pay. 04 / At the end of the financial year, employees are able to claim a tax deduction for the total amount donated. Barry Walton 0428 846 720 Hunter Region Michael Wilson 0415 452 263 New England North West John Bancroft 0458 668 999 Northern Rivers, Tweed, Tenterfield Shannon Stanton 0438 449 444 Central Coast Richard McGovern 0418 476 873 Mid North Coast Jane Wayland 0473 622 326 Coffs Coast, Clarence Adam Tyrrell 0477 225 573 Hunter Region dwindled. In June 2015 he initiated a fundraising drive, signing up 150 workers to take the then total to 420. This year he decided the time was ripe again for a one-month June campaign with an aim of cracking 600. Great effort. Tomago’s Wayne Pringle rallies support for the Service’s Workplace Giving Program 18 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2017
Rescue Winter 2017