Mining giant gives local charities a boost

Alexander ScottPilbara News
Christine MacDonald and Amanda Fuery
Camera IconChristine MacDonald and Amanda Fuery

A mining giant has injected hundreds of thousands of dollars to local organisations in the Pilbara as part of their coronavirus community support packages.

Woodside donated $438,000 to nine organisations in the City of Karratha including the The Salvation Army’s Karratha Women's Refuge, to support families in crisis.

Other groups to receive the funding are Mawarnkarra Health Service, Pilbara Legal Service, Yaandina Community Services, and Reach Us—Pilbara.

Yaandina Community Services, Move Your Body Studio, Salvation Army Karratha, Department of Communities, and Move Your Body Studio also received funding.

Woodside announced the creation of its $10 million COVID-19 Community Fund in March to provide support to commonality groups impacted by the pandemic.

Karratha Women's Refuge acting program manager Christine MacDonald said the refuge had continued its commitment to caring for and supporting women and children experiencing family and domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Social distancing, self-isolation requirements, and home schooling have proven challenging for women and children seeking the support of The Salvation Army during these unprecedented times," she said.

"Woodside's timely response and provision of financial support will greatly contribute to easing the burden by providing much needed online education, food and clothing provisions, and quality recreational equipment."

Woodside Karratha corporate affairs manager Kate Gauntlett said local not-for-profit organisations were vital in supporting the ongoing wellbeing of the local community in response to COVID-19.

"Woodside's priority is the health and safety of our people and the Karratha and Roebourne communities where we are fortunate to live and work. One of the important ways we can achieve this is by supporting the grassroots organisations that are assisting us all pull together to get through this challenging period," she said.

"If your organisation is helping people in our community, let us help you through Woodside's COVID-19 Community Fund."

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