BESIX Watpac will inject more than $56,000 into the Geelong community this year as part of its commitment to the region and local construction projects.
BESIX Watpac General Manager for Victoria and South Australia Simon Ballard said, to date, more than eight organisations were recipients of donations from the BESIX Watpac Community Fund and staff had also donated goods and time to charitable drives for Geelong Mums, GenU, Ladder and the Koori Aspirations and Career Day.
“We are supporting a variety of important causes through our BESIX Watpac Community Fund to improve literacy support for young people, provide education and employment pathways, and supporting Indigenous and local community health and wellbeing services in the G21 region.
“We’re also engaging with the community at the grass roots level, working with them to deliver community events and activities while facilitating educational project tours, fundraising and fostering that community spirit through volunteering.”
Kardinia Park Stadium Trust CEO Gerard Griffin today joined BESIX Watpac who hosted a special ceremony to recognise and distribute more than $56,990 in donations to the local charities and programs including;
Wathaurong Aboriginal Coop – Servicing the needs of the Aboriginal community, including supporting career pathways events and the creation of a local Men’s AFL team, the Dijilang Warriors.
Barwon Health Foundation – Project North appeal to improve dental oral hygiene and relocate a dental unit servicing Norlane, Corio and Whittington.
Ladder – A Mentoring Program for young people to connect with mentors such as AFL players, business and community leaders.
genU – A profit-for-purpose community to help vulnerable people reach their potential and provide disability, aged care, business and community services and NDIS coordination and assistance.
Geelong Mums – A non-profit organisation supporting families in need by recycling and rehoming nursery equipment including cots, prams, and car seats, as well as clothes and other baby essentials.
Geelong Cricket Club Women’s Program – Supporting women’s participation in cricket with a Women’s program and teams in 2022-24.
Read the Play – Working in collaboration with local sporting organisations to deliver a Mental Health Literacy program that empowers young people (under 18) to take control of their mental health and well-being
Mark West Foundation – Providing financial assistance and scholarships to financial disadvantaged children to enable them to play Australian Rules football.
Barwon Health Foundation Executive Director Zoe Waters said the donation will help reach the initial Project North appeal goal of raising $2.5 million to support healthier futures for those living in the 3212, 3213, 3214 and 3215 postcodes.
“We’re incredibly grateful to receive $10,000 from the BESIX Watpac Community Fund and are delighted to have BESIX Watpac join our philanthropic community as a Project North Founding Partner. We thank them for sharing our vision for a healthy, happy, more equal Greater Geelong,” Ms Waters said.