Local charities benefit from Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund

Local charities benefit from Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund

National freight company, Aurizon has announced the Hunter Valley recipients for the latest round of its Community Giving Fund.

Three local projects were among 23 recipients in communities across Australia to receive the funding boost.

Managing Director and CEO, Andrew Harding said the Giving Fund enables Aurizon and its people to give back to the local communities in which they live and work.

“All recipients are delivering meaningful projects in their respective communities, and we are delighted to be able to support them in their fantastic efforts through our grants,” Andrew said.

“Demand for many services provided by these organisations continues to grow especially with the additional challenges presented by COVID-19.

“This recent round of assistance will see 23 local projects benefit from the funding in the areas of education, community safety, environment, and health and wellbeing.

“We are delighted to be able to support the important work that these local charities do in our area of operations.”

Andrew said the 23 projects were spread across Aurizon’s national footprint with the majority in regional areas of Australia where more than 85 per cent of Aurizon’s employees live and work.

There were three Hunter Valley winners which included:

  • Sunnyfield – which will receive funding to purchase a SmartBoard (interactive white board) that will be used to deliver their Skills for Life Program to people with an intellectual disability in Maitland. The modules delivered teach participants numeracy, literacy, cooking, and road safety skills.
  • Singleton Neighbourhood Centre– which will receive funding towards providing a series 5-and 10-week self-esteem and self-defence courses for women impacted by or at risk of domestic violence. The course is aimed at assisting them to manage their safety and lifestyle with a focus on situational awareness and basic skills.
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW– which will receive funding towards their Marine Radio Training Courses both for internal and external customers in long range and short-range radios. The project involves building a radio training module fitted out with sample radio equipment for familiarisation and candidate assessment, as well as the purchase of handbooks for both courses.

“Each and every year we get so many worthwhile projects submitted for consideration. I would like to thank each and every one of those community groups for the time and effort they took to apply,” Andrew concluded.

Aurizon’s Community Giving Fund distributes funds bi-annually and provides grants of up to $20,000.

More than 400 charities and not-for-profit groups across Australia have received grants since the Fund was established in 2011.

The next round of applications for the Community Giving Fund will open in September 2021.

IMAGE | Sunnyfield, Skills for Life Program participants – one of the recipients of the latest round of funding.


Aurizon (ASX: AZJ) is Australia’s largest rail freight operator and a top 100 ASX company. Each year, we transport more than 250 million tonnes of Australian commodities — connecting miners, primary producers, and industry with international and domestic markets. We provide our customers with integrated freight and logistics solutions across an extensive national rail and road network, traversing Australia.

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