Downer EDI will donate $150,000 over three years to the Smith Family to help disadvantaged Australian kids access education and learning programs.
The partnership will help to support the delivery of the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program, and means community programs will stay well-funded.
The Smith Family’s CEO, Dr Lisa O’Brien, said the funding would provide a massive boost for the group’s education programs.
“This long-term, substantial support enables us to plan and manage our community programs in the most efficient way. We’re delighted Downer Mining shares in our vision and has chosen to support us in this way,” O’Brien said.
“Education is key to creating a better future for disadvantaged Australian children and their families, and this new partnership will go a long way towards helping these children break the cycle of disadvantage for good.”
Chief of Downer Mining Services, Peter Newman, said that partnering with a national charity like The Smith Family would enable employees at its 50-plus projects to become involved.
“We’re determined that this partnership will be more than just a monetary donation. Our employees will be encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise through mentoring, hosting work experience programs, and supporting The Smith Family’s annual ‘Back2School Day’ event and Christmas Toy & Book Appeal,” Newman said.
Downer has a stellar track record in getting involved in community funding programs.
The company has installed “Metal for Mobility” bins at its Commodore Coal mine in Queensland, helping to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy League by selling its old scrap metal.