Tomago Aluminium employees have dug deep, donating a portion of their pay packet, matched by the company, to total $50,000 for farmers doing it tough throughout the drought-stricken Hunter region.
Tomago Aluminium CEO, Matt Howell said the employee-led initiative was the biggest single donation of its kind for the organisation and reflected just how important the cause was to the workforce.
The money will be donated to Australia’s signature drought assistance program, Rural Aid, to be used for the Hunter’s Buy a Bale campaign.
“Our community is very important to us here at Tomago Aluminium,” Matt said.
“So when the communities surrounding Tomago Aluminium are doing it tough, we feel it.
“There are so many people in our workforce that have strong links to Hunter farmers who are doing it tough out there. The initiative is a direct result of our employees seeing what our local farmers are going through and wanting to help.”
The employees initially set their sights on a target of $9,500, which according to Rural Aid buys one semi-trailer load of hay. Matt pledged that the organisation would match the total amount of employee contributions dollar for dollar.
“Within just one week of promotion, over 500 employees donated out of their pay bringing the total amount to $21,000, which far exceeded expectations,” Matt said.
“We extended the campaign another week and managed to bring the total amount contributed by staff and Tomago Aluminium to $50,000, which I am told is a lot of hay bales.”
Rural Aid Co-founder, Tracey Alder, will visit the smelter Monday 3 September to collect the generous donation and enjoy a morning tea with the employees.
The donation would fund the equivalent of nine semi-trailers of hay and feed, plus provide for other vital supplies to go to families on the land.
IMAGE | Tomago CEO Mat Howell, Rural Aid’s Tracey Alder and Tomago employee Brett Walker who was instrumental in starting the staff-led campaign for our farmers.
Tomago Aluminium is the leading manufacturer of aluminium. Since pouring the first metal in 1983 Tomago Aluminium has grown be the most significant Aluminium smelter in Australia and New Zealand.
Tomago has achieved 35 years of success due to the ability of employees to embrace change and keep in front of industry innovations.