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Tomago employees dig deep for farmers

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.

Pictured above: Brett Walker (L) who started the conversation about how to help our farmers, with Tracy Alder and CEO, Matt Howell.

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, contributed through an out of pay donation scheme and matched by the company dollar-for-dollar, 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,” Mr Howell 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 $9500 - which according to Rural Aid buys you one semi-trailer load of hay. Mr Howell pledged that the organisation would match the total amount of employee contributions dollar for dollar. “With just one week of promotion, over 500 employees donated out of their pay bringing the total amount to $21,000, which far exceeded expectations,” he 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, Tracy Alder, will visit the smelter Monday, September 3 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.

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