Supercars, Fishing Boats and Fast Cars

Last year, as a guest at the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ball, Tomago Aluminium chief executive officer Matt Howell became swept-up in the fundraising auction, finding three lots in particular that could be used to generate enthusiasm among TAC’s employees.

The first was a pair of tickets to Newcastle’s inaugural Supercars Championship race weekend, the second was four tickets for a super day in the Royal Randwick Members’ Enclosure and the third was a deep sea fishing charter for 10.

Where did they go? The Supercars tickets were put up as an incentive for the annual TAC Spring Cleaning Day held last October and awarded to those who went above and beyond when it came to cleaning.

The winners were Danny Oakley and Craig Broadbent (Rodded Anode Maintenance) who enjoyed a weekend of motorsport heaven as the Holdens and Fords roared along the shore.

Horsepower of an entirely different kind was enjoyed by Kate Brown (Health and Safety) in June who, for her efforts in the Health Service’s Canteen Renovation competition, won four tickets to Royal Randwick Racecourse, letting her and her friends enjoy racing, great food and a glass of champagne in the Members’ Enclosure.

A January competition putting 10 TAC employees on a private charter boat for a day of deep sea fishing off Port Hacking drew a huge response.

Matt Howell and Greg Kinniard drew the winners’ names from the hat in early February and in June, Travis Hulm, Lee Crick, Justin Hine, Jo Bogie, Simon Bowles, Mitchell Sharpe, Heath Such and Antonie Jacobs got the chance to wet a line and come up with their own tall tales of the ones that got away. They caught 102 fish between them!

We can only hope that Matt Howell gets just as enthusiastic at this year’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ball! 

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