The Roy Hill Community Foundation has won the Community Interaction Award at the 2018 Australian Mining Prospect Awards from a strong field of national finalists.
The win recognises the fantastic work delivered over the last 12 months by the Roy Hill Community Foundation (RHCF) – a collaborative social investment program involving the companies engaged in the Roy Hill mining operation working together to make a lasting difference in Pilbara communities.
One of the RHCF initiatives highlighted at the Awards was the Pilbara Mentors program, created in partnership with the Port Hedland community and delivered by EdConnect Australia to ensure young people have the skills, capacity and capability to succeed.
Pilbara Mentors is helping to meet an increasing demand from teachers for help to support vulnerable young people at risk of disengaging from education. Mentors are screened and trained volunteers from the local community, local organisations and fly-in-fly out workers.
“Pilbara Mentors program is unique in that it provides tailored support, and offers a framework for young people who might otherwise struggle to realise their full potential” said Chairman of the Roy Hill Community Foundation Management Committee and Roy Hill CEO, Barry Fitzgerald.
Port Hedland has embraced the program with volunteers providing over 600 hours of mentoring at Hedland Senior High School, Baler and St Cecelia’s primary schools in Port Hedland, with the aim to expand the initiative in 2019.
Another RHCF project achieving significant results in Australia and globally is Pilbara Faces – a world-class Western Australian health research project that is unlocking rare disease diagnosis for Aboriginal children.
Congratulations to all the Foundation Partners and projects achieving amazing outcomes together in the Pilbara!