The 7thAnnual Gunnedah Mining and Suppliers Charity Bowls Day was held on 2 August 2015 with a team from Shenhua Watermark representing the Company.
The primary objective of the Charity Day is to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, which helps to ensure that no one will ever have to pay to be assisted by the Service in the unfortunate event of an accident. It provides a vital lifeline for many who live and work in regional communities, particularly the mining industry, in times of medical emergencies.
Over 120 players, community members and guests attended the Bowls Day which gave everyone the opportunity to network with coal industry personnel in a social environment. In 2013 Shenhua attended the Charity Bowls Day for the first time and were the proud winners knocking the Whitehaven team out of the final. This year saw the Shenhua team win two out of three games but they were unsuccessful in their bid to regain the trophy which went to the team from Whitehaven Maules Creek.
Richard Jones, CEO Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, thanked all the companies for their continued support and said they are currently preparing for the commencement of the new Northern NSW Aeromedical Retrieval contract with NSW Health. The service is now operating 24/7 with a day and night aircrew, and a doctor and paramedic, which is huge boost to all members of the community.
NSW Ambulance recent statistics have shown that most call-outs for the Service involved farm related accidents on quad bikes, and horse riding, with the mining industry being the biggest contributor to the organisation with donations of $1.6m per year.
Shenhua is proud of its continued commitment to support the day, and also by a donation of items to the Auction which helped contribute to the $32,000 raised at the event, or the equivalent of saving 10 lives.
The Shenhua Watermark Coal Charity Bowls team: Mark Howes, Trish Easey, Debbie Watson, Sylvia Zhou, Frank Wu and Larry Luo.