Rio Tinto donates $5,000 worth of presents to Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Meredith Dixon, Nicole Liedermoy, Justin Francesconi and Captain Mark Schatz. Photo is supplied.
Meredith Dixon, Nicole Liedermoy, Justin Francesconi and Captain Mark Schatz. Photo is supplied.

Rio Tinto has helped to kick start the 2021 Salvation Army Christmas Appeal with a donation of gifts for children and adults valued at $5000.

South West Corporate Events' Nicole Liedermoy donated wrapping paper and undertook the shopping on behalf of Rio Tinto.

Over the next few weeks Salvation Army Captain Mark Schatz will be helping Santa distribute gifts and Christmas foods to around 300 families in Busselton and 500 families in Bunbury.

Captain Mark said he expected to see high demand for donated gifts this year.

"The objective is to help ensure people have a fun and dignified Christmas regardless of their financial position.

"These quality gifts from Rio Tinto will certainly help put a smile on the face of many people on Christmas morning."

Funding for the gifts was accessed through the Rio Tinto Community Giving program which supports projects, programs and initiatives up to $5000.

Rio Tinto community relations manager Justin Francesconi said given the Salvation Army's links with other charitable and organisations, the donation made perfect sense.

"We're very happy to fund these gifts but the real heroes are the volunteers who undertake charitable works not just a Christmas time, but year-round."

If your organisation would like to learn more about Rio Tinto's Community Giving programme call the local office on 9754 4613.

Salvation Army Christmas gifts are allocated to those in genuine need who have registered to participate in the program. Drop into the Salvation Army office on Kent Street to find out more.