GEELONG, Australia — Ford Australia employees helped ensure that those less fortunate didn’t miss out on some festive cheer at Christmas.
The Ford team volunteered to provide support for a St Vincent de Paul Christmas Dinner in Geelong for 180 people.
Ford contributed 147 hours to the event with 68 Ford employees volunteering. Of those, 57 employees volunteered for helping set up the venue and preliminary food preparation while 11 employees volunteered on Christmas Day – serving food and cleaning up. Volunteers were from both Geelong and Broadmeadows plants.
Ford also contributes $800 toward the dinner.
Peter Chiang, event organiser and president of the Geelong Regional Council, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria Inc., said the Christmas Day dinner has been attracting an increasing interest from the local community wanting to help the disadvantaged.
Over the past fourteen years, Geelong Community Christmas Day Dinner has attracted growing community interests. Each year, it has drawn on board ever more kind hearted and generous people from all walks of life to strive for the benefit of fellow citizens who might be disadvantaged or on their own on Christmas Day.
“It has indeed blessed to have the loyal and most generous support from its program partners Ford Motor Company, Alcoa World Alumina Australia and other key sponsors,” Chiang said.
“Many of these employees have been volunteering since commencement of this partnership between Ford, Alcoa and the society. Without this enthusiastic collaboration, the Society would not have been able to coordinate this event, or over so many years with such great outcomes.”