Wilpinjong workers pitch in for Lifeskills

Wilpinjong Coal general manager Blair Jackson (centre) presents a Red Gum coin to Lifeskills Plus recently. Also pictured are Bruce Walker, Sue Tomkins, Kate Whitehead, Bob Lejeune, Jo Holland, Kellie Smith, Kathy Patrick, Deb Sutcliffe and Narelle Salter. PHOTO: DARREN SNYDER

Wilpinjong Coal general manager Blair Jackson (centre) presents a Red Gum coin to Lifeskills Plus recently. Also pictured are Bruce Walker, Sue Tomkins, Kate Whitehead, Bob Lejeune, Jo Holland, Kellie Smith, Kathy Patrick, Deb Sutcliffe and Narelle Salter. PHOTO: DARREN SNYDER

Peabody Energy and Wilpinjong Coal have provided one of the final links in the chain for Lifeskills Plus moving to its new premises at Oporto Road.

Alongside a hand-crafted 15-year-old Red Gum coin made by Wilpinjong general manager Blair Jackson, the company donated a further $25,000 to Lifeskills Plus recently.

Mr Jackson Wilpinjong employees will also be volunteering at the Lifeskills Plus Car Boot Sale Bonanza and Chain of Coins on Saturday, and encourage all members of the community to support the event.

“We congratulate all of Lifeskills Plus supporters who have joined together to support the critical work of this community organisation,” he said.

“Peabody’s and Wilpinjong’s ongoing and across-the-board support for Lifeskills Plus is demonstrated by a $50,000 contribution to their new premises at Oporto Road, as well as ongoing support for their weekly meat raffles held at the Lawson Park Hotel.”

Lifeskills Plus struck a chord with Wilpinjong employees and families, with Mr Jackson’s wife Mandy sewing coin collection bags for the employees and contractors at Wilpinjong. 

Environment and Community Manager, Kieren Bennett and his daughters, Alesha, Jorja and Monique contributed their pocket money to the Chain of Coins. To date the amount raised in coins is $2000.

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