The Community Fund addresses needs throughout Central Queensland in areas such as health and human services, education, basic needs, the elderly and our youth. Recipients are primarily non-for-profit organisations and those servicing individuals at risk (in particular victims of domestic violence).
The Community Fund financed the set up and pays for the ongoing operating costs of The Coal Train House in Rockhampton (where people needing medical care stay at no cost). The Fund also makes regular donations to the following organisations; UNICEF, Leukaemia Foundation, Movember, White Ribbon, Destiny Rescue, UNHCR, SIDS, Returned Servicemen’s League, Fred Hollows Foundation, AngliCare, UnitingCare, Legacy, Cancer Council Australia and a large number of individuals who require assistance due to challenging personal circumstances. The fund also sponsors numerous Community Events (eg the Special Children’s Christmas Party) and for many years we have donated approximately 60 Christmas gift bags annually for Foster Children throughout Central Queensland.
We recently launched the Coal Train Scholarship Fund, an initiative of the Coal Train/Undamine Industries Community Fund. The Scholarship Fund provides funds for clubs to sponsor individuals to join their club at no cost. With an average sign on fee of $100/child, this fund will cover the fees of up to 500 children in CQ. We are also asking the Clubs to work in partnership with Coal Train to ensure inclusiveness and further assistance where necessary. We want every child to be able to play sports, be a member of a team or club and be welcomed by that community. And the people of Central Queensland have stepped up, the response has been incredible.
The Fund also gives individual Sponsorships, for example a Yeppoon High School Student who competed in the National titles for track and field. We work closely with AngliCare and Uniting Care to help us let people who are doing it tough know we are here to help. These partnership recently resulted in the individual sponsorship of one young foster child as he chases his dream of attaining his Bronze Medallion and participating in the Disability Commonwealth Games.
In addition to supporting charities financially, Coal Train CEO Karla McPhail strongly fosters corporate responsibility amongst her workforce. Leading by example, Karla is a tireless volunteer at many community events, often MCs fundraisers, acts as an auctioneer, speaks at schools and at forums such as the Queensland Mining Expo: Women in Mining panel and Mining Women Support Group evenings. Karla also encourages non-profit organisations to use the Coal Train facility at no cost.