JCB CEA to Support Perth School Bushfire Appeal
Mrs Tina Campbell (Head of Boarding at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School), Indiana Scanlon (House Captain), Renay van der Meulen (JCB CEA State Manager for WA), Robyn Fairbairn (Head Girl) and Mrs Lynne Thomson (Principal).
JCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA) has matched dollar for dollar funds raised by a Perth boarding school to support the Esperance region in Western Australia, which is reeling after recent bushfires claimed four lives.
St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School raised $28,000 during the first week of December and that figure was matched by JCB CEA and its local dealership, Staines Esperance.
In addition, JCB CEA staff nationwide raised more than $7,000, and this figure was also matched by the company. Last week a cheque for $43,300 was handed over to the Principal of St Mary’s, Lynn Thompson, by JCB CEA State Manager for WA, Renay van der Meulen.
Hylton Taylor, Executive General Manager of JCB CEA, said that his team not only in Western Australia, but all his staff were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic events.
“We hope that by matching the funds raised by St Mary’s and our generous staff we can play some small part in supporting these devastated families and helping the region rebuild,” he said.
One of those killed in the fires was Esperance farmer Kym Curnow, a respected member of the boarding parent community at St Mary’s and a long-time customer of JCB dealer, Staines Esperance. He lost his life helping to save others.
“Kim Curnow was a respected member of the Esperance community. Our hearts go out to his loved ones, and the loved ones of the other three people lost in these dreadful fires. It is a terrible tragedy,” Mr Taylor said.
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