Vehicle donation makes Telethon Kids more mobile

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Researchers from Telethon Kids Kimberley will now be able to travel far and wide after one of Australia’s biggest transport companies donated a four-wheel drive vehicle recently.

Representatives from Centurion met with Telethon Kids Kimberley, which is based in Broome, to celebrate the handing over of the 4WD at Goolarri Media on June 28.

Among those in attendance was Brandon Rose, a member of Centurion’s Youth and Indigenous Program, and a driving force behind fundraising for the vehicle.

Mr Rose auctioned off to his colleagues the opportunity to shave his hair and held quiz nights, raffles and a barbecue in order to raise funds.

He raised $15,000, which Centurion matched in order to donate the vehicle.

“It’s great to see Telethon Kids active in the Kimberley region,” Mr Rose said.

“I know first-hand some of the difficulties faced by communities up here and this vehicle will help improve the lives of kids in the region in the long run.”

Telethon Kids Kimberley co-ordinator John Jacky said this donation would be “hugely beneficial” for the organisation.

“I can’t thank Centurion enough for supporting us by making this donation,” he said. “It sure will make our job a whole lot easier and allows us to access more remote areas for our researchers to do their work properly.

“Centurion has initiated something that is going to benefit the entire Kimberley region, so I look forward to a longstanding relationship with them in the future.”

Centurion chief executive Justin Cardaci said the support for Telethon Kids Kimberley had been right through the business. “We’re a company that has been built on servicing regional West Australia,” he said. “I’m proud to see our employees get behind this cause and make a tangible difference in the community.”

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