A hole in one for SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY

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THE Nyrstar Hobart zinc smelter at Lutana hit a hole in one for SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY after raising almost $8000 at its annaul Nyrstar Hobart Charity Golf Day earlier this year.

More than 100 employees, suppliers and contractors played, with all funds being raised from playing fees, a raffle and a silent auction going to the Tasmanian-based charity.

Casting department employee Adrian Godfrey paid $250 for a bat signed by D’Arcy Short in the auction and immediately passed it on to SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY so that it could be used for future fundraising.

General manager Reinhardt Viljoen said the smelter was similar to any other workplace, with some employees, contractors and their family members facing challenges with their mental health.

“We already have a free and confidential employee assistance program in place, but we see great value in accessing the expertise and resources of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY via special events and awareness sessions,” he said.

Mr Viljoen said he would like the relationship with the charity to be ongoging.

“We’re told that money raised at the Golf Day will be used to develop a new program for workplaces and community organisations based on the program for schools and sporting clubs, and we’re really pleased to play a small part in enabling others to acess this service,” he said.

“We’ve booked two on-site workshops for our own employees this month following very sucessful sessions held last year and we’re looking forward to supporting the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY Gala Ball in Hobart on 3 August.”

The site will also host an early morning breakfast barbecue for workers to mark R U OK? Day on 12 September in the tradition of last year’s event when $1000 was raised for SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY.

“These events all help us keep the conversation flowing about the need for us to look out for each other and ourselves,” Mr Viljoen said.

Caption: From left, Nyrstar Golf Day organising committee members Paul Rowbottom and Tim McConnnon, general manager Reinhardt Viljoen, James Rice from SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, casting department employee Adrian Godfrey and organiser Phil Brown.

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