Would you give $2 from your pay each week to save a life? The workers at JBS Australia’s Townsville plant do and they want you to join them.
Townsville Hospital Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins with JBS Australia’s Kim Henaway.
For 25 years, staff at JBS Australia’s Townsville plant have been donating money from their weekly wages to support the Townsville Hospital Foundation. With more than 450 staff registered as ‘Salary Saints’ this makes the meatworks the Foundation’s biggest salary sacrificers outside of Hospital staff when the plant is operational.
“Since starting with the Townsville Hospital Foundation, I’ve been amazed by the generosity of local businesses such as JBS and Glencore, who rally their staff together and salary sacrifice to The Townsville Hospital,” says Judy Higgins, General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation.
“The donations are tax-deductible and the staff choose to donate whatever sum of money from their pay every week they can afford. Their donations have helped us purchase life-saving equipment for the Emergency Department and contributed to the Children’s Ward Redevelopment when that became our Foundation’s focus project. We are so appreciative of JBS’ support.”
The decision to donate was made collectively by JBS staff via their Consultive Committee, which is headed up by employees Dustin Barath as president and Barry Martin as secretary.
“I’ve been here 24 years and JBS started donating to the Foundation not long before I got here,” says Barry. “I know a lot people here who’ve had their children staying at the Hospital so it feels good that our donations have come full circle to help them out. What’s $2 a week out of your pay? You can’t even get a can of soft drink for that much now.”
“Everyone agreed that we want to donate to the Foundation because we know the money stays local to help our community.”
JBS HR Manager Kim Henaway says that supporting the Townsville Hospital Foundation by becoming a Salary Saint increases the chances our children get to remain here for treatment rather than having to be transported down south.
“It’s so important for us to support families in this way and not only Townsville families but the rural and remote families who rely on Townsville as their city base,” she says.
“We’ve got to think about the wide geographical area this hospital covers. It’s not just Townsville and the local community it’s the broader Queensland remote and isolated communities that don’t have a hospital. The extra beds here in the redeveloped Children’s Ward means not as many families have to travel to Brisbane for treatment.”
But it’s not only businesses that can become ‘Saints’ – any individual wishing to set up regular salary payments to the Townsville Hospital Foundation can do so and this support allows the Foundation to continue its important work. From big-ticket items like life-saving equipment and breakthrough medical research to everyday comforts like entertainment and distractionary tools for patients, the Townsville Hospital Foundation is focused on making a difference… and they couldn’t do it without the donations of their ‘Salary Saints’.
To become a Salary Saint, call the Townsville Hospital Foundation on
4433 1337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.