CITIC Pacific Mining’s new CEO Chen Zeng met founder of the Clontarf Foundation Gerard Neesham at the company’s head office in Perth this week to celebrate the success of the partnership and its renewal.
CITIC Pacific Mining has partnered with the Clontarf Foundation Karratha and Roebourne Academies for the past four years contributing a significant amount in the Pilbara region.
On Thursday 3 April, Mr Zeng gave Mr Neesham a tour of the CITIC Pacific Mining offices and an overview of the Sino Iron operation, introducing him to the Community Relations team who have developed a close-knit working relationship with the Clontarf Foundation.
As a gift to recognise their long-term community partnership, Mr Zeng presented Mr Neesham with a Chinese scroll inscribed with the company’s values including Fairness, Respect and Courage.
“We enter the fifth year of this partnership with pride for what has been achieved,” Mr Zeng said.
“We take our involvement in the Pilbara Community very seriously, and are proud to support the Clontarf Foundation and their work to improve education in the local community.”
Mr Neesham welcomed the donation and extension of their agreement.
“With CITIC Pacific Mining’s ongoing commitment, we are able to provide at-risk Aboriginal children a better future through the intensive Clontarf program which encourages them to stay in school,” Mr Neesham said.
“We have a strong and supportive relationship with CITIC Pacific Mining, and one that we hope to continue beyond five years.”
Recently a group of Year 11 and 12 students from the Karratha Clontarf Academy took a break from the school books and travelled to CITIC Pacific Mining’s Sino Iron project located south of Karratha.
The students had a tour of the mine site followed by a game of basketball with CITIC Pacific Mining employees.