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Mining company gets into the spirit of Christmas

Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020

Lifeline Finance Manager and Christmas Toy Hamper organiser Kylie Dines, Tronox Business Support administrator Michelle Southon and Tronox Senior Production Coordinator scheduler Linton Smith gathered around a bundle of bikes and outdoor equipment supplied by Tronox that will be donated along with other local donations to children in need this Christmas. PICTURE: Myles Burt Lifeline Finance Manager and Christmas Toy Hamper organiser Kylie Dines, Tronox Business Support administrator Michelle Southon and Tronox Senior Production Coordinator scheduler Linton Smith gathered around a bundle of bikes and outdoor equipment supplied by Tronox that will be donated along with other local donations to children in need this Christmas. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Tronox has generously donated a variety of bikes and other outdoor equipment for Lifeline’s annual Christmas toy hampers. 

Lifeline Finance Manager Kylie Dines who organises the annual toy hampers said that this year has been difficult, since the annual Ulysses Toy Run was not able to be held due to COVID measures. 

However, Ms Dines said generous individuals and organisations such as Tronox have pulled it through for Broken Hill Lifeline this year.  

“It’s been the donations that have helped us and pushed us through this year, otherwise we would’ve been pretty much stuffed,” Ms Dines said.

Ms Dines said the toy hampers will be delivered to financially struggling families, to make sure kids receive something on Christmas Day.

“You don’t want some kids sitting there on Christmas Day thinking Santa didn’t visit them,” Ms Dines said.

“So that’s why we do it, it’s not about the parents it’s about the kids.”

Tronox Senior Production Coordinator scheduler Linton Smith said they’ve been giving to Lifeline for years, but found that a lot of gifts were mainly for younger children. 

Mr Smith said after speaking with Lifeline, they recognised a gap with older children and bought 10 bikes and other equipment to cater to that demographic.

“Tronox likes to support the outdoor recreation activities, so we’ve got the basketball hoops, basketballs, soccer balls and also the push bikes,” Mr Smith said.

“So kids in Broken Hill can still enjoy riding a bike.”

Ms Dines said locals can still donate to Lifeline for the toy hampers, and will be taking in registrations up to the day of delivery being Tuesday 22nd. 

Mr Smith said he’d like to wish locals a Merry Christmas on behalf of Tronox, with Ms Dines thoroughly appreciating the community support and donations that have been provided this year.

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