Harvest Mass Management Scheme delivers $155,000

Harvest Mass Management Scheme delivers $155,000 to rural communities

Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS)The CBH Group will donate $155,000 to charity through the Harvest Mass Management Scheme (HMMS) for the 2015-16 season.

The HMMS was developed by the CBH Group in conjunction with Main Roads Western Australia and allows trucks that are loaded above their legal tolerance limits the option to forfeit the overloaded tonnes.

Forfeited grain is then sold and the proceeds donated to charities operating in regional WA. This season 495 tonnes of grain was forfeited.

This donation is the second largest made from the HMMS since the scheme began.

The CBH Group Chairman, Wally Newman, credits the scheme’s capability in providing further support to the WA grain growing regions. “The HMMS has been the most effective deterrent to overloading in the history of road transport in WA, while giving back to rural communities at the same time,” he said.

“This year eight organisations were selected because of their work helping rural communities and families.

“This year the money is distributed based on nominations made by CBH growers and employees.

“The charities were chosen because they support the grain growing regions of WA.”

This year, the Harvest Mass Management Scheme will support Ronald McDonald House, St John Ambulance, Camp Kulin, Red Cross, Farmsafe Alliance WA, Paraplegic Benefit Fund, Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades of WA and Breast Cancer Care WA.

CBH Group CEO Dr Andy Crane and Chairman Wally Newman presented the cheques at a ceremony at the CBH Group Head Office on Friday 18 March.

St John Ambulance Community First Responder Manager Sally Simmonds says she is excited that the funds would enable St John to install 15 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and alarmed cabinets at regional grain growing schools.

“In the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, time is of the essence. For every minute that the victim is not defibrillated they lose a 10 per cent chance of life, so after 10 minutes, chances of recovery are virtually nil,” she said.

“Last year a student’s life was saved at Bunbury Catholic College with the use of an AED located on campus.

“It is hoped that they are never needed but should they be the presence of an AED can make a difference between life and death for someone. Having these installed in our schools in regional WA is an excellent initiative and was only possible thanks to vital HMMS funds.”

Since 2012, St John has been able to install 46 AEDs in WA grain growing communities with the use of HMMS funds, which also links them to St John’s Community First Responder program. The program enables community members provide help to a victim of cardiac arrest before an ambulance arrives. The Community First Responder System is operating in 1,180 locations across Western Australia and continues to grow.

To find out more about the Harvest Mass Management SCheme vist the Main Roads website.

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