AN ANIMAL welfare organisation and emergency services are among entities to receive grant money from the Pilbara Ports Authority.

The recipients are Saving Animals From Euthanasia and the Royal Flying Doctor Services in Port Hedland and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Volunteer State Emergency Service in Karratha.

They will each receive $5000 for resources and equipment.

The grants are part of PPA’s yearly Staff Community Grant, where staff can nominate a charity or not-for-profit organisation that supports local communities.

“Most of our staff live in the Pilbara and the grant gives them an opportunity to support organisations that are doing good work in local communities,” Pilbara Ports chief executive Roger Johnston said.

The grant recipients will use the money to address community needs across the Pilbara.

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RFDS western operations chief executive Rebecca Tomkinson said community and industry thriving, delivery of emergency and primary health care services was “needed more than ever”.

“We provide a ‘mantle of safety’ for people living, working and travelling across the region,” Ms Tomkinson said.

Karratha Volunteer SES local manager Trevor Patten said their money would go towards computers.

“We’ll use the funds to upgrade the laptops in our critical emergency operations centre,” Mr Patten said. “Our current laptops are about eight years old and don’t have the memory to support our plans to do video links in the future.”

SAFE Hedland Volunteer Dog Adoption case manager Kirsty Jerrard said the grant would enable them to fund vet bills and obtain promotional and fundraising materials.

Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service secretary, Peter Morgan, said part of the grant would be used to improve the social area in the fire station to help promote team building. PPA supports locally-based not-for-profit organisations or groups seeking financial help and encourages the community to apply via its website – www.pilbaraports.com.au

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