Fortescue takes the plunge for Ronald McDonald House

Sep 14, 2018

Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) team members have once again tested their nerves, by going over the edge of Perth’s tallest building in support of sick children and their families. 

Fortescue’s partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities WA (RMH) was established in 2012 and has resulted in employees contributing over A$1 million to the charity through a variety of fundraising activities and major events.  

This year, 25 team members have raised over $140,000 as part of the annual Central Park Plunge, which sees participants abseil 220 metres from the top of Perth’s tallest building.

Fortescue GM Christmas Creek Jim Herring, who took part in this year’s plunge, said family was at the core of Fortescue’s values and this extended to helping families in regional communities.

“With over 500 of our employees living in the Pilbara with their families and so many more residing outside the metropolitan area, Ronald McDonald House is a charity that we are pleased to support,” Mr Herring said.

“Ronald McDonald House looks after regional families in need of assistance, and this reflects the spirit of Fortescue, where we always reach out and help our mates and do the same for the wider community.

“I want to thank the entire Fortescue team for their ongoing support through their participation in the plunge and for all the generous donations.”

RMH Chief Executive Officer Peter King ASM thanked the Fortescue team for helping to keep the doors open to families during their toughest times. 

“Fortescue has been a part of the Ronald McDonald House family for many years now and in the past 12 months, 12 per cent of our families have come from Fortescue’s areas of operation – some staying with us for many months at a time,” he said.