L&F Transfers’ remarkable growth over the past few years – both as a leading provider of transport services and a committed member of the community – will be the driving force behind a special day of celebrations at Charters Towers this month.
The occasion will mark the end of the first year of L&F’s fundraising in the fight against children’s cancer, which each year strikes 600 Australian youngsters and claims one in six of the lives of those affected.
A focus of the day will be the presentation by L&F chief executive Lindsey Ward of around $20,000 to the Australian Lions’ Children’s Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF). The foundation, of which L&F Transfers has become the first corporate supporter, finances research efforts both in Australia and overseas aimed at boosting survival rates among children affected by all types of cancer.
The L&F depot in Charters Towers will be the venue for the presentation and associated festivities, which will take place on Sunday, October 11. The depot is also marking its first anniversary in the city and an open invitation has been extended to all interested community members to come along, take a look around and be part of a range of activities on the day.
L&F will showcase the development of various operations conducted under its banner, including Mine Transfers, Gas Transfers and Charters.
It will also introduce the most recent addition to the L&F stable – L&F Tourism – which offers top-quality tourist experiences using the company’s luxury Volvo coaches – giving sightseers a travelling window on Australia’s countryside, natural landmarks and man-made attractions.
Altogether, it adds up to a community day of family fun, information, awareness and achievement.
“The day offers a chance for people to come along, check us out, inspect our state-of-the-art coaches, meet our drivers and other staff and get to know us,” said Jodi Crane, L&F’s Charters Towers-based Tourism Manager.
Various business, community and sporting groups will contribute to the event, with local Scouts cooking and serving at the barbecue and a jumping castle for the children. L&F’s mining and other business partners and all interested community and sporting groups have been invited to set up information stalls to promote themselves.
L&F Transfers will distribute promotional packs, while staff from its major Central Queensland depot at Blackwater are also expected to be present for the occasion. Reflecting the company’s growth, employment application packages for prospective coach drivers will be available to interested persons.
Local Charters Towers’ sporting groups that receive sponsorship assistance from L&F Transfers will also be represented. The company has donated vehicles for use by local groups such as junior rugby league and touch football, netball, taekwon-do, the rodeo association, country music festival, pony club and Scouts.
Ms Crane said L&F played a significant role in the Charters Towers’ community, employing around a dozen permanent and casual staff and keen to expand its presence in the future.
She said it provided regular weekday services to the Pajingo Mine, 50km south of the city, transport to major events in Townsville such as the North Queensland Cowboys’ NRL home games and concerts such as the Cold Chisel concert set down for November
“The message is simple: If you need transport, we can help you,” she said.
Another new venture, the introduction of new “Discover Charters Towers” full-day escorted bus tours, has also proved popular, taking visitors to local points of interest such as Towers Hill, the Miner’s Cottage, Enterprise Hotel and Venus Gold Battery, Ms Crane said. (See the Picture Gallery in this edition of the All Aboard Newsletter.)
All proceeds from the October 11 open day and barbecue will be added to the fundraising L&F currently conducts in support of children’s cancer research.
As part of the agreement by which it became the ALCCRF’s first corporate sponsor, L&F makes a donation on behalf of each and every passenger carried each day across its entire Australian fleet. It has pledged ongoing financial support for the foundation until it reaches its goal – 100% survival rates among affected children.
The sponsorship represents an unusually generous example of corporate philanthropy as the foundation has not yet gained tax-free status, meaning L&F is as yet unable to seek concessions for the donations it makes to the cause.
But CEO Mr Ward said: “Money isn’t everything and this deal isn’t about money or tax breaks for us. It is simply about saving children and it is a cause we, as a business, are very committed to.”
Those attending the open day are being offered an opportunity to join a special run of the “Discover Charters Towers” coach tour on the following day, October 12. Those wishing to attend the open day or enjoy the coach tour are invited to find out more or book the tour by phoning 1300 731 528 or visiting lftransfers.com.au or Facebook.com/l&ftransfers, by Friday, October 9.