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Astaldi raising money for charities by supporting worker safety

Corrie Gidge (right) submitting a Care Card to safety advisor Jonathan Power (left) as a part of Astaldi Canada’s Because I Care campaign.
Corrie Gidge (right) submitting a Care Card to safety advisor Jonathan Power (left) as a part of Astaldi Canada’s Because I Care campaign. - Submitted

Astaldi Canada and its employees at Muskrat Falls have come up with a program that is not only keeping workers safe but is raising thousands to dollars for two well-known children’s charities.

Astaldi’s “Because I Care” campaign uses the company’s Care Card to raise money for

Ronald McDonald House Charities NL and the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The program motivates workers to become involved in correcting unsafe conditions on the job. 

For every Care Card submitted by Astaldi employees and its subcontractors, Astaldi will donate $1 to each charity.

“We’re always looking to get our workers involved in safety and taking responsibility and in taking care of other people. So, during the course of the year, we had several campaigns... to motivate our people to make safety a priority,” said Astaldi’s project manager, Don Delarosbil said.

The Care Card program is one such initiative, he said.

“Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are very caring people when there is a cause. So, we decided to partner with some wonderful organizations that do so much for our communities. And, rather than give a token prize, we’d take the money and give it to them instead,” Delarosbil said.

Any employee who sees what they believe is an unsafe situation can fill out a card, he said. (Delarosbil also noted that, when immediate action is required, workers take their concerns to their supervisors).

The cards can also be completed to commend employees for being safety conscious, he said.

Completed cards are forwarded to the company’s safety office where they are read and necessary corrective action is taken.

Draws are held and prizes are awarded to workers, Delarosbil said, but the big winners are the charities that the workers are supporting.

About 8,000 cards have been submitted since October, Delarosbil said, and more are expected to be completed before the program is finished at the end of December.

Delarosbil said the workers – who have taken ownership of the project - are to be commended for filling out the cards and, in turn, helping sick children in the province.

“We are quite proud to be able to help and our staff have really brought into this program,” he said.

When contacted for comment about Astaldi’s Because I Care initiative, Janeway Foundation president and CEO Lynn Sparkes said each year the foundation strives to raise much needed funds in support of the Janeway and the children.

“With the help of groups like Astaldi and all their employees, we are able to provide our team of medical professionals with the tools and programs they need to improve outcomes for our province’s sick and injured children,” Sparkes said.

Christine Morgan, director of development and communications with Ronald McDonald House Charities NL said her organization relies on the generosity of the community to offer programs and services to families dealing with their child’s illness far from home.

“Together, with the support of groups like Astaldi and all their employees, we are able to keep hundreds of families with a sick of injured child each year, stay close to each other and (give them) the care and resources they need, when they need it most. Thank-you and congratulations to Astaldi on a very successful Because I Care project,” Morgan said.

danette@nl.rogers.com

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