Country Energy workers put out for Camp Quality along the Shannondale Road. First-year apprentice line worker Brad Rodder finds
Country Energy workers put out for Camp Quality along the Shannondale Road. First-year apprentice line worker Brad Rodder finds

Charitable energy

By SALLY GORDON

FROM nine to five ? Monday to Friday ? you can normally find Phil Sneesby, the Grafton area co-ordinator for Country Energy, with a pen in hand and seated behind a desk.

But on Saturday, Mr Sneesby shed his suit and donned the work gloves to join 40 other Country Energy employees from the Grafton Field Service Centre to raise $40,000 for Camp Quality.

Country Energy workers each gave up a day's pay to help the charity, which is dedicated to bringing happiness to children living with cancer.

Mr Sneesby said staff put in a massive day of free labour at the Shannondale worksite. Approximately three kilometres of single phase, 11,000-volt powerline was constructed, including the erection of 22 poles and installation of three transformers for customers in the area.

"Everyone put in a really good effort and on Saturday I was one of the boys," Mr Sneesby said.

"There's no rank on the day; everyone just puts their gloves on and got in to help.

"It's excellent for staff morale. It was really hot but staff made it an enjoyable day.

"It's almost like a family day and they got a lot of pleasure out of it."

Country Energy supported the benefit through matching employees' donations and by also donating the value of plant and equipment used on the project.

A number of other Clarence Valley businesses also chipped in. Holiday Coast Meats, Hanks Kitchen, Coutts Crossing General Store and Grafton District Services Club provided food and drink.

Local Country Energy workers have been involved in the fundraiser since 1989 and in that time have given nearly $250,000 to Camp Quality.

Camp Quality area manager Northern NSW Tom Strickland said the funds would go towards the organisation's growth and a number of programs it runs to assist children with cancer and their families.



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