Leighton Contractors team up with WA sporting greats to give back to the community

20 Nov 12

Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd has teamed up with two of Western Australia’s greatest sportsmen – former Wildcats player and ex-Olympian Andrew Vlahov and former West Coast Eagle David Wirrpanda to help build relationships with young Indigenous people.

A team of Leighton Contractors staff faced off against students at the David Wirrpanda Foundation in a friendly basketball tournament at the Loftus Centre in Leederville last week. Despite having basketball great Andrew Vlahov coaching their team, Leighton Contractors were no match for the David Wirrpanda team who took home the winner’s trophy.

Peter Handel, General Manager Western Infrastructure at Leighton Contractors, said the basketball game was one of many activities Leighton Contractors holds with the foundation each year.

“Leighton Contractors began its relationship with the David Wirrpanda Foundation in 2011 as part of their Community Investment Program and has introduced students to employment opportunities through project site tours and presentations to students.

“This year alone, we have successfully employed six David Wirrpanda students, who are now working on some of Western Australia’s biggest resources and energy projects.

“At Leighton Contractors, we are committed to creating sustainable outcomes for our communities and with David Wirrpanda Foundation we have been able to provide employment avenues that many students didn’t think were possible,” Mr Handel said.

David Hynes, Business Development Manager at the David Wirrpanda Foundation, said it was great for companies, such as Leighton Contractors, to open up their projects to the students and offer them an opportunity to change their lives.

“Our Solid Futures Program prepares applicants to work in a wide variety of business-based enterprises and by having companies such as Leighton Contractors on board, we are able to offer them employment opportunities that suit their respective skill set,” Mr Hynes said.

Andrew Vlahov said he enjoyed stepping back into the coaches shoes.

“I really enjoyed the day. It’s always great to see companies and communities coming together.”