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Rio Tinto makes donation for Shames Mountain chairlift upgrade

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As reported by the Northern Sentinel, Rio Tinto BC Works has made a donation towards the purchase of a refurbished bull wheel for a chairlift at Shames Mountain in British Columbia, Canada.

The company donated CAN$50 000 towards My Mountain Co-op’s (MMC) purchase last summer.

“This was a critical piece of equipment that needed to be replaced this summer,” said Shames Mountain General Manager, Christian Theberge. “We are very grateful for Rio Tinto for its support.”

The bull wheel replacement took place over the summer months as part of the Shames Mountain’s maintenance programme.

“Shames Mountain is an important community asset, and we at Rio Tinto are proud to provide funding for its ongoing operations,” said Rio Tinto’s BC Works Operations Director, Patrice Bergeron.

“Many of our employees and their families have created positive memories at Shames Mountain, and we are committed to ensuring it continues to be part of a healthy lifestyle in the Kitimat-Terrace area.”

In 2012, Rio Tinto provided CAN$175 000 in funding, which was critical in allowing the mountain to operate and undertake critical infrastructure upgrades.

“Donations from our community and corporate sponsors are key to ensuring the sustainable operations of Shames Mountain,” said My Mountain Co-op Board Chair, Steve Salem.

“By showing commitment to healthy communities, organisations such as Rio Tinto play an important role in the fabric of the Co-op, and for that we are very thankful.”

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