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Mauro Balzarini takes-up the CEO Challenge to raise money for Youth Focus

27 February 2015

Wellard CEO Mauro Balzarini will swap his moleskins for lycra later next month to take part in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth CEO Challenge and support youth mental health initiatives.

The 2015 Hawaiian Ride for Youth starts in Albany on 24 March and finishes in Perth five days later.

For the first time, the event will feature the CEO Challenge in which WA corporate leaders will ride the final leg from Mandurah to Kings Park.

As a former Italian motocross champion, Mr Balzarini’s cycling interests have involved bikes with motors. He rode professionally for a number of years, competing in numerous International Six Day Enduros, long considered the Olympics of endurance motorbike racing. Wellard now sponsors club teams competing at the ISDEs.

Mr Balzarini said he was up for a different two wheeled challenge in which his legs would do all the work.

“Wellard is a big supporter of the state’s rural communities and we know that life can be tough for families, especially young people who can sometimes feel isolated,” Mr Balzarini said.

“My passion is to help rural families and that includes them being able to access to mental health services so no-one ever feels alone. As a result I would encourage rural Western Australians to help us to beat last year’s overall tally of almost two million dollars by donating to this worthwhile cause.”

Supporters can donate via the Ride for Youth website: https://www.rideforyouth.com.au/riders/ceo-challenge/mauro-balzarini

Wellard has a long history of supporting charities.

Each year the company raises money for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service, both of which benefited from $50,000 raised from an auction and raffle at the company’s Corporate Party in late-2014.

 

For further information please contact:

Cameron Morse

Phone: + 61 8 9485 8888

Mobile: +61 (0) 433 886 871

Website: www.wellard.com.au

 

Background – Wellard

Wellard is a world leader in the production and distribution of livestock and grain.

Its two largest subsidiaries are Wellard Rural Exports, Australia’s largest livestock exporter and ship owner, and Wellard Agri, a large mixed farming land owner and operator specialising in the production of grains, legumes and livestock.

Wellard Rural Exports has supplied quality dairy and beef cattle and sheep and goats to the world for more than 30 years, and its investment in the live export industry is without peer.  Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, the company’s operations cover every aspect of the export chain, including feed milling, livestock aggregation, road transport, feedlot facilities throughout Australia and modern shipping.

The company’s flagship carrier, the MV Ocean Drover (formerly the MV Becrux), is a purpose-built livestock carrier capable of carrying 75,000 sheep or 18,000 cattle to major markets around the globe.  She was commissioned in 2002.

Two, technologically advanced, purpose-built vessels, the MV Ocean Swagman and the MV Ocean Outback, were launched in 2010. They offer unparalleled levels of safety for the livestock, crew and vessel, and can transport 7000 cattle, 25,000 sheep, or a combination of both.

Wellard’s abattoir, Beaufort River Meats, processes up to 2500 sheep and lambs a day, enabling Wellard to meet customer demand for both livestock and chilled and frozen meat.

Wellard Agri owns and operates eight farms covering 35,700 hectares across three principal agri-hubs. The two northern hubs are located at Dongara and Watheroo in Western Australia’s central midlands and one is located at Kojonup in the Great Southern region of WA.

The Dongara hub is home to The Grange, a 14,500 hectare property which is considered one of Western Australia’s blue chip farming properties.

The remaining landholding being more than 21,500 hectares, in total planting 23,500 hectares to a variety of grains and legumes. The other 6,100ha is devoted to sheep and cattle production, including the Hyfield Poll Merino stud at Kojonup. In addition, Wellard leases an additional 13,500ha for livestock and grain production.

Wellard Agri also has operations in the farm machinery sector, through management of the CLAAS Harvest Centres at Esperance, Katanning, Wongan Hills and Geraldton for the Landpower range of farm machinery.

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