Riverina Oils & BioEnergy

D.D. Saxena accepts national award for investment in Australia

We are very excited to announce that Riverina Oils & Bio Energy Pty Ltd have just been awarded IABCA’s brand new award, the Indian Investment in the Australian Market - Introduced as an award to recognise developing business opportunities between Australia and India. 

Over 400 guests in attendance at Brisbane City Hall witnessed history as winners of the fourth annual India Australia Business & Community Awards were announced on the 13th October at the Awards Gala. The awards platform celebrates the Australia India relationship while honouring success stories of migrant entrepreneurship and community leadership. The evening honoured the monumental contributions made by IABCA's winners and finalists to the Australia India space, and created a platform for key leaders in this space to host a dialogue of transnational significance. 

Master of Ceremonies Lucy Zelic, SBS Football Presenter, officially commenced the evening with a lamp lighting ceremony that honoured our esteemed and dignitary guests before The Hon. Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, made the Prime Ministers address on behalf of The Hon. Malcom Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia. In addition to this, the Gala featured a number of addresses of transnational significance made by honourable guest speakers including The Hon Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier of Queensland, His Excellency, Dr. A.M Gondane, High Commissioner of India to Australia, and Her Excellency, Ms. Harinder Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia to India, Peter Varghese, Chancellor, The University of Queensland, Sheba Nandkeolyar, Chair, AIBC, Kiran Ramrakha, Managing Partner, Barker Henley and many more. 

Australia's most interesting oil baron, D.D. Saxena

It's been a very busy end-of-financial-year for most of us, not precluding our Managing Director, D.D. Saxena appearing front and centre of today's NAB's Business Research and Insights Publication.  READ MORE

The article explores some interesting insights into D.D.'s impressive entrepreneurial past, present and future with Riverina Oils and Bio-Energy here in Australia and abroad.

13 July 2015 Australia's most interesting oil baron, NAB Business Research and Insights

And D.D's advice to other "business people facing similar challenges?"

You have to believe in your vision, not for emotional or intuitive reasons but solid business ones. Then it’s simply a matter of showing courage and never giving up.
— D.D. SAXENA, Managing Director, ROBE

Thank you NAB for the wonderful article about our Managing Director.  It's testament to all the hard work, the vision and the strong leadership.  We're feeling very proud to be part of the ROBE team and the promise of an even more successful 2015 and beyond.

source:  NAB Business - "Australia's most interesting oil baron" by Agribusiness View, 13 July 2015.  http://business.nab.com.au/australias-most-interesting-oil-baron-11974/

Kayla relays for life

According to the Cancer Council, an estimated 128,000 people in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer in the coming year. Those people will be mums and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. They will also be colleagues. Here at Riverina Energy and Bio Oils (ROBE), one of our colleagues, Office Administration Manager Kayla Cox, has been personally touched by cancer. Kayla showed incredible resolve as she participated in the Wagga Wagga Relay for Life, an event that raises money for cancer research and honours those who have been stricken by cancer.

The Relay for Life concept began in the USA in May 1985 when Dr Gordy Klatt wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent a gruelling twenty-four hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Washington, and raised over US$27,000. In doing so, he showed that one person really can make a difference.

Relay for Life began in Australia in 1999 when the Victorian community of Murrumbeena raised over $75,000 for the Cancer Council. Relays are now held in every Australian state and territory, with more than 134,000 participants raising over $24 million each year. 

Kayla participated in the Wagga Wagga Relay for Life on the 11th and 12th October 2014 at Parramore Park, Wagga Exhibition Centre. She found herself on track for 21 hours.

“I didn’t go it alone,” Kayla said. “I’d like to thank everyone, including my ROBE colleagues, who gave up their time to share in the experience with me. People walked with me and relieved me when I needed a rest. Many even came with their families and I was truly chuffed to see everyone rally together for such a worthy cause.”

Every dollar raised at Relay for Life events goes towards funding Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention and support programs.

“As a whole, the Cancer Council raised $210,000 on that weekend,” Kayla said. “Thanks to everyone who donated. I am proud to say that together our efforts count towards this total.” 

“I completed 241 laps (@ 446m) or 107kms in my 21hrs on track. I didn’t just run my marathon I went back to back and then some! I didn’t better my time but it wasn’t about being quicker than Canberra – it was about proving I could do it post-surgery.”

“You might expect me to be sore. You would be right! But this pain is nothing compared to what having cancer does to you (and your nearest and dearest). It tries you in every way imaginable. This pain is inspiring. This pain is motivating. This pain and fatigue I can deal with!” 

ROBE’s Kayla Cox with some of her team of supporters at the Wagga Wagga Relay for Life

There are many different ways to contribute to the work of the Cancer Council. For more information visit www.cancercouncil.org.au.