Currimundi Primary School was one of the many worthy organisations given a helping hand on 19 September when Lend Lease hosted its 18th annual Community Day.
Lend Lease Community Day encourages all employees around the world to give something back to local communities.
Community Day helps to develop strong community partnerships, giving employees a chance to apply skills where they are most needed. Employees unanimously agree – this builds strong camaraderie and teamwork, and is an immensely rewarding experience.
Employees are invited to nominate a project and create small teams to work with the community group or cause. Activities can include helping senior citizens, the homeless people, people with disabilities, the environment, working with children/youth and animals.
Community Day is about forging strong community partnerships, applying Lend Lease manpower and skills where they are most needed and supporting communities that support us.
Over 54 employees from Lend Lease's Sunshine Coast businesses converged on the Currimundi Primary School on 19 September to help enhance priority areas around the school and refresh an outdoor area into a fully working sustainable garden.
Nicky Graham, team leader of the group said the Currimundi Primary School project was chosen because one of their students, Jacob Hussey took the time to research Lend Lease Community Day and visit the site to present a letter and photographs of the schools key priority areas and issues.
"Currimundi Primary School has operated for around 30 years helping Sunshine Coast children reach their potential. In that time the school has had to raise funds via the P&C for most of their improvements and this year Jacob, who leads the Student Council wanted to ensure that some of the improvements were completed. We hope that our contribution has created a fun and experiential learning environment as well as tick off some of Jacob's wish list for his school," Nicky said.
Lend Lease's Sunshine Coast businesses have also called upon their contractors to assist with the school's transformation.
"The generosity from the local contractors and their willing commitment to assist on Community Day is overwhelming," she said.
Place Design Group volunteered a complete landscape plan and Shadforths Civil Contractors and Calty Constructions assisted in the clearing of the site and provision of materials for some of the other key areas.
Eureka Landscapes supplied all of the herbs, fruit trees and plants ready. The fresh produce is now being sold by the school and used within the school canteen.
ATF Sunshine Coast also be helped out with the supply of temporary fencing as well as Whale Bins who provided skip bins and rubbish removal.
St George Bank Kawana visited on the day with their BBQ trailer to feed the hungry volunteers for lunch.
This is Lend Lease's 18th consecutive Community Day, and since the initiative began in 1996, employees have volunteered over 500,000 hours worldwide.