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Tradies making a difference

Tradies making a difference

When you have 500 plumbers and electricians in one place, it makes sense to bring them together and make a difference in the lives of those who need a bit of help.

Australia and New Zealand’s leading network of plumbers and electricians, Laser Plumbing & Electrical, will converge on St Chad’s in Rotorua as part of the trans-Tasman conference LaserCon 2018. The tradies and their families will spend a day at St Chads fixing plumbing and electrical issues in the facility, as well as performing general maintenance on the site.

Passionate about assisting a local organisation which makes a difference to the community they are a part of, the Laser Group identified St Chads as the recipient of their annual Taskforce project after contacting the Geyser Community Foundation who assists many of the regions charitable organisations.

Executive Officer, Annette Burgess said the Foundation was delighted to have been asked by the Laser Group to help identify a worthwhile local charity to receive their generous support.

“Community foundations understand the impact that informed charitable giving can have on good causes and organisations now, and forever. We connect people who care with causes that matter to help build better communities for the long term.
“We believe communities are stronger when they work together. This is a wonderful example of a group of committed and generous people coming together to make a real difference in our local community.”

Established in 1984, St Chads provides services to people aged from 16 to 64 who are living with various disabilities. Providing resources, training, life skills and connection programs, activities are designed to enable clients to engage with the local community and achieve regular life outcomes that many of us take for granted.

When helping organizations like St Chads, Laser Plumbing & Electrical focus on creating sustainable solutions to issues facing non profit organisations, enabling them to decrease running costs through energy efficiency and update equipment which may have been on their wish list. Since 2010 the Group has completed work valued at over $700,000 to charitable organisations located in cities hosting their annual conference including Plunket, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, Habitat for Humanity and the Mental Health Foundation in New Zealand as well as the Gold Coast Youth Services, Variety the Children’s Charity and beyondblue in Australia.

Laser Group New Zealand General Manager Scott Carr said he is excited by what the group will be able to achieve for St Chads.

“Having visited St Chads and assessed the work required, our team of plumbers, electricians and their families will make a huge difference to the quality of service that St Chads is able to provide to their clients. In addition to the services, helping the organisation save money in the long term by making their buildings more energy efficient is something we are extremely pleased to be able to help with.”

Also helping Laser Plumbing & Electrical at the St Chads project is champion race car driver and New Zealander, Steve Richards. Steve is the Laser Ambassador and is looking forward to meeting the clients and signing autographs.

Centre Manager for St Chad’s Nicky Mayne, was overwhelmed by the offer of support from the largest plumbing and electrical network in Australia and New Zealand. “We know that providing great outcomes to people with disabilities in Rotorua is not something we can do alone, it requires a community of people willing to do what they can to make a difference. We are so thankful for the generosity of the Laser Group for being willing to use their time and skills, to support what we do.”

“Thank you for believing in us, thank you for the difference you will be making both now and for the flow on effect it will have on sustainability for years to come”


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