Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Tradies Goodwill Rewards Children in Need

Tradies Goodwill Rewards Children in Need

Around 400 plumbers and electricians from Australia and New Zealand descended on Fiji for their annual conference. In line with the company’s commitment of being socially responsible, many of the men and women of Laser Group arrived a day early to take part in the Laser Group Charity Taskforce Project.

The Taskforce sees the plumbers and electricians of the Laser Group take on a local project, using their skills to give back to the communities where our conference is located. With the conference being held in a different place each year, charities who have received assistance from the Group include Habitat for Humanity in New Zealand as well as the Gold Coast Youth Services and Variety in Australia.

This year’s chosen project focussed on children, with the Group working with the Fijian Ministry of Education to help improve two local schools with combined enrolments of almost 2000 students.

The Votualevu Public School currently has 970 students enrolled up to year 7 as well as 115 enrolled at preschool level. Established in 1926, the school is one of Nadi’s pioneer schools and has been affected by fire and floods in recent years.

The Laser Group Taskforce installed new roofing and spouting on one of the school blocks as well as installing drainage, a new water pump and trough for the children to drink at. Whilst to most these are basic requirements, the children currently have to move rooms when it rains and straddle a crude drain to access water to drink. At the same time, the Group will be working on the library, ceiling the concrete floors, installing fans, LED lighting, and installing bookcases for the books which have been donated by Laser Group Members. Laser Plumbing Inverell made 1,000 library book bags for the children to borrow books from their new school library. Members and suppliers also donated stationary and sporting goods.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

In addition to the primary school, the Laser Electricians also worked on Nadi Technical School. Opened earlier this year, the technical school oversees the training of some 400 students in a number of trade areas including horticulture, cookery, mechanics, welding and plumbing. The school also runs short courses with 200 students currently enrolled.

The Laser Group installed a number of solar panels which will assist the school in ensuring a constant feed of power is supplied to the computer rooms and the school's power grid. Helping the Laser Electricians will be students of the college thus creating a great learning opportunity for trade students whilst helping improve the infrastructure of their school.

Donating their time as well as the tools used, the Taskforce is now in its 7th year and something that Laser Group Managing Director, Steve Keil is very proud of.

“We have an amazing network of people in Laser Group across New Zealand and Australia that love taking the time out to make a difference in the local community where our conference is conducted. As practical people we can do significantly more with our hands, efforts & time beyond just donating money or products.”

Managing this year’s Taskforce project is Gary Larkin, State Director of Laser Group Queensland who has also coordinated with Laser’s key supplier network to supply in excess of $100,000 worth of product donations that will be used onsite.

“Our Members really enjoy these days. They get a real buzz out of giving back to the community and working alongside their mates who they may only see once a year”, said Gary.

“It’s an opportunity not only to catch up and talk to suppliers, but also to utilise their expertise and be involved in a project that makes a real difference in the community. Some Members see this as the highlight of their year!”


© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
World Headlines

UN News: Aid Access Is Key Priority

Among the key issues facing diplomats is securing the release of a reported 199 Israeli hostages, seized during the Hamas raid. “History is watching,” says Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths. “This war was started by taking those hostages. Of course, there's a history between Palestinian people and the Israeli people, and I'm not denying any of that. But that act alone lit a fire, which can only be put out with the release of those hostages.” More

Save The Children: Four Earthquakes In a Week Leave Thousands Homeless

Families in western Afghanistan are reeling after a fourth earthquake hit Herat Province, crumbling buildings and forcing people to flee once again, with thousands now living in tents exposed to fierce winds and dust storms. The latest 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit 30 km outside of Herat on Sunday, shattering communities still reeling from strong and shallow aftershocks. More

UN News: Nowhere To Go In Gaza

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said some 1.1M people would be expected to leave northern Gaza and that such a movement would be “impossible” without devastating humanitarian consequences and appeals for the order to be rescinded. The WHO joined the call for Israel to rescind the relocation order, which amounted to a “death sentence” for many. More

Access Now: Telecom Blackout In Gaza An Attack On Human Rights

By October 10, reports indicated that fixed-line internet, mobile data, SMS, telephone, and TV networks are all seriously compromised. With significant and increasing damage to the electrical grid, orders by the Israeli Ministry of Energy to stop supplying electricity and the last remaining power station now out of fuel, many are no longer able to charge devices that are essential to communicate and access information. More


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.