BUSINESS COMMUNITY | Bringing light into young people’s lives

Wetherill Park company Solatube, which makes tubular skylights, has helped bring some light into the lives of disadvantaged teens by donating three skylights to a new care home at Western Sydney.

The six-bedroom home (above) was opened at the weekend at Blacktown to accommodate five at-risk and homeless young people with a live-in carer. It’s a collaborative project by the Property Industry Foundation, Frasers Property Australia and youth-care organisation Marist180.

“When I heard the home was being built for a good cause with all materials and labour supplied for free I didn’t hesitate to offer our assistance,” said Greg Deale, general manager of Daylight Designs at Wetherill Park, a Solatube dealership.

The 160DS Brighten Up skylights bring energy-boosting and mood-enhancing natural light to a long windowless hallway in the house, reducing the need for artificial light during the day.

Officials at the opening of the Blacktown home for needy youngsters.

Officials at the opening of the Blacktown home for needy youngsters.

Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali cut the ribbon at the $520,000 house at the weekend.

Rosemary Smithson, chief executive of the Property Industry Foundation said the home would be a safe place for young people and the support program provided by Marist180 would help them to become independent.

“Youth homelessness affects too many young Australians and the property industry, as the creator of new communities, can, and should, play a meaningful role in addressing this problem,” said Ray Baksmati, development director of Frasers Property Australia.

Solatube natural lighting, donated by Daylight Designs Wetherill Park.

Solatube natural lighting, donated by Daylight Designs Wetherill Park.

  • These contractors, trades and businesses donated services and goods, expecting nothing in return: Daylight Designs Wetherill Park, Drain & White Plumbing, D. King Plumbing, LE Dias Electrical, Bunnings F & T, Wideline, Crest TV, Bullnose Roofing, QPS / Actron, Apollo Kitchen, J & L Marble, Caesarstone, Corinthian Industries, Reece, PPG Taubmans, Dynamic Doors, Rheem, Tankworks, New Edge Concreting, Bingo Bins, Vipar Bricklaying, Stoddarts, Idealcorp, Unique Blinds, Kingsplan Environmental, Smeg, Craneland, Morabito Wall Linings, Builders Steel Direct, Bunnings, Riverview Landscapes, Solgen, Craig & Rhodes, 1300 Termite, Residential Engineering, Ashley Engineering, Acrow Scaffolding, Cret TV, Minto Home Hardware, Sydney Brick-cleaning, PGA Rendering, Dias Electrical, CSR Bradford, QPS Geothermal, Actron, Harvey Norman, Shane’s Waterproofing, Reece On Site, Beaumont Tiles, Sydney Shower Screens (Kolder), ICM Property Services, Gainsborough, Vito Bertoni, Palace Painting, Renco Design, Steve Watson Certifiers, Urbis, Blacktown Council and McCullough Robertson.

Natalie Chichmir, of Marist180, said: “Our young people recently participated in a working bee to help landscape the garden with volunteers from the various suppliers,” she said. “They’re very excited about moving into such a beautiful house and we really appreciates everything the suppliers have done. They went above and beyond to make sure the young people would have a home we can all be proud of.”

  • Details: Gavin Hanbridge, Property Industry Foundation, gavin@pif.com.au. or 0438 453 894.

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