Like most workplaces across Australia, Mudgee’s A1 Earthworx enjoys a staff barbecue when they have the opportunity.
However these “every so often” barbecues have become more than your ordinary staff meeting and lunch break.
Earlier this year employees at the Mudgee earthmoving company decided to chip in a donation for local charity Lifeskills Plus each time they bit into a steak or sausage sandwich or hamburger.
The result has seen $1000 raised for Lifeskills Plus that will go towards the development of its new community centre in south Mudgee.
During a presentation to Lifeskills Plus yesterday, A1 Earthworx’s Vinesa Walker said the employees were all too happy to give back to an important community project and will now donate their barbecue funds to various other local charities in the coming years.
Lifeskills Plus CEO, Carolyn Peek, said at the presentation the community group is entering an exciting phase in their development.
She said she couldn’t believe the overwhelming support from the community and local businesses.
“The fact you are all doing this off your own bat is a great credit,” she said.
The new centre will provide a base for people with disabilities to both access their community as well as to undertake activities. It will also be a place that people from the community are able to come and share their skills and interests with participants at the centre.