Motel furniture donated to a worthy cause

Furniture and bedding from the former Philip Lodge Motel in Ashfield has been donated to local charity The Exodus Foundation to help disadvantaged community members just in time for winter.

WestConnex contractor CPB Contractors Samsung John Holland Joint Venture (CPBSJH) collected the items from the motel which was recently cleared to support construction of the M4 East tunnel section of WestConnex.

Items collected for donation included beds, bedding, crockery, fridges, TVs and kitchen appliances so they could benefit the community for years to come.

Sydney Motorway Corporation Director of Communications Maryanne Graham said it was great to see CPBSJH partnering with a local charity to ensure these essential goods were used to help those less fortunate in the community.

“The Exodus Foundation has been helping disadvantaged and homeless people in the inner west for almost thirty years and we’re extremely pleased CPBSJH has played a part in keeping people warm and safe this winter,” Ms Graham said.

“We are always looking at new ways to work with our contractors and local organisations to ensure WestConnex provides genuine outcomes for the community and is delivered sustainably.

“Making a contribution to The Exodus Foundation’s 2016 Winter Appeal is a great example of our contractor’s responding to the needs of the community and working with local partners to make a lasting difference,” she said.

Several hundred pieces of furniture and appliances were donated to not only ensure the community benefits wherever possible, but to reuse materials.

The Exodus Foundation is currently accepting donations for its 2016 Winter Appeal and founder Reverend Bill Crews said the bedding and furniture was a welcome addition to their cause.

“Winter is a particularly difficult time for disadvantaged community members with increased demands for food, quality bedding and appliances so this donation is most welcome,” Reverend Crews said.

“The community’s response to this year’s winter appeal has been fantastic but we can always do more to help people in need with extra volunteers or in-kind donations.

“We treasure donations like these as they enable us to help the many people who are in the greatest need.

“We’d like to thank Sydney Motorway Corporation and their contractor for the donation and assisting in the delivery to our storage facility,” he said.

The Exodus Foundation is a registered charity founded by Reverend Bill Crews in 1989 which combats disadvantage in inner western Sydney by providing food, social health and wellbeing services to those who need it most.

Donations to the Foundation can be made online at www.exodusfoundation.org.au/donate.

The M4 East will extend the M4 Motorway via a tunnel from Homebush to Haberfield and will be the first tunnel section of WestConnex to start work. Major construction is due to get underway mid-year and is due to open to traffic in 2019.