Women team up to build
I am woman, hear me saw.
Women are taking the lead in a Habitat for Humanity home build at Bunnings Warehouse in Elsdon.
Builder Clare Lennard is heading the project, and has overseen several all- woman corporate groups volunteering on- site since work began three weeks ago. Female Bunnings staff are providing the building materials and working on-site in their spare time.
To ensure a female focus throughout the three- month build, Wednesdays have been designated women’s days, says Habitat for Humanity operations manager Gill Burns.
‘‘ We’re encouraging teams women to keep coming.
‘‘When women build, they become really committed to the project.’’
Women can be hesitant when starting on a building project, but are fast learners once they’re shown the ropes, Ms Burns said.
‘‘ Men automatically put themselves forward, but women want to ask someone, ‘Can you show me how to do this?’ ’’
Volunteers are welcome to join the build, be they individuals or groups – male or female.
‘‘We don’t want to exclude men,’’ Ms Burns says.
The three-bedroom house taking shape at Bunnings is destined for Beauzami Cres, and will be the
of family home of Burmese refugees Bawi Tin Thang, his wife, Dawt Kyi Aye, and children, Sui Ren Chin, 14, Melissa Vel Thea Chin, 4, and Jamie Bawi Bik Thawng, 2.
The Thangs currently live in a damp Cannons Creek home which has given Sui respiratory problems.
Bawi is a chef and is most looking forward to the kitchen in his future home.
‘‘I’m really excited. It’ll be nice – everything will be new, everything will be perfect,’’ he said.
Women and men wishing to volunteer on the Thang family home can contact Habitat for Humanity on 238 4251.
Home-makers: It’s ladies’ day every
Wednesday at a female-focused Habitat for Humanity house build in Elsdon. Future homeowners Bawi Tin
Thang and Dawt Kyi Aye are with builder Clare Lennard, Bunnings staff Sonya Rameka, Katie Robertson and Alana Matangi, Habitat for Humanity
staff Marie Buzan and Gill Burns, family support person Mary Gemmill and Bunnings employee Charlotte