Big hearted tradies step for­ward to help

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SHANE DOUTHIE

LO­CAL tradies have re­sponded over­whelm­ingly to the call in last Fri­day’s Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle to help build a new home do­nated by Cava­lier Homes Al­bury Wodonga for the Holt fam­ily.

Cava­lier Homes had re­sponded to the story of David and He­len Holt and their four grand­chil­dren, who were trag­i­cally left or­phaned on An­zac Day, who cur­rently live in a two bed­room home.

The Al­bury Wodonga firm said they would sup­ply a new home and all the build­ing prod­ucts so all that was needed were some car­ing tradies pre­pared to do­nate their time to put the home to­gether.

The 4 Kids and Car­ers Fu­ture Foun­da­tion (4KCFF), which was es­tab­lished to raise funds and as­sist in the fi­nan­cial well-be­ing of the chil­dren and their car­ers, se­cured a block of land on the out­skirts of Wan­garatta as the build­ing site.

Ja­son Reid, 4KCFF chair­man, de­scribed the re­sponse from tradies as “amaz­ing”.

“Bright and Dis­trict Elec­tri­cal, who have al­ready worked on the site, have said they would do all the elec­tri­cal work re­quired, Ray Grif­fin will do the brick­work, Gra­ham Harper the plas­ter­ing, Hinton Earth­works will do all the earth­mov­ing and Don Cook from Cooks Earth­mov­ing will sup­ply the road base and pack­ing sand,” Mr Reid said.

“A re­tired plumber, Stretch Everett, con­tacted us and said he would not only or­gan­ise the plumb­ing but he was con­fi­dent he would be able to get any tradies needed to fin­ish the job.”

Stretch said, al­though he didn’t know the fam­ily, when he heard about the call for tradies he knew he could help.

“It’s a great cause and I knew I could do some­thing for them,” he said.

“I will catch up with Paul Hodgkin (Cava­lier Homes coowner and project man­ager on the build) to see who else he needs.”

One of the first mates Stretch or­gan­ised to lend a hand on the project was Jim Bordignon from Bordignon Ex­ca­va­tions who will do what­ever is re­quired to help on the build.

The 4 Kids and Car­ers Fu­ture Foun­da­tion is a reg­is­tered char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion and able to of­fer full tax ben­e­fits to donors.

Any trades­peo­ple in­ter­ested in be­ing a part of this project are wel­come to con­tact Ja­son Reid (4KCFF pres­i­dent) on 0419 360 728, or Paul Hodgkin (Cava­lier Homes) on 0409 596 736.

PITCH­ING IN: Lo­cal tradies Jim Bordignon, Stretch Everett and Clay­ton Hines have joined a grow­ing num­ber of vol­un­teers ready to help build the new Holt fam­ily home sup­plied by Cava­lier Homes.

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