Carindale’s Belmont State School was just one of the organisations helped during Lend Lease’s 18th annual Community Day.
The initiative helps to develop strong community partnerships, giving employees a chance to apply skills where they are most needed. It also helps to build strong camaraderie and teamwork.
Employees are invited to nominate a project and create small teams to work with the community group or cause.
Activities can include helping senior citizens, homeless people, people with disabilities, the environment, working with children/youth and animals.
When I arrived at the school I saw the Lend Lease team undertaking all sorts of tasks. It was a hot day but there was plenty of friendly chatter and laughs. They were moving soil, dressing up the gardens with mulch, planting, tidying up and more. The plants were Mock Orange for the hedges and Red grass.
Mandy Morrison, team leader of this particular group said the Belmont State School project was chosen because, as an independent Public School, the school places a strong emphasis on establishing and furthering community links.
“This project allows Lend Lease to help establish the local community partnerships by giving back to the local school community, with the manpower and assistance to beautify the grounds,” Mandy said.
Belmont State School is one of the first schools in Queensland to be selected as an Independent Public School. School Principal Noel Seawright says that this provides more autonomy to make decisions locally through the school council. We wrote more about what this means here.