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Shining Stars

Posted by Tammy D on October 30, 2012 at 5:50 AM

This month’s choice of the ABCs and Rice Shining Star Award was an easy one to make, due to the amazing efforts of the employees at the John Holland construction project at Joondalup Health Campus Redevelopment in Perth, Western Australia.

The catalyst for this was from 2 of our amazing volunteers, Andrew Crew, who works for John Holland, and his partner Jacqueline Joschonek, who were both with us recently for about 2 months. Quite often we have volunteers who return home and are inspired to try some fundraising, but unusually all of this effort was done while Andrew and Jackie were still with us in Cambodia. A raffle was organized with such fantastic prizes of top quality power tools, tools and accessories that they raised an incredible $8000 at $5 a ticket! A huge thank you goes to Jay Whitman, project manager, as well as Stefanie, Suzie, Rhonda and Joshua of John Holland as well as everyone who sold or bought tickets.

The really fantastic prizes were donated by very generous subcontractors which included Nilsen Electrical, Combined Painting, Centrigrade, Leisk Plumbing, Systek, CWC, Protection Engineering, Siganto and Stacey, Tubelok, Jupps Flooring, Focus Demolition, Bestbar, Downer EDI, Cooke and Dowsett, Bravo, Elcord, H'Var, Antry Cabinetry, Danica, Law Bricklaying and Ramsay Healthcare.

Thanks to frequent posts, photos and videos during their work at ABCs and Rice, Andrew’s colleagues were so inspired by their work with us, and stories of our amazing kids that they wanted to help. Our thanks to everyone who put this together and contributed to what is a major fundraising effort, as well as to Andrew and Jackie who are still greatly missed by staff and children alike, especially by all of us Justin Bieber fans!

These funds have allowed us to move forward on many projects including Full Belly Farm; Watch out for our next newsletter.

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