2017 CityServe Projects from across Lake Macquarie and Newcastle!
25 volunteers from Northlakes Salvos and Newcastle Salvos worked together to complete two painting projects in Wallsend, in association with Newcastle City Council. The enthusiasm of the volunteers was only matched by the speed of their paint brushes and rollers as they took to the projects with great urgency. The end result was a great outcome and an early mark! Thanks to the Council staff for all the behind the scenes arrangements and their support and supervision on the day. CAMERON SMITH PROJECTS COORDINATOR
“My favourite thing is the new dirt!” Some grateful 3 year olds have sent us a card to say thank you forCityServe!! Thanks to all our amazing volunteers for supporting our friends.
Carolyn Ryan from Globe Church who coordinated the Charlestown Child & Early Learning Centre Project with a Thank You card from the students of the centre.
REDHEAD TENNIS COURTS – C3 Church Victory
“Last Saturday LMCC organised the Christian based City Serve volunteer organisation to do some works around the Club, they re -painted the BBQ area, all seating in the Club area and the net posts.. Also dug a trench along the outside park area, the whole length of the courts so as we do not get outside sand on the court area which causes moulding, not to mention the continuous shoveling it took to put it back into the park area. We thank them all for giving up their time and for the effort, I did not think they would get it all done.”
Cheers, Ian Lawrie 😎😎RTC President
NOVA WOMEN’S REFUGE PROJECT – C3 Church Victory
“What a great day @cityserveau volunteering at Nova for women & children. There was a lot of great work done by some really awesome people. The highlight for me was to see a young girl staying at the refuge, get involved because she wanted to plant some veggies, then with the help of the volunteers we let her loose to do some artwork on the little planter box.” @urbanfoodgardensPete
ARCADIA PARK, NEWCASTLE – Hillsong Newcastle
“Earned ourselves 2 green thumbs today! 2,000 plants planted, countless wheelbarrow trips carrying mulch up and down hills, sore backs and aching legs… but well worth it to help keep Newcastle beautiful 💚really was great to be a part of it, thanks guys x” Renee Martine (CityServe Volunteer)
“What a fantastic morning in our beautiful Arcadia Park! Thanks! We really appreciated your Hillsong Church’s involvement this year. Everyone was so enthusiastic, friendly, and cheerful pitching in with the planting and more particularly the heavy wheel barrowing of heaps of mulch. We enjoyed meeting and talking with your members – all great company. Again many thanks to everyone and the very best wishes from the Landcare group.” BOB CLIFTON, LANDCARE GROUP.
“On Sunday 22/10/17 Lift Church participated in the annual “City Serve” initiative at PCYC Lake Macquarie. Project managed by Adam O’Connor, Paster Greg Allan and Kenneth Boyer and attended by 30 local members of the Community, the “Clean Up” and “Paint the Club” day was a huge success. Lift Church provided all materials including Mulch, Paint and painting equipment, seed and machinery/equipment required for gardening make over. Through hard work from all involved, all of the objectives were completed before the days end. This is a credit to Adam and his crew and has literally transformed the exterior and interior of the Club. As a Not-for-profit Youth Club in a challenging area, PCYC Lake Macquarie is an important community asset. Improvements that are made to encourage participation in its activities are essential for the long-term viability of the Club. I cant speak highly enough of Adam and the Lift Church crew for their efforts. Their commitment through service to the community is outstanding and I look forward to working with this passionate group of people in the future.” Martin Eddy, PCYC Lake Macquarie
PCYC PROJECT OUTCOMES
- 36 adults
- 27 Kids
- + 1 x S70 Bobcat Skid Steer Mini Loader
Equivalent Adult working hours: 36 x 8 = 288total working hours.
- Removed 2.5t or 12m3 of weeds, grass, trees from skate park area.
- Removed (6 wheelie bin size garbage bags of rubbish tyres from skate park) Including 11 car tyres.
- Spread 6m3 or 12t of sand back to grass area.
For the landscaping project we removed 10m3 or 2.8t into the skip bin plus another several loads full for a 4m3 dump truck of trees from front area.
- Repaired, weeded and levelled all gardens
- Filled all the gardens with 13 tonnes or 44m3 of forest mulch to all garden areas.
For the Landscaping project the Equivalent Commercial quote for same value was approx. 3 x 10 hour days for 4 men to barrow the same amount for $5,500 including mulch.
- Painted approx. 220m3 of area in 2 coats inside 8 hours.
- Netball court kids project removed 3 wheelie bins of rubbish, broken glass and weeds from an old unused netball court area, Kids then swept it clean and relined marked it for a total cost $98 to refurbish.
Equipment and labour value of the project is estimated at between $25,000 -$30,000.
Special thanks to Lake Mac Council, Concrush, Cootes hire Boolaroo, Simply beans coffee, B&R Skip bins, Drinkwater landscape Supplies, Wattyl Solver Warners bay and Woolworths for their generous donations on the day that saved us significant costs to complete our project.
PROJECT COORDINATOR ADAM OCONNOR (LIFT CHURCH)
CARDIFF EARLY EDUCATION & CARE CENTRE – Belair Baptist
“We send out a big thank you to CityServe volunteers from Belair Baptist Church and Brad Smith from Lake Macquarie City Council for assisting in the successful completion of our garden makeover. This is our fourth year working in partnership with CityServe and they make a wonderful contribution each year to benefit our organisation and the community.”
Kathryn Russell, Director
WALLSEND PATHFINDERS CITYSERVE PROJECT AT SOUL CAFE
30+ young volunteers wrapped toys and decorated Soul Cafe in preparation for the Christmas Season. Soul Cafe provide almost 30,000 meals a year and support services for the homeless, poor and vulnerable of Newcastle.
” On behalf of Macquarie Life Church, it was our pleasure to work with you on Saturday. We had a team of 33 volunteers to help ‘freshen’ up Ulinga Sporting Complex. Special thanks to the South Cardiff Junior Football Team for putting on a generous morning tea and lunch. Our church has a heart to serve its local community, and City Serve is one of the key community engagement’s in our yearly calendar. We thank also Rick Prosser, City Serve’s GM and Brad Smith, Lake Macquarie City Council for the opportunity to engage with our local community.” Peter Di Girolamo, Project Coordinator
“22 volunteers from 7 years to 57 years had an awesome time planting 3000 seedlings.” Daniel Lee – Project Coordinator
WARABROOK BUSHCARE PROJECT – Mayfield Baptist Church
“We had a great time!! Two youth groups in Mayfield worked together. We ended up having about 45 people turn up. The kids moved 4 truck loads of mulch in an hour. They helped to remove large sticks from around the reserve as well. There was heaps of chatting and laughter as they worked. We had a diverse range of people. Some young children, young people with disabilities, teens and adults. We all enjoyed a BBQ dinner afterwards.
What we learnt ……. needed heaps more resources. The kids were so keen and we really didn’t have enough work for them to do. We needed more mulch, wheel barrows, tools and gloves. We also started half an hour late so we ran out of daylight. We have learnt for next year ….
Thanks again Newcastle City Council for getting the mulch delivered in record time. I had a walk around the area the other day in the light and it looked great. Thanks again.”
Julie- Project Coordinator
PETER PAN PRESCHOOL WANGI – Toronto Anglican Church
“Dear CityServe group,
On behalf of the management committee, staff and families at Peter Pan Preschool, we would like to thank you for your very generous efforts in gardening at our pre school ….” Read more here Cityserve Thank you 2017 Peter Pan Child Care
WARNERS BAY HIGH SCHOOL – Warners Bay Christian Education Association Churches.
WHITEBRIDGE HIGH PROJECT – Charlestown Christian Education Association and Vivid Life Church
These are just some of the many projects and photos completed in 2017. We look forward to connecting with you again in 2018.
NOTE: We apologize if we have missed your photo or project details. CityServe receives no funding and it is a very small team that elevates the great work being done by CityServe groups and volunteers. If we have missed your project and you would like your photos to be included please send us a reminder. If you would like to help us with these logistics in 2018 please let us know. If you would like to donate to help resource CityServe into the future the giving details are below.
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