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Habitat For Humanity Australia

Whether it’s a bolthole in the city or a suburban ‘castle’, everyone deserves the security of a place to call home. While a roof over our head is a comfort that most of us take for granted, Habitat For Humanity Australia (HFHA) knows that for many people in our region adequate shelter is simply beyond their means.

As a corporate social responsibility partner, the Flight Centre corporate brands have been working with HFHA for many years in line with our company-wide commitment to make a difference to the communities where we work, live and play. This year two Stage and Screen staff, along with other Flight Centre corporate employees, are heading to mainland Fiji to build a local home with HFHA.

Stage and Screen National Operations Leader, Adam Moon and Travel Manager, Ruth Sucgang have both been selected to join the 15-strong team and are busy fundraising to reach the $2250 target which each participant must raise. The money raised is used to purchase building materials for the construction and both are working towards their target through raffles, workplace donations (which are matched dollar-for-dollar by Flight Centre) and donations from family and friends.

“Our corporate staff support a Habitat For Humanity project each year and I’ve been really inspired by other colleagues who have participated and described it as a life changing experience and an incredible thing to do,” said Adam. From 17 to 24 August the team of volunteers will be sweating it out in Fiji to help put a roof over the head of a local family – many of whom are still coping with the destruction left by Cyclone Winston in 2016.

“While many Australians see Fiji is a tropical holiday paradise, behind the picture perfect beaches poverty is a real problem,” said Adam. Official statistics estimate that 31% of people live in poverty, however the local social services council estimate that the figure is closer to 60%. The number of people living in substandard housing is also on the rise, with many families living in accommodation without running water, sanitation facilities, rubbish disposal facilities or electricity.

Adam is looking forward to working with the other volunteers and local tradespeople to build the home – and to doing his part to ensure one more family has a safe place to live.

 

To support Adam and Ruth visit:

http://support.habitat.org.au/AdamMoon
http://support.habitat.org.au/Roo

 

For more information about the Flight Centre Corporate Build and Habitat For Humanity Australia visit:

 https://habitat.org.au/flight-centre-corporate/