The Habitat for Humanity project officially opened over the weekend, and was well attended, with family and friends of the Macela, Bell & Knight families, and local council members including Anthony Durkin, Kevin Walker and the Mayor Ian Gosper.
Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit charity that seeks land to be donated. The charity then uses the land to construct housing suitable for families that cannot afford a normal mortgage.
All profits and materials are donated to the project which has enabled the charity to be an international success by providing accommodation and housing for families every 8 minutes.
Each partner family chosen for the housing must contribute 500 hours of Sweat Equity, in which they must voluntarily help with the building process in order for their application to be successful.
James Isaacs has voluntarily contributed to this project for the past 2 ½ years. In the last few weeks he worked more than 12 hours per day to enable a fast result and provide a comfortable, and liveable houses for the families. Both James and his wife Kari have poured their heart and soul (not to mention blood, sweat and tears) into the project and were very relieved, yet satisfied with the outcome.
“The program and concept I think is a fantastic concept, but we did meet some challenges, especially with the materials. Trying to convert an ex-army shed from the Vietnam War into a comfortable house is not easy.
But the look on the resident’s faces was well worth it, especially when the kids came up to me and thanked me for building them a home”. James Isaacs said.
James Isaacs would like the thank his very own team, Hansons Concrete, George Clarke Concreting, James Buckley Plumbing, Bunnings, Kirk Thomas Landscaping and Richard McCudden Painting. He would also like to thank one of the directors of Habitat, James Allardice for his commitment and support.
Image: L-R Macela family (Asher, Anika & Tara), Corey Knight, Mayor Ian Gosper, Cr Anthony Durkin, Habitat for Humanity Director James Allardice, James Isaacs and Phillip Bell.