South West News, Brisbane 07 Aug 2013
WHEN the Rotary Club of Inner Brisbane West looked over plans for Endeavour Foundation’s building at Wacol two years ago, some members muttered the task of supporting the construction was too big for the small group of 25.
But organiser Ken Saunders said the club needed a big project to define what they stood for in the community.
“There were members who were concerned it was too big for us and we wouldn’t get there,’’ Mr Saunders said.
Founder of building and civil engineering company Canstruct Robin Murphy was also a member of the Rotary Club and used Canstruct’s resources to design plans for the building free of charge.
For two years, the Rotary club worked towards raising a staggering $250,000 for the construction through private donations as well as sausage sizzles and raffles.
The construction was handled by Canstruct and subcontractors pitched in with donations of materials including fire reels, cement board and steel.
Rotary members also poured their sweat into planting 150 trees and 1010 young plants, moving 60cu m of mulch and laying 400sq m of turf.
Mr Saunders said the club was extremely proud of its contribution to the finished product. The $3m Endeavour Foundation Packaging Solutions facility is expected to employ around 220 people with a disability.
“It hasn’t hit home yet that we’ve finished,” Mr Saunders said.
Ken Saunders, Bill Watson and Bob McDonnell from the Rotary Club.