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There’s no place like a home for the homeless

first_img MORE PROPERTY STORIES “Last year that accommodation offered a second chance to 315 young Australians.”PIF takes the pressure off frontline charities by fundraising on their behalf and partnering with businesses that make homes for a living.For every dollar raised, participating members of the property and construction industry pledge in-kind support, through skills, labour and goods, to build everything from crisis accommodation, to more medium-term accommodation and transitional housing. Property Industry Foundation members give their time to build homeless youth housing.The Sydney-based charity was just about to start building in Queensland when COVID-19 hit. “We had 12 bedrooms in the pipeline for the Brisbane Youth Services,” she said.“One five-bedroom house and six individual units for that transitional age of 17, 18 and 19 who need independent living.”Among the 130 core donors who work with PIF are Hutchinson Builders, Lendlease and the national fit-out and refurbishment company SHAPE Australia, which was preparing to work pro bono as project managers for the new Queensland development.“I’m a new dad, I have a young boy who’s two years old,” SHAPE general manager for Queensland Josh Williams said. “It is heartbreaking to think that he could end up homeless.“We’re a family-focused company so any chance to give back is important to us.” Charities need to find more creative ways to raise money in a COVID-19 environment. Photo: David ClarkMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoSix Queensland members of SHAPE have signed up for the 30-day challenge, which began on July 20 with participants able to register at any time between now and August 18.“Me personally, I”m walking from Camp Hill into the city every day. The target for myself is to raise $5000,” Mr Williams said.One of the most recent PIF projects has been the renovation of St Laurence House, which provides medium-term youth accommodation for 13-18 year olds in Sydney.“It was critical really,” St Laurence House executive officer Nigel Parker said.“To have an extra bedroom and new bathrooms, it’s like a completely different house.“What they also did which is important, they also got a team of people to come in and replace all the furniture in the kids’ bedrooms. It’s beautiful and they also bought an outdoor setting and a new barbecue and some sports equipment. Bedrooms like this can help give a young person a fresh start in life.“I think it’s one of the most worthwhile things that you can do because for many small charities, they just don’t have the capacity to do renovations. For us it was about making the house feel more homelike.”For more information on the Property Industry Foundation’s 30-day fitness challenge visit pif30.com.au Mum power: The moment mum bought a house for the kids Paramedics renovate with an eye for safety Lorcan McCarthy, Steven Torta, Marc Vipond, Scott Ezzy and David Wood, of refurbishment company SHAPE Australia, in training to raise money for homeless youth. Photo: David ClarkAlmost $200,000 has already been raised in a fundraising drive to build homes for homeless young people as part of an initiative driven by the property and construction industry.With COVID-19 putting a stop to more traditional fundraising efforts, the Property Industry Foundation (PIF) has launched a 30-day fitness challenge and is inviting builders, tradies, designers, architects and real estate agents to take part before August 18, raising money to help the 44,000 people under the age of 24 who do not have a safe and secure place to sleep. Queensland property and building industry specialists, like the team from SHAPE, are taking part in the fundraise. Photo: David Clark“We’ve made 95 bedrooms in the past five years in houses of different sizes,” PIF chief executive Kate Mills said.last_img read more

Rodgers: Gerrard will bounce back

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has seen at first hand how captain Steven Gerrard bounces back from “hard moments” and the midfielder will be looking to make up for a double disappointment this weekend. The 34-year-old, left on the bench for the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, will be the centre of attention in the run-up to Saturday’s visit of unbeaten Premier League leaders Chelsea. Repeats of his slip which allowed Demba Ba to score at Anfield in April and set in motion the beginning of the end of the club’s title dream will be replayed on television screens throughout the country, and Chelsea fans will regularly remind him with a song they invented to mark the occasion. “I know there has been a bit of criticism for the selection but I think it is a disservice to the team that played,” he added. “The idea was to make sure we stayed in the game for 60-65 minutes and then open up the game with the quality of Steven’s passing, Raheem Sterling’s speed and Phil Coutinho’s creativity but we couldn’t get a goal. “I don’t look so much into it because any criticism that comes is part of what you take as a manager, but I didn’t think it was fair to call Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva or Adam Lallana a reserve player. “Those boys put in a great performance and they deserved more praise as opposed to the criticism which came. “It doesn’t affect me any way as I don’t listen to it, good or bad. I don’t have to justify it, the players justified it the other night. “Managers up and down the country are dealing in the reality of being a manager; it is not fantasy football, it is not on sentiment or on a computer, when we are picking teams we are dealing with the reality of players and their physical condition and tactics going into the game. “It was probably hard for you guys, you are not privy to some of the information I have so you probably wouldn’t have known Steven had a scan on his hamstring on the Monday before we travelled out. But it was always in the plan (for him to be left out) where he was at in terms of his games. “Those players who did play certainly didn’t do themselves any harm. For all of them it was a great opportunity.” One player still waiting for another chance is striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not played for Liverpool since August 31 after a thigh injury sustained on international duty was then compounded on his return to fitness by a calf problem suffered in training with his club three weeks ago. “Daniel is out on the field today with the rehab team, he was moving very well but he is probably a bit of time away I think,” said the Reds boss. Press Association It turned out to be a pivotal moment not only in the season but also in the club’s history as they fell agonisingly short of winning their first championship for 24 years. However, it has not been spoken of since at the club’s Melwood training ground. “I think it was probably more for you guys (the media). It was just an unfortunate thing for me,” said Rodgers, who revealed Gerrard had a scan on a hamstring before the squad flew out to Madrid on Monday. “It shows you the character of Steven. He has demonstrated that through his career. “He has had hard moments in his career and he always responds magnificently – there was no blame. “He was instrumental in our run last year and how well we played and he is a big character and bounces back from that.” Having been restricted to just 20 minutes as a substitute in Liverpool’s midweek glamour fixture, Gerrard is set to return to the starting line up along with a number of the seven who were left out at the Bernabeu. The rights and wrongs of Rodgers’ team in Madrid have been debated extensively since but he has brushed aside the controversy. last_img read more