Bunnings helps local worthy causes
KATH KIRK says the Remembrance Walkway and its garden in Ballina is a fine tribute to those were served during war, and it’s now even finer.
Staff from Bunnings stores in Ballina and Lismore were re-mulching and tidying up the walkway at the Ex-Services Home Ballina in preparation for Anzac Day.
Kath, a resident of the nursing home, takes a walk near the walkway’s garden every day.
Her late husband, Daniel, served in the Australian army in New Guinea during World War II as an infantry solider.
He passed away in 1992.
Kath said her husband’s service meant the garden had a personal significance for her.
And she has been a keen gardener all her life, and was thankful that the Bunnings’ team was spruicing it up on a voluntary basis.
“I think it’s lovely,” she said.
“I’m a gardener myself.
“And a gardener always loves a garden.”
She was thankful for the efforts of the Bunnings staff in tidying up the garden, saying the staff of the Ex-Services Home ‘worked their butts off’ and didn’t have time to re-mulch the garden.
The Remembrance Walkway was opened in June 2000 by the then Governor of NSW, His Excellency Gordon Samuels AC CVO.
It features plaques with information on the conflicts where Australians have served.
Bunnings staff tidied up another garden at the Ex-Services Home last year as part of a national initiative to support the ex-service community.
Susan Evans, from Bunnings Ballina, organised for the team of eight – four from the Ballina store and four from the Lismore store – to volunteer their time again this year to do the garden up.
“We wouldn’t be here if they (ex-service personnel) didn’t go to war for us,” she said.
“And we like to support the elderly.”
The garden will now be looking very good when the third annual Remembrance Walk is held at 10am on April 21 for residents who are not able to attend the Anzac Day parade in Ballina on April 25.
Richgrove provided a pallet of mulch, and Bunnings supplied two pallets.
Meanwhile, Bunnings staff from the Ballina store also were hard at work painting the inside of the Lennox Head-Alstonville Surf Club
The club’s vice-president – building, Michael Brown, said the building hadn’t been painted for about nine years and the surf club couldn’t afford the paint.
“I’m hoping the next time we paint it, we will be painting new walls,” he said, referring to the club’s plans to build a new clubhouse.
Those plans are only in the very early stages, with the surf club in discussions with Ballina Shire Council about their requirements.
Ten volunteers worked alongside the two Bunnings staff last week.
Bunnings also have offered paint for the exterior of the building, and the surf club is hoping for help from the community with labour.
Bunning staff member Lea Lockwood arranged for the interior painting to be done.
She said it was good to give back to an organisation which does great things for the community.
Taubmans supplied 100 litres of paint, Australian Brushware provided the paint brushes, Arlec donated six ceiling fans while Bunnings also chipped in with pots, plants and a park bench.
Nippon has promised 100 litres of paint for the building’s exterior.