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While thousands of people are counting down to this year’s RACQ Technology Challenge in Maryborough, supported employees at Endeavour Foundation Industries are proving they’re up for the Challenge.
Supported employees John Pendleton, Alex Burlinson and Russell Bright will forgo a sleep-in this weekend and be up at 4.00am to join this annual community volunteering event.
For John it will be his fifth year of the Challenge, which he said was a great way for him to actively participate in the community.
“I like helping out because it’s a fun event and I get to meet new people,” John said.
John, who will work from 6.00am to 8.00pm Saturday, said he was particularly looking forward to seeing the bikes, push carts, robotic entries and model boats at this year’s Challenge, which showcases innovative science and engineering pieces.
John has been with Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough for 17 years as a machinery operator, fork lift operator and chief rag cutter.
“I like the work here – I like being trained to do different jobs and seeing my friends at work,” John said.
John’s colleague Russell, who has been with Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough for nine years and works machinery, is looking forward to his first time volunteering at the Challenge, despite the early start.
He will volunteer as part of the SES group. “It will be good to work there with my SES mates and to see what the Challenge is all about,” Russell said.
This year is also Alex’s first time volunteering at the Challenge and he is most looking forward to seeing the model cars and solar bikes.
“It will be good – I am interested in seeing how entrants have made new things and to also get out and talk to people in the community,” Alex said.
Alex has been with Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough for five years and works on machinery in the industrial cloth and wooden peg operations.
Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough Manager Scott Reed praised the trio’s community spirit.
“John, Russell and Alex are valued and respected team members who are happy to help in the community,” Scott said.
“They are an inspiration to their peers and to the management team at Endeavour Industries Maryborough.”
Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough employs 49 people with a disability.
Along with providing employment opportunities Endeavour Foundation Industries provides extensive training and development in a supportive environment.
The service produces wooden stakes and pegs, cuts industrial cleaning cloth and provides a confidential document destruction service.
It is one of 26 Endeavour Foundation Industries sites in Queensland and Sydney which provide employment opportunities to more than 1,850 people with a disability.
All Endeavour Foundation Industries proceeds go toward providing accommodation, education and employment opportunities to people with a disability.
For details of services and opportunities at Endeavour Foundation visit www.endeavour.com.au or call 4120 9944. For details of the RACQ Technology Challenge Maryborough visit www.technologychallenge.com.au.
Jo Glover, Media and Communications Officer
Phone: (07) 3908 7257, 0429 065 440
Fax: (07) 3253 7271