A tidy sum for jobs to keep Dalby trim

Waminda’s Grounds Maintenance Service is an innovative program within the Dalby community, offering open employment opportunities in tandem with jobs for people with a disability. Now, thanks to a $12,000 Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund grant, the social enterprise can buy new equipment and tender for even more projects.

One of three successful non-profit awards from the Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund, the grant was announced by Endeavour Foundation CEO Andrew Donne.

“We’re extremely pleased to be able to help such a valuable social enterprise grow and sustain itself into the future,” Mr Donne said.

“We know that people with a disability have so much to offer our communities, and we’re delighted to support an enterprise which is committed to inclusivity.”

Waminda General Manager, Malcolm Irvine, said: “This generous grant has been spent in Dalby to buy a new lawnmower, brush-cutters, a pressure cleaner and safety clothing for our team. We will spend some of the grant on advertising and marketing our enterprise. What this means for Waminda is that the money we earn goes on wages for people in the community who live with a disability. For the community, it means local money is spent locally.”

Brothers Beau, 26, and David Jye Sandeman, 30, have found the experience life changing.

“After three years without a job, Waminda gave me an opportunity. I was in a really bad way and they’ve bent over backwards for me,” David said.

“Now we’ve got the new gear we’re in pretty good shape, so we can take on anything anyone needs around town.”

His younger brother Beau says he relishes the opportunity to meet people.

“Waminda have been pretty good to me – as well as our jobs they’ve helped us move into our own place and even helped us with furniture.

“I enjoy the work too. Doing the mowing is fun, because I use the ride-on, but I also like that we go to lots of different buildings and we’re able to meet people and help people.”

The Endeavour Foundation Endowment Challenge Fund is a public benevolent institution that seeks to benefit the wider Australian disability sector as a whole, with an emphasis on inclusion for people with an intellectual disability.

It is a capital-preserved fund, with donations invested and interest earned used to support Endowment Challenge Fund annual grants.

For further details go to www.endowmentchallengefund.com.au .