Gallagher women at work for world record attempt
The Gallagher Group joined forces with Habitat for Humanity in an attempt to break the world record for building a house in under 5 days. The charity event saw Gallagher volunteers demonstrating skills as builders, plumbers and electricians to help construct the house, which will provide a home for a Waikato family in need.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organisation. Habitat's aim is to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience. Since 1976 Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in 100 countries with a new house being completed every 24 minutes. Habitat for Humanity has housed more than 1 million people.
Homeowner families are chosen according to their need, their ability to repay their not-for-profit loan and their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat. Gallagher Group Ltd is thrilled to be part of the Habitat for Humanity program, fitting with Gallagher’s philosophy of giving something back to the community. Gallagher contributed twelve members of staff, all having the opportunity to help out in different areas. “We all had a great time putting our newfound skills with a hammer and nails to the test” says Gillian Crompton from the Gallagher Animal Management Systems marketing department.
Volunteers worked together in shifts, from the early morning to late at night to complete the house in less than 5 days. The only requirement for volunteers was to turn up with a smile, enthusiasm and willingness to work. Building supervisors provided all the tools, safety gear, and a little bit of advice.
The house, being constructed at the Waikato Rugby Stadium, will be transported to its new location in Huntly, approximately 40 minutes north of Hamilton.
The new home owners are extremely grateful for all the support and appreciate having the opportunity to own their own home. Everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed their time and worked extremely hard for the worthy family.
03 November 2005