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From high-rise office to down-to-earth maintenance

- March 14, 2012

Scrubbing, cleaning, sanding and painting – just another day at work for the professionals at GE Finance.

Six hardy volunteers from GE Finance visited The Infants’ Home this week to help with various maintenance tasks.

After a quick lesson about The Infants’ Home’s 137-year history and an outline of the work we do today, the small work gang swung into action.

Maggie Camilleri gets down to work with a brush and suds.


Swapping clients for a day in the yard

Paul Sembi, Maggie Camilleri, Ket Nguyen, Tom Bisson, Peter Ng and Chris Naylor would normally spend their working day dealing with clients and maintaining IT systems in the GE Fleet and Equipment Finance section based in Parramatta. 

But after downing their coffees and a few cans of V energy drink the team put their shoulders to the wheel for a very different cause.

Ket and Peter sanding

Ket Nguyen and Peter Ng sand back some old wooden toys to give them a new lease of life.


On the go…

The team spent the day cleaning windows and doors, tidying up a toy shed, scrubbing play equipment, sanding and re-varnishing wooden toys and repairing a sandpit cover.

Maggie Camilleri and Paul Sembi work on the same team at Parramatta. And so they were again at The Infants’ Home – a little wet and covered in suds as they scrubbed some children’s outdoor play equipment.

“I would normally be sitting behind a computer screen but it’s great to be outdoors doing something completely different – especially on a day like today,” says Camilleri.  “My boss also asked me to keep an eye on Paul to make sure he does his share.”

Maggie and Paul scrubbing Tom fixing

(L) Maggie Camilleri and Paul Sembi scrub some play equipment and (R) Tom Bisson mends a sand pit cover. 


More than a helping hand

The Infants’ Home CEO Anita Kumar says there is a serious side behind the light-hearted nature of a good, old-fashioned working bee.

“Whenever we have a group here to help us with maintenance they are continuing a long tradition of corporate volunteering that makes a real difference to our work with vulnerable children,” says Anita.

“GE has been one of our most dedicated supporters. We love having them here and we always appreciate their efforts to help keep our grounds and equipment in good shape.”

Ket tidying

Ket Nguyen puts his back into cleaning up a play shed at The Infants' Home.

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