Build a brighter future for Fijian families

James Grant

Published June 06, 2016 11:37

James Grant, from BT Life, nominated Habitat for Humanity Australia for a Brighter Futures Grant in Round 6 to fund the construction of a home for a Fijian family. Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organisation which works with low income families to build simple, affordable houses in more than 94 countries.

James, who has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for the past two years in Cambodia and the Philippines, is now calling for volunteers to join him in Fiji to help construct the home this September.

For one week, James’ team will assist families living in disaster-affected communities to construct new homes. Team members will get their hands dirty on the worksite mixing cement, painting and everything in between, interact with the families, experience the country like a local and form new friendships and lifelong memories.

For those considering getting involved, James said there was nothing more satisfying that physically building a home, and actually meeting those who will live in it.

“I promise this one week will be more rewarding that anything you have done before. It’s soul cleansing, heart warming and you will come away feeling like you have accomplished something really, really special,” James said.

James said working for Suncorp, an organisation that supports and recognises his passion and support for the charity that’s most special to him, was particularly rewarding.

“When you are passionate about something, having the support of those around you is always the best feeling. In my fundraising efforts I asked for some of my work colleagues to sponsor me to go and build house for those in need. The Brighter Futures Grant was the icing on the cake.

“The fact that Suncorp appreciated and recognised my efforts makes me so proud to work here,” he said.

Find out more and join the team by 10 July.

The Community Grant covers the cost of materials, however, volunteers will need to raise enough money to cover their own expenses.

Round 7 of Brighter Futures Grants is now open until 30 June. Build a brighter future for a cause you’re passionate about by applying for a Local Grant of up to $1,000 or a Community Grant of $1,000 to $10,000 to address a health and wellbeing challenge in the community. Apply now.