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Wesley Vision Valley gets a Downer facelift

15 August 2016 Wesley Mission news

Downer groupWesley Mission’s conference, retreat and recreation centre, Wesley Vision Valley, recently received a much appreciated facelift courtesy of engineering group, Downer.

More than 60 people from Downer’s Road Services Network Management team breathed new life into our auditorium, conference rooms and chapel with fresh paint and repairs. They also constructed a retaining wall, built a second archery area and cleared overgrown brush around the 100 acres of magnificent bushland in north west Sydney - a truly impressive effort that has made an enormous impact.

“We really wanted to be able to engage with our local community and Wesley Vision Valley was the obvious choice for us as they work closely with community groups and underprivileged children, and it was great giving something back to them for the services they provide,” said Alison Devereaux, Commercial Manager, Downer group, who was responsible for organising the event.

“A number of our employees work on the maintenance contract that cover the local area, so having them come in and give a day of their time helping out a local charity was a very meaningful experience for them,” said Stuart Billing, the team’s national general manager.

“Over the past year, Wesley Vision Valley staff have supported 23,157 guests to create memorable experiences and re-learn how to work as a team,” said Andrew Moore, Executive Manager, Wesley Conferences & Recreation.

“Keeping a large Australian bush-based conference and recreation facility in good shape is a constant challenge. We are excited to have the team from Downer donating their time and talent to help us paint, regenerate and refresh the site so we can help more people next year.

“Our mission is to do all the good we can – because every life matters and we are grateful to have Downer and their skills on the journey with us,” said Andrew.

Jess Warner, Operations Manager, Wesley Conference & Recreation said the volunteers provided much needed help for those jobs that were out of reach for the centre staff.

“It was amazing to have volunteers that were keen to get stuck in and do the work, but also took the time to chat to staff and understand why the Downer Volunteer Day is important to Wesley Vision Valley. And they were so efficient at getting all the work done!

“We certainly now have a number of spaces that we can show off and tell people that without the help of Downer, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what they did in one day,” Jessica said.

For more than 40 years, Wesley Mission has provided experiences to people from all walks of life so they can enjoy our life changing camps, retreat and recreation facilities.

Read about Wesley Mission’s corporate volunteering program to find out how you and your colleagues can become involved and reap the benefits of doing all the good you can!