More than 100 staff from CBRE’s Perth offices will embrace their philanthropic spirit this month, when they join forces to undertake a major rejuvenation project at not-for-profit organisation, Cyrenian House, in Rockingham.
Groups of 20 to 30 CBRE employees will work alongside residents of Serenity Lodge Therapeutic Community (TC) each day during the week long project, which will run November 23 to 27, to revitalise the TC’s communal external facilities.
Serenity Lodge is one of two residential therapeutic communities operated by Cyrenian House – one of WA’s largest alcohol and other drug treatment services - providing its residents with safe, inclusive and supportive community-orientated treatment for alcohol and other drug misuse issues.
CBRE is aiming to raise $50,000 to fund the project, which will include a new community garden, revamped courtyard, new playground, fishpond and barbecue area, as well as fruit trees, garden bed and new seating.
CBRE’s Managing Director, Western Australia, Lloyd Jenkins said CBRE was proud to support such an important cause.
“Substance misuse is, unfortunately, a very real problem in not just our community, but across Australia, and our team is proud to support the great work Cyrenian House do by stepping up and assisting with the valuable service they provide to many Western Australians,” Mr Jenkins said.
“It is amazing what can be achieved when people unify together around one goal and we hope by pulling together as a team, we can support Cyrenian House to continue its work in the community.”
The project marks the largest volunteering initiative undertaken by CBRE in Australia, with almost all of the firm’s Western Australia employees getting involved.
Cyrenian House CEO Carol Daws welcomed the project, saying it would significantly enhance the environment for the benefit of its residents.
“The grounds at Serenity Lodge are in desperate need of a facelift – we need an area where residents are able to relax and unwind after their therapeutic interventions, engage with the pleasant surroundings and interact with family and friends as they reconnect with their community,” Ms Daws said.