In February 2018, Sam Donaldson, Mark Lawson and Leons Ansons, who work for Laing O’Rourke and Fulton Hogan at the North Eastern Program Alliance, will be competing in New Zealand’s Kathmandu Coast to Coast World Multi-Sport Adventure Race to raise money and awareness for Clean Force Property Services.
Social enterprise Clean Force Property Services provides top-notch commercial cleaning services and create sustainable award-wage employment opportunities for people with severe mental illness. Clean Force have assisted well over 200 workers with mental illness and physical disabilities towards independent living, inclusion and integration into all aspects of the community.
In teams, Sam, Mark and Leons have two days and under 24 hours to cover 243km of tough terrain starting on the West Coast of New Zealand at Kumara Beach, crossing the main divide and finishing on the East Coast at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch. The brutal and challenging race includes a 70km kayak, 33.7km of mountain running and 140km of cycling.
The team is targeting to raise well over $10,000 in donations by the end of the event to help Clean Force support some of the most disadvantaged people in Victoria and New South Wales. All money raised will go straight to Clean Force, and will be used to buy new hard floor cleaning equipment as well as providing education and training to employees in rejuvenating hard floor surfaces. This training will give employees a fantastic new skill set, allowing them to undertake more and varied tasks during their working day, as well as providing increased confidence in their own abilities.
The North Eastern Program Alliance engaged Clean Force back in April 2017 and Clean Force employees perform cleaning services almost every day of the week across project offices in Melbourne.
Stacey Palmer, Social Inclusion Manager for the North Eastern Program Alliance says “Clean Force are a pleasure to have as part of the NEPA team and it is extremely fulfilling knowing we are creating a positive impact by having them as part of our supply chain. As at November 2017, the North Eastern Program Alliance have spent $33,012.78 with Clean Force which strongly benefits people with disabilities and creates awareness of social procurement in our industry.”
The team will be going the distance and donations are encouraged to achieve this massive challenge. Any monetary support that you can provide will support Clean Force’s mission to provide a bridge for people to enter the workforce who without assistance would remain excluded.