Mt Thorley Warkworth CFMEU Members dig deep for Mai-Wel




On Friday 17th June, 2016, The Mai-Wel Group was delighted to receive a $5,000 donation from the CMFEU union members at Mt Thorley Warkworth Lodge.

Lodge Vice President, Mick Robbins, Secretary, Russell Prescott and Executive Member, Scott Baird, met with Mai-Wel CEO, Pennie Kearney, toured the organisation’s Head Office and businesses located in Telarah and presented the cheque which is a portion of the funds raised by CFMEU Mt Thorley Warkworth members.

Approx. 530 lodge members make a regular donation each pay, totalling more than $28,000 per annum, which is then divided up amongst a variety of local charities selected by members.  Other 2016 recipients include Ronald McDonald House, Canteen, Aspect Hunter and Sids and Kids.

Above: Mai-Wel CEO, Pennie Kearney, Executive Member, Scott Baird, Secretary, Russell Prescott and Lodge Vice President, Mick Robbins.

This was the first time that The Mai-Wel Group, a Hunter based disability service provider was selected as a recipient of the funds.

“Being a local boy, I’ve always known Mai-Wel was around.  It wasn’t until today that I learnt what actually happens there,” Russell Prescott, Lodge Secretary, said. 

The Warkworth representatives toured the Head Office site which accommodates Mai-Wel’s corporate services team as well as PACE Setters, a timber manufacturing business specialising in outdoor furniture, pallets and crates and The Enterprise Centre, a confidential document destruction business.  The two businesses employ approximately 60 people with a disability together with a small number of support staff.

“Our hope is that by giving back to our local community through charities such as The Mai-Wel Group, we can make a real difference in the lives of people within our community,” Russell said.

Mai-Wel CEO, Pennie Kearney, was delighted to receive the funds.

“The $5,000 donated is a fantastic contribution and will be allocated to Creative Arts at The Hub, Maitland.  Mai-Wel’s Creative Arts allows people with a disability and the wider community to engage their passion for creativity and provide an avenue for self-awareness, creative expression and community inclusion through participation in singing, dancing, drama, performance, arts and craft.”

“What’s most special about this donation is that it is made by people in the Hunter, for people in the Hunter.  Members of the Mt Thorley Walkworth CFMEU can rest assured their hard earned money will be used to advance the lives of people with a disability,” Pennie said.

The Mai-Wel Group has a 55+ year plus history of providing opportunity and choice to people with a disability or disadvantage.  Employing more than 300 staff across the company and 100 people with a disability within three businesses, the organisation is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider and champion’s individual decision making and choice for the people they support in their working life, living options and lifestyle and leisure opportunities.

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The Mai-Wel Group is one of the larger Disability Service Providers in the Lower Hunter Region, providing services and programs to more than 800 clients across nine Local Government Areas.

The Mai-Wel Group employs more than 170 local support and administrative staff in addition to 110 local supported employees. The ethos of The Mai-Wel Group carries throughout the organisation from management and staff, and on to clients.

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