Local GJ Gardner Homes leadership team set to conquer Kokoda Track

GJ Gardner Chief Operating Officer Simon Curtis and his wife Mel training for the trek

A team of 16 representatives of GJ Gardner Homes NSW and ACT including the Sunshine Coast based owner will be completing the gruelling Kokoda Track with the aim of raising $100,000 to support two important national charities. 

GJ Gardner Homes Chief Operating Officer Simon Curtis said he was pleased to have seven franchisees commit to undertake the trek from August 5-14 and in turn, support the vital work of Mates in Construction and Legacy Australia.

“From our head office here on the Sunshine Coast, I will be joined by our director Matt Hope, as well as our partners, along with male and female franchisees from across New South Wales including Shoalhaven and Wollongong, Dubbo, Sydney South, Hawkesbury, Wagga, Sapphire Coast as well as Mitchell in the ACT.

“It just shows the quality of the people leading our franchisees, including our leadership team, who are prepared to challenge themselves both physically and mentally in order to support those in the community who need it most. 

“The past few years have been particularly difficult within the construction industry due to a number of factors including the fallout from COVID-19, constant labour shortages as well as regular and steep increases in the cost of material. Thankfully we’ve been able to work through it all as a team and we’ve come out the other end a much better business,” Simon said.

Mates in Construction was established in 2013 to help reduce the high level of suicide among building and construction workers across Australia. The other supporting charity is Legacy which recently celebrated 100 years of helping hundreds of thousands of Australian widows, families and children who have lost a veteran after serving our nation.      

“Both these charities mean a lot to our business and our franchisees as well as our customers. We’ve already raised nearly $80,000 but we are determined to achieve our target by raising the full $100,000,” Simon said.

To support the GJ Gardner Homes team, visit: www.mycause.com.au/events/gjgardnernswkokoda2023



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