Corporate volunteers swap suits for shovels to help Mater families

Corporate volunteers swap suits for shovels to help Mater families

Families of Mater patients from across Queensland will soon enjoy freshly landscaped gardens thanks to the volunteering efforts of ConocoPhillips and K&L Gates staff. 

The two companies joined forces to help revitalise the gardens of the recently refurbished Mater Hill  House—a purpose-built, accommodation facility for families of regional patients.

These patients regularly make the long journey from regional Queensland to Brisbane to receive specialised care. 

For many, this is a regular event, impacting their families who join them in Brisbane. Mater Hill House aims to alleviate some of the emotional and financial burden on families, by providing low-cost accommodation, close to Mater hospitals.

With workforces located in Brisbane and Gladstone, ConocoPhillips understands the difficulties faced by families in regional areas, and was proud to give back to the Queensland community by volunteering on the Mater Hill House project. 

Seven staff welcomed the opportunity to get out of the office and get their hands dirty. 

Mater will also benefit from a contribution as part of the ConocoPhillips Employee Volunteer Grants Program in recognition of the volunteer hours. 

Law firm K&L Gates has a special connection with Mater which was why they chose to get four staff members involved.

One of K&L Gates’ employees has a nephew who was born prematurely at Mater more than nine years ago. Thanks to the care this Mater little miracle received, he is now a healthy and happy nine year old boy. 

 “Being able to assist with a project that is going to help people in need quite simply makes you feel good,” one corporate volunteer said.

“It is fabulous to have such a great organisation set up to provide this opportunity with ease. Thank you Mater Foundation, we will be back!”

Thanks to the efforts of our corporate volunteers, the families who require this accommodation will now be able to have a more peaceful and comfortable stay.

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