ETU and Electrogroup join with others and Salvos to spread Christmas cheer

Electrogroup electrical apprentices assemble 50 donated bikes for needy kids

Unions and Employers come to the party to spread Xmas cheer

The Electrical Trades Union and Electrogroup Apprentices have joined with Master Electrician Assoc, MEGT and Challenge Employment and Training to spread some much-needed Christmas cheer through the Salvation Army this year.

Electrogroup’s Donna Pickford will handed over fifty bikes to the Salvation Army at Electrogroup’s Rocklea training centre at 10.30am today.

Ms Pickford said the bikes and helmets have been bought using donations from the supporters mentioned above and they have been assembled by electrical apprentices in their own time.

“We are really proud to be involved in this collective initiative to bring some Christmas cheer to needy kids, the support from the apprentices, the ETU and employer groups has been fantastic”

ETU State Secretary Peter Ong said Christmas is often a tough time for families struggling to make ends meet and it is often the kids that suffered the most.

“We know how tough it can be out there for families and being able to throw in a bit of coin to help out is what unions do, I was really impressed with the Electrogroup apprentices who gave up their time to assemble the bikes, that’s a cool selfless thing to do”

Pickford says she hopes to make the initiative an annual event and calls on other training providers to step up and get involved in similar initiatives.

“The look on a kid’s face when they open up a present like a bike on Christmas day after tough times will be priceless, as community members we all have an obligation to give something back”