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Kennards House gives kids a chance

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article image At the official opening of Kennards House (l to r): Angus Kennard, Max Connery (Stepping Stone House co-founder), Finn Callanan (house manager), Pru Goward, Michael McHugh (former High Court judge and patron), Steve Taylor (Total Construction)

Equipment hire specialist, Kennards Hire has funded a second project by the community-based charity, Stepping Stone House for homeless teenagers.  

Kennards House, the new residential facility for teenagers who are homeless through no fault of their own, was opened by NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward.  

This is the second project completed by Stepping Stone House with funding provided by Kennards Hire and the Kennard family, and labour donated by building company Total Construction.  

Several sub-contractors and building materials firms also helped with the extensive renovation of a dilapidated Federation house in Sydney’s inner-western suburbs.

Ms Goward said the project was a great example of the ‘will, passion and innovation’ that the non-government sector could provide to tackle a major problem.

Committed to providing medium to long term residential services for young people, Stepping Stone House has no religious or political connections, receives no permanent government funding and relies on the generosity of community members and volunteers.  

Kennards Hire Group director Angus Kennard comments that Stepping Stone House makes a significant and long-lasting difference to the lives of several teenagers.  

According to Kennards Hire Group CEO John Tolmie, the company believes that it can make a difference to the lives of a lot of kids by helping to provide them with a safe, family-style environment while they develop the tools they need to make a decent life.  

Generous donations were made by:  

  • Demolition & excavation: Tia Civil    
  • Concrete placement: Ancon Development Group    
  • Plumbing works: Norwest Plumbing    
  • Electrical: MDS ElecPower    
  • Windows and doors: Precision Glass & Aluminium    
  • Kitchen cabinetry: Samways    
  • Tiling: 3D tiling company    
  • Cleaning: Weston Sparkles Australia    
  • Plumbing supplies: Cooks Plumbing Supplies    
  • Timber: Boral Timber    
  • Bricks: Boral Building Products    
  • Concrete: Boral Clay and Concrete    
  • Water proofing: Ultraseal    
  • Beds: A H Beard

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