Kingston Lions Club donate $350 for our clients to build a Chicken Coop

Written on the 2 August 2016

Jackie, Warren and Jeffrey - three housemates and friends with disability who we support to live independently in Kingston have received a $350 donation from the local Kingston Lions Club to assist in the building of a chicken coop to put in their garden.

The group wrote a letter and approached the Kingston Lions Club for their support with the project; "Once we heard about the project we were delighted to be involved. We are happy that our small contribution can have such a large impact and support people with disability to realise their goals, said Yvonne Emery Past President of Kingston Lions Club. 

Mark Kulinski, Chief Executive of Community Living Australia said; "Dreams come in all different shapes and sizes and building a chicken coop and owning some chickens was very important to Jackie, Warren and Jeffrey. As an organisation we are always looking to support our clients to fulfil their dreams and it is great to have been able to help Jackie, Warren and Jeffrey to achieve one. This is not their only goal and we will continue to support each of them to reach many more goals and live happy and fulfilling lives."

With Jackie, Warren and Jeffrey all being keen gardeners the chickens will provide a natural fertiliser source for their garden beds and will also ensure that the vegie scraps are used and go to a good cause. Aside from the amount of enjoyment and fun they will receive from feeding and looking after the chickens, they are also looking forward to saving some money and having their own supply of eggs for breakfast each morning.

Local Team Leader of Community Living Australia's services in the Kingston area, Sara Scrivener added; "To incorporate the building of daily living skills, responsibility, fun and community involvement in one project is absolutely fantastic. I am so pleased the guys' goals are being met, and the sense of pride and joy they received when I told them the request had been accepted was unbelievable. They can't wait and have already picked out their names for the chickens!"

Warren is a member of the local Men's Shed here in Kingston and has enlisted their help in the designing and building of the coop. "It's a great little project and one we are proud to be involved with. It makes me and the other guys at the Men's Shed proud that we can contribute to such a personal project and make a difference in the lives of others," said Rodney Hancock from the Men's Shed.

"On behalf of Community Living Australia and our clients I would like to thank the Kingston Lions Club and the Men's Shed for their support. We are always looking for opportunities to work with other community groups to provide value and opportunities to our clients, people with disability and the local community," added Mr Kulinski.


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