Schiavello workstations have been shipped to the Ha’apai Island group in Tonga, to help rebuild schools, government offices, local hospitals and Red Cross facilities, which were destroyed by Cyclone Ian in January, 2014.
Project Manager Gisela LaPoint recently facilitated the recycle with Schiavello demolition contractor Tycen, during a recent project in NSW. Over 215 pieces of furniture which were landfill bound, but still in excellent condition were transported; including Newtech II Desking, System 55 panels and Systemet Peds.
18 villages across six islands in Ha’apai were affected by Cyclone Ian with 1,094 buildings destroyed or damaged. 80% of its people (5, 500) were severely affected or left homeless, with the total damage bill estimated at $63 million dollars.
The donation was so well received by the Tongan Government, the initiative will remain ongoing. Schiavello Project Manager, Gary Smyth, will coordinate additional aid when demolition works continue on the project later in the year.
Through supporting neighbouring communities and reducing the environmental impact of products, the operation highlights opportunities for the future to demonstrate a commitment to economic, social and environmental values.
Watch the video from Tycen’s charity organisation Heilala.