City Plumber rallies tradie mates to deliver a semi-trailer of Christmas support to Tamworth farmers and their families.
Over the past few months leading up to Christmas, city plumber Paul Skordilis has rallied local tradies to help make a difference this Christmas for Tamworth Farmers and their families. What he thought would just be a small load and a ute sufficient to transport supplies, turned into a 18 pallet semi-trailer and included 4000 litres of bottled water.
A small team from all different trades and backgrounds show us that good old Aussie mate-ship and helping out where you can no matter how big or small is very much alive and appreciated.
“I heard first hand from a mate who has family ties in rural NSW about the real plight the farmers are facing. This was further exacerbated of course by the bush fires sweeping through the state” Paul recounts.
“After hearing about the amazing work of local Tamworth foundation ‘Doing it for the Farmers’ from this mate of mine, Marco Armano, we knew it was something we wanted to be involved with and do our bit to help.”
Sue Ellen Wilkin runs the ‘Doing it for the Farmers’ Pantry in Tamworth which allows struggling farming families to essentially shop for basics necessities for free. Items such as bottled water, nonperishable food items, house hold goods and personal items. Pauls plan was simply to collect as many of these supplies as he could and drive them personally to Sue Ellen at the Pantry in Tamworth.
Paul with the help of his wife and sister made sure his call out was pushed out through Sydney Premiums Plumbing Instagram page. But it was Paul’s strong relationships, face to face meetings and hundreds of phone calls with colleagues, family and friends that made this happen.
Paul’s team at Sydney Premium Plumbing along with the support of his mates and other small businesses achieved donations estimated at $10,000.00 worth of pantry items.
Paul laughs before commenting “We were originally thinking that we could drive the ute up to Tamworth. We weren’t anticipating the support and donations that we received. My cousin Mark was able to organise a semi-trailer which we drove up to Tamworth just prior to Christmas with the rest of us following in our utes. Big road trip, took us around 7 hours.”
“We are so grateful for the support we received from family and friends and the generosity of various small businesses. We are blown away by the well wishes and thanks we received from many people on social media. But its not about us, its about the farmers and their families. There is no better feeling then helping support other hard-working families.”
The semi-trailer of Christmas support arrived in Tamworth on Friday afternoon 13th December 2019. Paul was accompanied by a few family members, friends, Rob at Politech Airconditioning, About Plumbing Time, Chris Mitchell Plumbing and Next Step Plumbing to help unload.
If you would like to donate to ‘Doing it for the Farmers’ visit:
Sydney Premium Plumbing wishes to personally thank:
- Politech Airconditioning
- About Plumbing Time
- Chris Mitchell Plumbing
- Next Step Plumbing
- Divine Kitchens
- Reece Plumbing Wetherill Park
- Zoe Palombit
- Napoli Foods
- The team at Costco Auburn
- Blackbird Creations for their graphic design support