Not everyone feels generous upon receiving an out of the blue phone call soliciting a donation. Especially when that donation is worth $5,000.
But for business partners Chris North and John Curry, the phone call was “no coincidence.” It was a call to action, a way to give back to the community that a decade earlier had embraced their humble product and helped launch it onto an international stage which now stretches as far as the Middle East.
As one of the owners of Quatro Design, Australia’s leading manufacturer of glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) products for the landscape industry, Chris says the phone call he received was from Wishlist asking for his company’s help in supplying large pots and planters for an internal garden being built in Nambour Hospital.
A Wishlist initiative, the garden would see the unused space on Block 3 in Nambour Hospital transformed into a peaceful, plant-filled haven away from the clinical environment of the hospital. It would not only provide a much-needed time out space for hospital staff, but also for patients and their families, especially those from Antenatal, the Special Care Nursery, Paediatric Outpatients and the Children’s Ward.
Chris said the Company was happy to come on board immediately, donating more than $5,000 worth of GRC pots and planter boxes to the project.
“We started Quatro Design in 2004 in Billinudgel in Northern NSW but launched our brand and sold our first product at the Nambour Garden Show in mid-2004,” Chris recalled.
“John and I thought it was no coincidence when Wishlist contacted us from Nambour in the month leading up to our tenth anniversary. We felt that giving back to the community that had helped us launch our company and products onto the Australian market would be a small token of appreciation for their support all those years ago.”
The garden is now complete and being used as a relaxing fresh air retreat for hospital patients and staff. “I know through personal experience that supporting loved ones through illness can be a heart wrenching and devastating experience,” Chris said. “If our donation has helped in creating an environment which assists hospital staff, patients and their families to feel less stressed and supports them on their road to recovery, it makes my heart sing and fills me with joy.”
A truly collaborative labour of love, the internal garden came together as a result of many in the community pitching in to get the project completed at minimal cost. Furniture worth $2,700 was donated by The Outdoor Furniture Specialists and the Brisbane Bombers NRL Expansion Bid, and the vertical garden’s potted colour was provided by Whiteoak Developments. Local removalist company Foxtrot Furniture Removals picked up and delivered all the plants for free. Local Westpac branches provided the manpower for the project with 20 volunteers achieving the makeover in just 3.5 hours.