Last Updated Aug 1, 2017 · Written by Hannah Fester
The story started last December, when hipages ran an online competition inviting kids all over Australia to submit a drawing of their dream cubby house. The winner of the competition was 10 year-old Tayla from Whittlesea, VIC, who submitted her drawing of The Royal Palace of Mischief and Magic.
Tayla’s dream cubby, brought to life at The Shepherd Centre
hipages gathered a team of local volunteer tradies to build a real life version of Tayla’s magical cubby house at The Shepherd Centre’s playground in Newtown; a leading organisation helping children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak.
The hipages volunteer Tradie Crew used their skills to firstly transform Tayla's drawing into a blueprint. They worked closely with the therapists of The Shepherd Centre to make the cubby suitable for the children to use in their learning sessions. The cubby was built with the children of The Shepherd Centre at the forefront of thought so a unique educational experience could be created.
The local tradies worked pro-bono to support this great community initiative, with over 250 hours of their time donated to help bring the dream cubby house to life. The real life version of the cubby house was revealed to the kids and families of The Shepherd Centre on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. It now plays a key role in helping the children learn as they play, bringing even more joy and wonder to their world.
The winning drawing is brought to life in a blueprint for build
Together, the hipages Tradie Crew work to get things done for those who need a helping hand. The Tradie Crew was formed when hipages’ zest to support others was matched with the same enthusiasm from some very passionate tradies. hipages wants to get things done and these tradies are excited about doing it.
So it seemed only fitting to collaborate with these individuals who share the same aspiration of being kind to others and making things happen for those who may need it. Our first stop working with the volunteer Tradie Crew would be The Shepherd Centre.
The Tradie Crew embodies the altruistic spirit hipages is so passionate about; understanding that many hands do make light work. The build of the dream cubby house exhibited this passion and showed each member of the Tradie Crew’s benevolent nature.
But the hipages Tradie Crew isn’t stopping there. With more work to be done, you will be seeing a lot more of these volunteer tradies, so keep an eye out for the next big project!
A couple of carpenters, a draftsman, a painter and an architect - this is the hipages Tradie Crew.
The Shepherd Centre is a world leader in the field of early intervention Auditory-Verbal Therapy. With five centres across NSW and ACT, The Shepherd Centre has assisted nearly 2,000 children who are hearing impaired. The Shepherd Centre also helps those families who live in rural and remote areas of Australia, as well as overseas locations through their residential workshop program and tele intervention program.
The centres provides families with assistance to help develop their children’s speaking and listening skills, aptly preparing them to be a fully contributing member of the community.
The dream cubby house, built by the hipages Tradie Crew, was made with the children of The Shepherd Centre in mind, ultimately making it a cubby like no other. The architect and head builder collaborated with the Shepherd Centre therapists to ensure the right auditory trimmings and sensory toys were included to enhance the children’s playing and learning experience. The cubby sits in the playground of The Shepherd Centre in their Newtown location, accessible for all children to use to play, learn and grow.