Helping the Community in Which They Work

Brave kids fighting cancer in Queensland will soon have a few more welcome distractions as they undergo treatment

1 Jul 2012

AE Smith employees and contractors have banded together with Brisbane’s Royal Children’s Hospital to buy new Sony PlayStations and PlayStation games for the oncology ward and outpatients.

The initiative was supported by AE Smith Construction National General Manager Steve Jackson, who came into the role with a strong track record of philanthropy with children’s charities from his other AE Smith postings.

“Cancer treatment as we all know is extremely gruelling for these children. If we can help them take their minds from the challenges and the frustrations of treatment so they can concentrate on their health and well being, we are more than happy to do so,” Steve said.

Steve said the initiative would not have been possible without the commitment of Queensland Children’s Hospital Drawing Office Manager Gary Salkowski – who heads the drafting team for AE Smith at the hospital.

“Gary was really the dynamo behind pulling together our team and inspiring them to support a worthy cause,” Steve said.

“I am delighted he’s been able to extend AE Smith’s project at the Hospital into a fundraising initiative. We believe in helping people and this is a great example of our company values at work.”

“We had major contributions, all the staff have pitched in, as well as our subcontractors,” adds Gary.

“This has enabled us to purchase PlayStation consoles as well as many new games for kids and families that are doing it tough,” Gary said.

The idea to help came up after it was noticed there was a shortage of up-to-date working computers in the hospital for kids.

“There were old broken game consoles making the time that these kids spend in hospital even longer.

“Sometimes people can forget that at the end of the day these sick kids often don’t get a chance just to be kids. So much of their and their family’s energy goes towards fighting to get well it’s easy to minimise some of their other needs.

“But it’s important they continue to be allowed to just be kids and have normal social interaction.”

It didn’t take long to generate support for this fundraising project, with the AE Smith team at the hospital quick to embrace the enthusiasm for the cause.

“These really are a great bunch of people who understand the value in giving to the community in which they work,” he said.

Main pic: AE Smith QCH team. Gary Salkowski standing far right.

The new Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH), located south of Brisbane CBD is well on its way to possibly being Australia’s biggest trigeneration system. 

The mechanical services of the billion-dollar QCH development, which will include a trigeneration system capable of delivering up to 6MVA of electrical energy, is being built by AE Smith.