Road workers raise $5000 for Lithgow Can Assist

LOCAL SOLIDARITY: Seymour Whyte Constructions project team and subcontractors for the Great Western Highway Upgrade with Olive Ward and Leslie Townsend from Can Assist. Picture: SUPPLIED.
LOCAL SOLIDARITY: Seymour Whyte Constructions project team and subcontractors for the Great Western Highway Upgrade with Olive Ward and Leslie Townsend from Can Assist. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Construction workers on the safety upgrade between Hartley Valley and Forty Bends have raised $5,200 for a Lithgow community group while working on the local highway. 

Construction company, Seymour Whyte, have been hosting monthly barbecues for their employees while working on the Great Western Highway, and the company has donated the proceedings to Lithgow Can Assist. 

BIG CHEQUE: Can Assist members Olive Ward and Leslie Townsend said they would miss their regular meetings with Seymour Whyte road workers.

BIG CHEQUE: Can Assist members Olive Ward and Leslie Townsend said they would miss their regular meetings with Seymour Whyte road workers.

Can Assist members Leslie Townsend and Olive Ward headed to the construction site in the early morning of Wednesday, July 5, to pick up the large cheque. 

“I got emotional,” Ms Townsend said. 

“But I always get emotional when I am talking about cancer.”

Seymour Whyte project manager Kym Jessep extended his gratitude to local contractors Gracey & Son Earthmoving, who has been a “massive supporter” of the project’s fundraising efforts.

CAN ASSIST LITHGOW BRANCH: Branch members have been busy raising money through barbecues, canteens and raffles.

CAN ASSIST LITHGOW BRANCH: Branch members have been busy raising money through barbecues, canteens and raffles.

“It has been a real pleasure to be able to give something back to the community that has welcomed us with open arms since work started two and a half years ago,” Mr Jessep said.

“Seymour Whyte and our subcontractors and suppliers are happy to be able to contribute to Can Assist, which is run by people like Lesslie and Olive who do such fantastic work for community members in need of a helping hand.”

CONTRACTORS CARE: Ant Tuit, Natasha Staines, Peter Gracey, Olive Ward, Leslie Townsend, Erin Clarke and Kym Jessep.

CONTRACTORS CARE: Ant Tuit, Natasha Staines, Peter Gracey, Olive Ward, Leslie Townsend, Erin Clarke and Kym Jessep.

Lithgow Can Assist provides financial assistance to people impacted by cancer. 

  • Can Assist Lithgow’s fundraising event, ‘Bogan Bingo’, to be held at the Workies on Friday, July 12, has sold out.