Gateway Containers Supports the Brisbane Community in 2020
‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR for short) is a rather cold term for a business supporting the local community and here at Gateway, even though our business is in cold steel shipping containers, we like doing nice things to help others out!
In 2020, Gateway Containers supported two local organisations with shipping container donations: Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue and Jack Reed’s 99 New Beginnings Project.
Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue
In their own words, “Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue’s focus is on animals with NO OPTIONS, days sometimes hours before they are due to be killed. We provide transport, safety, vet care, family foster homes, as well as training and rehabilitation. We pride ourselves in finding the most amazing fur-ever homes for our babies.”
It also has a sanctuary for animals that won’t find a forever home, which is open for tours by the general public.
At the beginning of 2020, Gateway Containers donated a 20ft shipping container to Deathrow Unchained to be used as an animal shelter.
When the rains hit at the beginning of summer 2020, the Deathrow Unchained site here in Brisbane was flooded out and many of the animals it was looking after had no shelter as a result. Quite a few of them had medical emergencies from the difficult position, a stressful time for humans and animals alike at the site.
The animal rescue charity needed reliable, sturdy structures that would keep their animals safe and dry. When Gateway Containers heard about the struggles Deathrow Unchained were facing we donated a second, 40ft container that met the needs of their animals.
Deathrow Unchained were extremely grateful and gave us this statement:
“Being home to over 160+ rescued animals in Brisbane QLD, we find our biggest challenge is providing shelter for our rescue residents. It is a never-ending battle to protect them against the harsh sun and tropical rains, and over time, our volunteer run rescue has discovered that shade sails just don’t last in such conditions.
We are so grateful for the ongoing generosity and assistance we have received from Gateway Containers. Providing us with free and heavily discounted containers and container shells has meant we have been able to outfit our special needs and disability paddocks with sturdy sleeping shelters. It has also enabled us to ensure safe feeding areas in our main paddock to keep our volunteers safe during feed times. Our team truly appreciate the kindness and compassion Gateway Containers have offered Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue.”
You can support this local rescue charity by sponsoring an animal or by attending their weekend tours, where you can meet and cuddle their 160+ residents – check out their website at Deathrow Unchained Animal Rescue.
Jack Reed’s 99 New Beginnings Project
One in three young Australians are unemployed and many young people fall through the net into homelessness and all the issues associated with that. Drug use and mental health problems are common for those in despair.
The Jack Reed Foundation aims to “transform the lives of disadvantaged youth and the homeless through the creation of shipping container-based barber shops”. Through the 99 New Beginnings Project, they offer barber apprenticeships to disadvantaged youth, giving them the training and support they need to complete their trade. These will be economically self-sustained with the fees paid by people getting a haircut being driven into supporting the project as a whole.
In 2020 the Jack Reed Foundation contacted us here at Gateway Containers to see about supporting their good work. We knew we had to help such an important project out so we donated a 40ft shipping container to them to convert into their first shipping container barbershop.
You can support the Jack Reed Foundation’s 99 New Beginnings Project by donating to the project on their website.
Supporting the Community Through Our Work
So yes, though we specialise in cold, Corten steel containers (designed to take a fair bit of abuse as they transport and store goods in all weather conditions around the world) we also support the Brisbane community when we can.
Whether you’re in search of a container for your own community project, or want to buy or hire a used container for your business, contact us at Gateway Containers today!