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Unbearably cute project makes its way to WA kids

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NEWS UPDATE 15.12.2017

Unbearably cute project makes its way to WA kids

A little creative thinking and a lot of stitching has helped Arc Infrastructure transform one metric tonne of old uniforms into hundreds of special teddy bears for WA’s at-risk and vulnerable children this Christmas.

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When the company officially changed its name from Brookfield Rail to Arc Infrastructure in July 2017, almost 1,000 kilograms of obsolete branded uniforms were destined for landfill.

Determined to act differently, think creatively and challenge themselves as a new company to find a better solution, Arc Infrastructure partnered with LOOP Australia and embarked on an upcycling project with a difference.

From Perenjori to Albany, Kewdale to Kalgoorlie, Arc Infrastructure offices set up collection bins to gather old uniforms and slowly moved them back to Perth to escape the rubbish tip and begin a new life in a different form.

With LOOP’s assistance, the old shirts, skirts, pants and jackets were dispatched to community-based seamstresses who worked for five months to turn each item into a special ‘Railway Teddy Bear’.

The Bears, all with a unique design and most bearing the ‘Brookfield Rail’ moniker, are now travelling across the State into the hands of children most in need to bring a little Christmas cheer to some of the State’s most vulnerable families.

Community welfare groups that are receiving the Bears, include: Arc Infrastructure CEO Paul Larsen said the positive outcomes from the upcycling project are testament to what can be achieved when creative ideas are connected with opportunities to delivery real and meaningful outcomes.

“The act of transforming our old workwear into the Railway Bear is more than just changing its form; it is the product of our journey to become Arc Infrastructure and part of our team’s commitment to support the communities in which we operate,” Mr Larsen said.
 
Arc Infrastructure also contributed $10,000 to help fund an upskilling program to increase the sewing and haberdashery skills of the seamstresses who assisted with the project, paving the way for further employment opportunities.

In total 390 Bears were produced, with all materials drawn from the donated clothing, reducing the impact on the environment. Any items that could not be used were gifted to local community groups across Perth including the Salvation Army and the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre who support those most at risk in our communities.

LOOP Director Wayne Rowland said it is inspiring to work with companies that go above and beyond and Arc Infrastructure have truly led by example by giving back to the communities they operate in.

“Arc Infrastructure really embraced the uniform upcycling model and the ability to make a difference to those most at need whilst reducing their environmental impact. Transactional relationships can only deliver transactional results, great things happen when people work together and that’s what LOOP is all about,” Mr Rowland said.

Fifty limited-edition Bears were reserved by Arc Infrastructure to auction off with all proceeds going to support Youth Focus and the fundraising efforts of the company’s two teams taking part in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth Challenge.

Media Contact:
Andrew Bennett
Corporate Affairs Advisor
Phone: 0459 869 624
Email: andrew.bennett@arcinfra.com

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