REFAP donates custom assistance to Karratha fire victim

A team of REFAP participants have presented a new custom-made dining table and chairs to a Karratha grandmother who lost almost everything she owned in a house fire in April.

Annette Starr had lived in Bulgarra for 20 years and was devastated to lose her home and treasured personal items.

Workshop supervisor, Brad Harris, said REFAP’s activity centre participants decided to help out in a very practical way, choosing to surprise her with a hand-crafted dining set as part of their carpentry training activity.

“Annette is one of our job seekers and a highly respected member of the community,” Brad said.

“Up to six people worked on the table and chairs over a couple of weeks and it was a great learning experience for everyone involved.

“The participants planned and designed the project and learnt a number of proper carpentry techniques along the way, such as joins and polishing, and how to work with curves and angles. They finished it off with cushions, delivering a high quality result all round.”

The project also gave the participants the opportunity to demonstrate pride in their work. Knowing the table and chairs would be donated to Annette, the team took extra care and focused on achieving a professional presentation.

 The REFAP participants delivered the table and chairs to Annette in person.

“She was so impressed, and very thankful for the team’s support,” Brad said.

REFAP helps Aboriginal people gain skilled long-term employment in Pilbara workplaces.

The sole operator of the Community Development Program for the Karratha region, REFAP gives future employees and employers a range of innovative and effective free services to help them succeed, such as support programs, education & training, community support, workplace mentoring and hosted work placement.