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Celebrate a Lifesaving Industry

6 March 2017

DATE: Friday 10 March 2017
EVENT: World Plumbing Day Breakfast and Golf
VENUE: Hillstone St Lucia
TIME: Breakfast begins at 7:00am | Golf begins at 10:00am
Press passes available

When you think about what a plumber does, do you think beyond the stereotypical butt crack and toilet jokes? Do you think about how important your local friendly plumber is to your standard of life? Do you think about the number of times a plumber has done something that helps protect the health and safety of you and your family?

On a daily basis, plumbers all over the world are working tirelessly to ensure that YOU have clean water to drink, toilets that flush and waste systems that work. On a daily basis, we all owe our plumbers for the standard of life we are able to live. 

Now is OUR chance to recognise their efforts. 

On Friday 10 March, over 400 people will celebrate World Plumbing Day at the Industry’s biggest Breakfast and Golf Day hosted by the Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland (MPAQ). 

Confirmed to attend this event and show their support for our industry is the Hon. Cameron Dick MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, the Hon. Grace Grace MP, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, and the Hon. Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply.

MPAQ Executive Director, Penny Cornah, said “This is an important opportunity for the whole community to appreciate the hard work performed by members of our industry.”

“Queensland plumbers are experts in their field, who deliver the highest standards in health and safety throughout the world”, said Mrs Cornah.

“This year we are determined to celebrate the efforts plumbers take to protect the health of our community by learning from the past and progressing the future of our industry.” 

Speakers at the breakfast will be real employers, apprentices and workers who will share their stories of how plumbing first peaked their interest, and how passionate they are about what it is today. 

“It is important that plumbers share their stories and inspire others in the industry to continue what they’re doing. In turn, this will also help the community to develop an understanding about how this industry is vital and lifesaving,” said Mrs Cornah. 

“It’s also important to encourage both current and future apprentices to be passionate about what they do. Hopefully, hearing from working plumbers will inspire them to maintain the professionalism of our industry and potentially encourage a new generation of hardworking lifesavers.”

“We are also very excited to announce that the second MPAQ Female Plumbing Ambassador will be revealed on the day. It is important to encourage diversity and equality within our industry, to ensure it develops and adapts to an ever-changing society,” said Mrs Cornah.

In line with the purpose of World Plumbing Day in spreading awareness of our industry and protecting the health and safety of our community, the event will also raise funds for Orange Sky Laundry, the world's first free mobile laundry service for the homeless. 

The company began in Brisbane in October 2014 and since then, the world first idea has rapidly expanded to 11 vans in Melbourne South East, Perth, Gold Coast, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne CBD, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Wollongong; 2 shower vans and an Orange Sky Digital vehicle.

Run by 800 volunteers across the country, the custom-fitted vans with two commercial washing machines and two dryers service 96 locations and wash more than 7.04 tonnes of laundry a week. A catalyst for conversation, Orange Sky facilitates over 1,388 hours of volunteering and conversation each week. The organisation has also responded to natural disasters, helping cyclone-affected communities in North Queensland, residents of the Great Ocean Road Bushfires, and Adelaide flood victims. Orange Sky Laundry to date has washed over 414,316 kgs of free laundry, but most importantly, fostered over 98,830 hours of positive, genuine and non-judgmental conversation. 
 
After the World Plumbing Day Breakfast, the festivities will continue on the St Lucia golf course, where over 100 players will be putting their best clubs forward to show that plumbers really are a hole in one. 

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For further information contact:

Lisa Hilton
Events and Communications Manager
Master Plumbers’ Association of Queensland
07 3273 0800 / 0439 648 164

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