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Thursday 13 June 2024

Sydney hotel does the right thing

It is good to see big business doing its bit to help the less fortunate.

And that is certainly the case as construction begins on the multi-million-dollar transformation of Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Town Hall. 

Furniture and fixtures from the hotel’s apartments have been donated to Sydney furniture rescue charity, ReLove, to help Aussies in need this winter.

Furniture, artworks, mirrors, kitchen appliances, and even dust pans and brooms have been saved from potential land fill and, with the help of ReLove, will hopefully find a new lease of life in the homes of Sydneysiders who need them most.

TFE Hotels’ Group Chief Operating Officer Chris Sedgwick said the decision to work with owners across the network and donate pre-loved furniture to charities was simply the right thing to do from a corporate social responsibility perspective.

“With the introduction of TFE Hotels’ Global People, Social Conscience ESG charter last year, we encourage our owners and our hotel teams to make a difference in the lives of the communities in which we operate,” he said. 

“And, as a group, we are making a commitment to sustainable practices, so we’re thrilled to see these items go to good homes and not into landfill.”

ReLove co-founder Ren Fernando said the ReLove free store primarily supported women and children impacted by domestic violence and people experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers or people coming out of incarceration.

“Donations like these directly contribute to supporting individuals in crisis by furnishing them with safe and welcoming homes,” she said. “It has been a great process working with the TOGA and hotel teams to investigate the scope of what can be rescued from the Adina.”

TOGA director Michelle Fischl said the company’s many and varied CSR initiatives not only make a meaningful impact in society, but also serve to foster a strong sense of unity with the team.

“Our dedication to ESG - whether it is maximising under-utilised properties for use as temporary housing solutions or donating furniture to save it from landfill - demonstrate how innovation and collaboration can help with pressing social challenges.

“ReLove were down to their last glasses and ironing boards, so we are thrilled so many goods - big and small - can be reused to brighten the homes of Sydneysiders in need this winter.”

Adina Town Hall closed its doors for major refurbishment works last month. The hotel has a target completion date of December 2024. 

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