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Bob Simpson Riding Against PTSD

Bob Simpson, brother of CBC’s Group Operations Manager, Josh Ryan, has finished an enormous 4,000km, 28 day, trans-continental ride from Perth, WA to the Southern Highlands in NSW, raising funds to help Police with PTSD through the Quest For Life Foundation.

CBC’s Josh Ryan and Son, with Brother Bob Simpson

The Quest for Life Foundation was established in 1989 by Petrea King. Up until 1995 the Foundation was based in Sydney where it hosted hundreds of support and meditation groups for people living with cancer, grief, AIDS, depression, anxiety and other traumas as well as teaching programs. In 1995, Petrea and the work of Quest for Life moved to Bundanoon in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW.

Bob’s long and arduous journey commenced on the 10th of September, with spirits high and full of determination, Bob has continued on, day in, day out, averaging over 140km per day, in varying weather conditions including mid-30 degree heat to heavy downpours of rain, averaging over 6 hours a day on the bike along barren roadways, through the various country towns of Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

“Three cheers for Bobby” cried out as he crossed the rainbow streamers strewn across the finish line at the Bundanoon Quest for Life Foundation, in front of a gathered crowd of friends, family and supporters of Bob’s cause.

Bob’s efforts have garnered great support from fellow Police Officers and other members of the public, seeing the total donations raised to date just under $40,000.00.

Bob is a medically retired NSW Police Officer. From 1996 to 2014, he served the State with honour before falling victim to the horrors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His personal journey has been devastating to himself, his family and to so many other former and currently serving Police Officers.

Police encounter traumatic events on a daily basis. They experience trauma that regular citizens rarely encounter. It’s highly likely most people would know someone who is or was a police officer. Chances are, if they’ve been in the job for more than a few years, they’re already suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress.

PTSD is a debilitating injury that can manifest itself in so many ways. Generally, major anxiety, chronic hyper vigilance and depression are the most common manifestations – these are life changing.

CBC is proud to support such a worthy cause and has been behind Bob every step of the way – with CBC’s Projects Director, Richard Greedy, Group Facilities Manager Adam Bristow, Brother and Group Operations Manager Josh Ryan, Group WHSEQ Manager, Peter Calder, Contract Administrator, Jodie Murrell and Project Manager, Adam Greedy all riding in tow with Bob on the last day of his ride, helping to celebrate his well-deserved success at the finish line.

Help support Bob in his Ride Against PTSD by visiting https://www.rideagainstptsd.com/

CBC Group is proud to be a major sponsor of the Endeavour Foundation’s 2019 “Great Walk of China”.

This important fund raising event is seeing 13 participants undertaking a gruelling nine day trek along the twists, turns, steps and slopes of one of humankind’s most impressive architectural feats – the Great Wall of China.

Having raised almost $40,000 thus far the participants acknowledged CBC’s support by donning CBC shirts for Day 3 of their trek.

Endeavour Foundation provided services and support to more than 4,000 people with disability last year and is at the heart of local communities across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Funds raised during this years walk will assist the Endeavour Foundation’s vital work giving opportunities for people with intellectual disability to learn life skills, live independently, find a job they love, and be actively involved in their local communities.

CBC currently provides Endeavour Foundation with a range of essential building maintenance services that ensure compliance to relevant building codes and regulations enabling the Foundation’s staff to focus on their important work.

Speaking of CBC’s donation Rowan Foster said, “Endeavour Foundation do some amazing and vital work with people who face some of the biggest challenges in life. If we’re able to assist through supporting their fund raising efforts during this year’s Great Walk of China then that’s something our whole company can be proud of.”

To make a donation to Endeavour Foundation’s 2019 Great Walk of China visit https://everydayhero.com.au/event/Endeavour-China-2019

CBC’s Director, Ermond Morelli, along with three of his closest mates, Phill Critcher, Ken Smith & John Volkanovski have raised over $60,000 in aid of finding a cure for prostate cancer.

Following last year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, where Ermond raised over $10,000 to help the fight against prostate cancer and men’s mental health, once again, he has polished his Harley and dressed in his best clothes to ride for a cure.

This year was extra special as Ermond and his 3 friends have come together to form a team, aptly named “Four Cure”. Each of the team members have in many ways been affected, from friends to family members with prostate cancer and have experienced the terrible effects on them and their families. The four team members vowed to raise over $50,000 as a team and lead the way in funding support for a cure.



CBC’s Offices have been generous in their donations, contributing $500 each from the Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Newcastle and Blacktown Offices, where CBC’s Head Office contributed a further $1,000 towards the cause.

CBC’s subsidiary companies CBC Self Storage and EC Morelli providing equally impressive donations, to the tune of $5,000 and $2,000 respectively.

Donations are being accepted throughout October, and we encourage all donations to support this great cause.



About the ride: The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride unites classic and vintage style motorcycle riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of TV Show Mad Men’s, Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way of connecting niche motorcycle enthusiasts and communities while raising funds to support the men in our lives.

Continuing its affiliation with the air navigation services industry, Illawarra-based facilities management company, CBC Group were recently awarded the building works for internal and external remediation of the Parafield Control Tower, Adelaide.

The control tower was built between 1938 and 1940 during World War II and, as of 2008, the Parafield Control Tower is the oldest operational tower in Australia. Similar buildings were constructed at Mascot in Sydney and Archerfield in Brisbane, and although they still stand, they are no longer used as control towers.

The Parafield facility has also been used as an operations-administration building and passenger terminal and consists of the original 3-storey building constructed in the 1940’s and the add-on tower constructed in 1980. The original 3-storey building was also modified during the redevelopment in 1980.

Today, only the upper floor and tower cab are occupied by Airservices Australia. The remainder of the building is occupied by tenants including the Adelaide Flight Training Centre. The building is no longer used as a passenger terminal.

Due to the age of the structure, water leakage, movement, cracks and deterioration has become an increasing issue in multiple sections of the structure. CBC has been contracted to undertake remediation works consisting of:
– render replacement,
– roof-top waterproofing,
– internal wall and ceiling lining replacements.

Commenting on this unique project, Josh Ryan, CBC’s Group Operations Manager explains, “it’s a real show of confidence from Airservices Australia in our craftsmanship to be responsible for remediation type work in an important historical building. While we are known for facilities maintenance type work, we are proud of our experience and passion as tradesman. All the senior management team are qualified builders, so we get a real buzz out of taking on projects like the Parafield Airport restoration.”

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