ATOM was proud to be a part of Channel 9’s Matt & Kim to the rescue in episode 5 and 6 earlier this year. For those of you that are "Blockheads" you will remember Matt & Kim from their time on The Block Sky High. Since then, the couple have been busy with an army of tradespeople volunteering their time to renovate homes of WA families in need.
Episode 5 followed the renovation of the Hoy Poy family’s home in the Perth northern suburb of Kingsley. This family of six was experiencing tough times with mother Sallie battling stage 4 breast cancer and their 14 year old daughter, Zoe being diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. With the assistance of hundreds of tradies and volunteers all pitching in to help, in just three days their home was completely transformed into an amazing space which even included a new swimming pool!
ATOM were eager to be involved with this worthy cause and happily donated a range of PPE to keep all of the volunteers and tradies safe on the worksite, as well as hydrated with electrolyte supplements.
Episode 6 followed the renovation of the Flavelle’s family home.
The Flavelle parents are creative people, Dad, Pete is an artist who works with oil on canvas and sculpting and Mum, Simone is a former WAAPA student and actress. They are proud parents of two boys, Angus and Hugo. Angus was born with high spectrum autism and is in need of constant care and Hugo was born with Cerebral Palsy and is wheelchair bound.
Simone established a foundation that provides art therapy for disabled and disadvantaged children, DADAA. A strange twist is that Simone set up this not for profit company before she’d had Angus or Hugo, which speaks volumes about the type of people Simone and Pete are.
Simone and Pete remained strong while bringing up two boys with serious and ongoing medical conditions. Pete's art career came to a halt while the house began to age, the list of repair jobs grew and rising hospital bills took priority. Matt and Kim could not think of a more deserving family for Episode 6. One of the many challenges they faced was making the house suitable for Hugo's wheelchair as the house featured narrow doorways and tight corners.
ATOM's role in the project was to keep everyone on site safe with safety gear including glasses, gloves, earplugs, dust masks and more. You may have even spotted our marquee and Actylus Vending Machine during the show.
Supporting Matt & Kim to the Rescue enabled ATOM to do a little thing for the community that ultimately improved the wellbeing of three deserving WA families. We hope that these families enjoy their new homes just as much as we enjoyed being a part of this valuable project.