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The Push-Up Challenge 2021

During June our team here at SAE Group joined in the challenge of doing 3,318 push-ups in 25 days. One of the SAE Group Directors Glen Ashton organised a team and we went to work. Between everyone we totalled 19,045 push-ups and raised $702, but these push-ups are more than just exercise and team work, they represent all the lives lost to mental health last year. The Push-Up Challenge team released as at June 30 over 8.5 million dollars was raised!

The Push-Up Challenge Certificate of Awesome

Emergency support – flood relief

Cyclone Debbie April 2017

Murwullimbah and Chinderah were among some of the areas declared a major disaster zone as Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc dumping a one in one-hundred-year flood on the area.

SAE Group were quick to respond, manned with our fleet of back hoes, tipper trucks, excavators, and bobcats out to assist with the clean-up, along with our team of electricians who donated their time to not only get power back into many homes and business that were completely devastated in the floods, but to go the extra mile and future proof them against future flooding, moving meterboards up from ground level locations in an effort to future proof against the same electrical dangers should their property experience another flood.

Fred’s place

Fred’s Place is a homeless support centre based in Boyd St in Tweed Heads. The centre is solely funded by the St Vincent de Paul society and relies on donations. The centre provides a some of life’s simple needs such as a safe place to shower, eat a hot meal, or do some laundry. The centre also provides access to caseworkers, medical care, legal aid, and counselling.

SAE Group recently installed a 6.6 kW solar system on the home, designed to generate a large majority of its daily electricity needs. By doing this, the centre will be able to channel those much needed funds into other areas of the operation and push the budget much further.

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SAE Group photo of backyard blitz

Backyard blitz – Kobi’s story

A member of our team brought it to our attention that his neighbour was facing a tough time. Their young son had recently been diagnosed with Leukaemia. With this diagnosis, they had to move their young family to Brisbane for three months while Kobi underwent intensive treatment.

SAE Group wanted to help make their lives a little easier, so we got to work transforming their backyard. Having just recently finished building their home, the landscaping was not yet complete, and given that Kobi could not risk any exposure to airborne fungus or dirt we decided the best gift we could give the family was a safe place for Kobi to play outside.

Jayd and his family still claim it better than they could have ever imagined or completed themselves and were incredibly thankful that they could return home and relax knowing they had one less thing to worry about and a safe place for Kobi to play.

Jasper’s story

SAE Group jumped on board with Monty when he put the call out to help make a difference for a family in need. Sam & Nadine had endured a tough time, pregnant with twins, the couple had approached Marty to get a builder’s quote for a family retreat on their home as they prepared for the arrival of twins.

At a time that should have been one of the happiest in their lives, Nadine and Sam were hit with the news that one of the twins had passed away and due to complications during the pregnancy, Jasper was born with Myocephaly and cerebral palsy. When Monty heard what had happened, he reached out to the community to come together to help make their lives a little easier. SAE Group joined in and donated a 3kW solar system to help power their home and significantly reduce their power bills by approximately $1,600.00 per year, helping to ease the pressure of household expenses.


Powering local events & competitions

We love being able to support local communities and like-minded people by powering their events with free energy from the sun.

Our SAE directors developed a solar powered van, inclusive of batteries, that would be able to power events, regardless of location. Powering our community through renewable energy is important to all of us here at SAE Group, which is why we are continually evolving the technology and system on the van to be able to provide even more power for larger events where needed.

We are proud to have powered events for Surfing Australia, Cudgen Headland SLSC Championships, World Environment Day at Knox Park and many more.

Surfing Australia

Surfing Australia van now harnesses the power of the sun, thanks to a 3 year partnership with SAE Group.

“We are stoked to be partnering with Surfing Australia,” said SAE Group Managing Director Glen Ashton. “Our aligned vision to create a healthier, happier Australia whether that’s through surfing or providing clean, renewable energy solutions to all Australians, made it an easy decision. We love what Surfing Australia do and what they stand for and we are excited to power the development and continued growth of this iconic Australian sport and have a little fun along the way.”

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said: “We are extremely appreciative of the support of SAE Group and welcome them as a new partner of Surfing Australia. The new expanded HPC will be an amazing facility for Australian surfers and the local community and it is fantastic to be able to power the HPC utilising the latest solar power technology from SAE.”

Rachel Loder

Some three years after she first stepped into the ring for a bit of fitness, 18-year-old Tweed Valley High student Rachel Loder is taking on her first professional fight.

Loder’s quest to make a fist of her professional career was given a massive boost last week when she received sponsorship from local solar energy business SAE Group.

“This vote of confidence”, Loder says, “is game-changing”. “Their support is huge and will get me a few fights a year and that’s what I needed, they’re helping me follow my dream and I am so grateful for the support.”

In just a short time in the sport, Loder has already knocked-up 39 amateur fights and been crowned Australian champ twice, NSW champ twice, interstate champ once. So it’s no surprise SAE wanted a spot in Loder’s corner.

“I haven’t met too many 18-year olds with such big goals and the determination to realise them,” said SAE Group managing director Glen Ashton.

Rachel’s trainer, Nick Midgley, agrees: “Rachel has serious determination, her persistence and dedication will get her everywhere. Don’t ever underestimate her.”

Tweed Daily News August 2018

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Run for NAIDOC Bolt for Gold

Bolt for Gold – Run for NAIDOC

SAE Group was a proud major sponsor for Bolt for Gold in an event they organised called Run for NAIDOC.

This event helped raise money to purchase technology for the Cabbage Tree Island Indigenous Community near Ballina NSW Australia.

Here at SAE we were so happy to receive thank yous from Ex NRL Player Kayne Lawton, Australian NRL Player Damien Cook and Australia’s Fastest Sprinter Jack Hale.

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