Glenco Appear Live on the Today Show for Renovation Rescue!
Glenco Appear Live on the Today Show for Renovation Rescue!
A short time ago, we were approached by hipages and the Today Show to help out a family who desperately needed it. The family had taken in their niece and nephew after the children’s main caregiver, their father, was tragically killed. The couple, with two children of their own, had attempted to extend their home to accommodate Azura and Torrin and make them feel as comfortable as possible under the terrible circumstances.
However, due to time and financial constraints, the couple,
Amanda and Morgan, had to put a stop to the renos mid-way. And that, we were
told, is where we would come in. We were asked to complete all of the electrical work, and
install brand new air
conditioning into the home. Our answer? It was a ‘no-brainer’, as Glenn put
it. As a family owned
business ourselves, operating for more than 30 years, we know the
importance of family and our values were perfectly aligned with this project.
Whilst we knew that completing a renovation live on
television in just over 3 hours was an ambitious endeavour, we also knew that
the Glenco team would be up to the task. In the end we knew it would be
completely worth it be able to help this family and were more than happy to get
And so, we started planning the project, figuring out what
we could supply and install in the house to make it the home it needed to be.
We knew the family had previously attempted to DIY some of the work, which meant we also knew that we may have to make a lot of the wiring in the property electrically safe. We did find some definite safety risks in the property along the way which we were able to repair and make safe immediately. But we went a lot further than that. Amongst other things, we installed new power points, switches, some brand new LED lighting, two new air conditioning systems generously donated by Panasonic, a new doorbell, security lighting, and completed some upgrades on the switchboard.
Along with a number of other tradies, Glenco had nearly a
dozen people on-hand on the morning of the house renovation early on Wednesday
1st May. Our team of tradies were working across all three of our
main services; Electrical,
If you’ve seen it you’ll know, the Today Show starts airing
from 5:30am. So, we were onsite from 4am to make sure we were fully equipped
for this race-against-the-clock reno! After some preparation, the show began at
5:30am and Today reporter Sarah Stewart let the air horn rip! And then, we were
off. Almost two dozen tradies bolted inside the house with no time to lose. And
from that moment, the organised chaos began. The electrical team started with
the new power circuits for the air conditioning systems, whilst the aircon team
started drilling in the brackets for the new systems to be hung onto. Then,
some of the team started on the power and lighting, and of course the all-important
doorbell which had always been missing from the home. All of this, whilst
working around the landscapers, carpenters, and labourers!
The whole tradie team worked tirelessly throughout the
morning, whilst also stopping intermittently to tell the live television
cameras what they were working on. At about 7am Glenn was called up to be
interviewed live with Georgie Gardner about Glenco’s contribution to the
project. During the interview, Glenn mentioned “as Glenco is a family owned
business…when we found out the plight the family were facing, that just sat
really well with us. Everyone in our team pitched together and we said ‘we’ve
gotta help these guys’!”
During the interview Georgie also declared to Glenn that
Glenco had a lot of ‘man-power’ there that morning and asked if the team were
on track to meet the tight 9am deadline. But it’s not just man-power we had
onsite. As Glenn pointed out, “we actually have man and woman power here this
morning with our female
tradies also onsite” and he confirmed that “everyone (was) going really
well”. We never doubted we had the team
to get it done, although the TV crew were understandably nervous about meeting
their strict live television deadline!
As the morning progressed you could really see a home
starting to take shape. The interior decorators came in during the last 30
minutes of the reno to add the finishing touches such as a new couch and dining
table. One of the most exciting additions was of course a door for the laundry
toilet! Previously the family would yell ‘laundry door shut!” whenever someone
was inside, to let others in the house know it was ‘occupied’…
At about 8:40am it was time for all the tradies, friends of
the family, and Today Show crew to gather together in the back garden to
surprise the family with their brand-new home. If you’ve ever been a guest at a
surprise party, then you know exactly what it was like. We could hear the
family enter the house being led in by the Today reporter Sarah Stewart. As
they walked up to the front door one of the kids pressed our newly installed doorbell
and everyone hiding out the back could hear it ring through the home. Sarah
moved the family through the property, into the newly transformed living room.
This was one of the rooms in which we had installed one of our split
system air conditioning systems. As we quietly stood in the back garden we
could hear one of the kids shout out with the upmost excitement “we have air
conditioning!”. It was so amazing to be able hear the family’s exclamations
from inside as they discovered all the new additions we had made to their home in
the hours just prior.
The family were then informed how “so many people had been
involved in this, and they (were all) here to see (them)”. The family then
excitedly looked out in the backyard, and to their surprise they were greeted
by friends, family, the full tradie team, TV crew, and the one and only Georgie
Gardner! Georgie told the family that she “hoped they didn’t mind, but (they’d)
enlisted the help of a few volunteers”, nodding back towards the huge tradie
team standing behind her. Georgie told an emotional Amanda and Morgan how
everybody had been so ready and willing to be involved. Through his tears Morgan
told Georgie that he really “couldn’t thank them enough”. After a quick
commercial break, we got to hear more from the family, including the children’s
grandparents who had all gone through so much and were also so incredibly
thankful. Seeing the reaction of the parents, children, and their relatives was
a truly great moment to be a part of. They were genuinely so grateful for all
the effort put in.
As the reveal continued it was such a fantastic feeling to
be able to finally see the look on each and every one of the family’s faces as
they took it all in. As Georgie spoke to each family member you could feel the
raw emotion and gratitude they felt for everyone there, and it was a genuinely touching
moment to be a part of. As Georgie wrapped up the show, her voice cracked with
emotion as she told the hundreds of thousands of people watching that she had
“had some great highlights in (her) career on the Today Show, but today, tops
it all: it’s just been so special”. We couldn’t agree more Georgie. We have had
some incredible highs throughout our 30 years as a business, but what we were
able to complete in this one morning and the difference we were able to make in
the family’s lives was truly moving. We are so privileged to have been able to
be involved in this spectacular project.
Huge thanks go to the whole Today Show crew, the superb team
at hipages, all the other tradies who
were involved, and the gorgeous family who were so deserving of everything they