Hummingbird House is a place where these families can have a break from hospital routines, receive extra support or say goodbye to their loved ones at the end of their lives. It’s the only hospice of its kind in Queensland and provides a free service for families.

It’s a special place. It also costs more than $4 million a year to run and operator Wesley Mission Queensland relies on the generosity of over $2 million in donations and contributions to keep it going.

Every last dollar counts. Which is why Wesley Mission’s Paul Reis was so inspired to see Shell Australia’s staff come together and donate $30,500 as part of this year’s Employee Community Grant Program.

“This funding will support families doing it tough and allow our dedicated staff to continue helping families in need, so thank you,” Paul said.

Each year, Shell Australia offers its staff the opportunity to identify a community group of their choice for Shell to donate to on their behalf.

Hummingbird House received the most funding of any charity or community organisation across Australia from Shell’s employee grants program. Integrated services manager Chris Johnson was one of its staff champions. With all of his four daughters now out of home, he said this was his chance in life to give back to the community.

“Hummingbird House does such important work and for Shell and Shell staff to be able to help is pretty inspiring,” he said.

Chris and continuous improvement consultant Roger Crothers have also signed up to do Hummingbird House’s Great Wall of China fundraising trek in June 2020. The trekkers are hoping to raise $100,000 to help keep the house running.

As of last week, there were still eight places open. If you’d like to take on the trek challenge contact Paul at Wesley Mission at or show your support for Chris, Roger and Hummingbird House by donating.


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