Community Events

Grand Opening - Saturday 19 May 2012

The Wayside Chapel will bring the community together to celebrate the Grand Opening of our new and renovated buildings.

A product of an $8.2million investment, five years of fundraising and 22 months of construction, the new building means that Wayside can continue to open its doors and offer even more help to the most vulnerable members of Sydney’s Kings Cross community.

The building is a testament to the power of community. Please join us in celebrating a momentous occassion in Wayside's history. We are closing Hughes Street to traffic and offering everyone the chance to take part in a day of entertainment, food and fun.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, 19 May 2012
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: The Wayside Chapel, 29 Hughes St, Potts Point, 2011

Timings

10am – 11am: Entertainment
11am – 12pm: Official proceedings
12pm – 2pm: Community BBQ, entertainment and building tours

RSVP

Email mail@thewaysidechapel.com or call 9581 9101 with the number of people attending.

Background

In 2007 the future of The Wayside Chapel was in doubt. Over 40 years of service to people living on and around the streets of Kings Cross had taken its toll. Wayside’s dilapidated buildings on Hughes St. were falling down and in late 2008, Wayside embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise the $8.2million it needed to survive.

Despite the many challenges posed in the midst of a Global Financial Crisis, funds were generously provided from the Federal Government’s Infrastructure Employment Project ($3million), the NSW Government ($2million) as well as individual and corporate donations and fundraising activities ($3.2million). In June 2010 construction commenced and when Wayside re-opens its doors next month, it will be debt-free.

The purpose-built facility features a community service centre, bustling café, dedicated program space, huge community hall, chapel and rooftop garden. This means that more of Sydney’s most marginalised members of the community will have access to services ranging from a warm shower and 50c coffee to mental health clinics and cooking classes.

The project is made up of two separate stages:

  • Stage 1 is the demolition of the 2 buildings on 27-29 Hughes Street and
    replaced with a brand new building on this site. The cost of this portion of the building is $5.8million.
  • Stage 2 is the refurbishment of 31 Hughes Street, keeping the original façade. The cost of stage 2 is $2.4million.

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