Sheldon College graduates Anna Sideris and Dayna Wilson transform shipping container into shelter for domestic violence victims

COMMCUBE: Cr Peter Mitchell, Cr Lance Hewlett, Cr Julie Talty, Redlands MP Kim Richards and Anna Sideris (back) with Dr Lyn Bishop, Cr Karen Williams and Valda Carrington.
COMMCUBE: Cr Peter Mitchell, Cr Lance Hewlett, Cr Julie Talty, Redlands MP Kim Richards and Anna Sideris (back) with Dr Lyn Bishop, Cr Karen Williams and Valda Carrington.

A PROJECT by two community-minded Sheldon College graduates has seen a shipping container transformed into a temporary home for domestic violence victims.

Dayna Wilson and Anna Sideris - who graduated from the college in 2018 - were affected by heartbreaking statistics surrounding women who were the victims of domestic violence.

During their design technology class, they planned the project with the help of teacher Carl Altschul.

Thanks to a shipping container donated by a Sheldon College family, as well as goods and services from businesses around the Redlands, their vision was brought to life.

The self-contained unit includes a bed and a television, a kitchen complete with storage and an electric stove and a bathroom. Solar panels on the roof provide it with electricity.

"Anna and I both felt that it was extremely important to do something practical for domestic violence victims," Ms Wilson said.

"We are so happy to see this project come to fruition and it is very rewarding to know that people will have somewhere to go, had they need to get out of an abusive situation."

At a launch event on Thursday, the project - dubbed the CommCube - was donated to Redlands-based organisation Maybanke Accommodation and Crisis Support.

It will be used to house people who have been forced out of home due to domestic violence.

Sheldon College principal Lyn Bishop said education was far more than the attainment of academic knowledge and community service was an important part of the school's curriculum.

"We sincerely hope that our small contribution to the organisation will assist those less fortunate than ourselves and reinforce for all of us present here today that perseverance in the face of challenging problems will always win out," she said.