With this in mind, Villawood injects funds directly back into each of its communities through various neighbourhood art programs, family fun days, school engagement programs, sponsorships and many other fun activities.
In reviewing applications for our community grants we often select smaller groups who may otherwise have difficulty attracting funding due to lack of profile. The highlight of our philanthropic program is our involvement Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. We’re incredibly proud to have collaborated with Henley for the past eight years to deliver the Good Friday Appeal Charity Home Auction, which this year raised $860,000 for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Villawood also looks to provide a platform for community groups to get their message out to the wider community. The most visually arresting example is the social messaging displayed by Villawood’s iconic corten steel letters. Set in our Wandana hilltop, overlooking the Geelong Ring Road, the letters have been employed to highlight community issues such as road safety, marriage equality, the plight of refugees and the State Government’s “Call It Out” campaign. Our most recent installation, #YouCanTalk, highlights a national campaign by suicide prevention agencies from beyondblue to headspace, R U OK and Black Dog Institute. Geelong Cats’ Mark Blicavs helped us unveil this message, which will be seen by thousands of motorists who drive past the Geelong Ring Road hills at Wandana each day