Each year Villawood supports dozens of community groups, through each of its projects and at a corporate level. These are generally smaller community groups, that would otherwise escape the attention of other corporate sponsors.
The largest initiative of Villawood’s philanthropic program is the Good Friday Appeal, which is a collaboration with Henley. In 2018 the Good Friday Appeal Charity Home Auction raised a record-breaking $860,000 and every cent was donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Melbourne’s surging property prices are making it increasingly difficult for people in the essential services to get into the market. Villawood’s Care Worker Support Program has been created so that people working in these roles can still afford to buy land in Villawood projects
Under this initiative, purchasers who are employed as care workers who work within a 10km radius of a Villawood community that they are seeking to buy in, will be eligible for a $20,000 rebate on their block of land. Villawood devised the Care Workers Support Program so care workers may live and work in the communities they serve.
For nearly a decade, Villawood Properties has been a passionate supporter of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Villawood joined project partner Henley in 2009, by donating a block of land in its Alamanda community. Since then, it has become our largest philanthropic initiative.
The enthusiasm behind the Good Friday Appeal grows each year, because like many Victorians everyone from Henley, Villawood and all the supporting trades and services, has a link or appreciation for the invaluable service the Royal Children’s Hospital provides. Each year, Villawood staff get behind the cause wholeheartedly and their efforts have contributed to raising nearly $6 million for the Good Friday Appeal.
We set a record at our Waratah community in 2018, raising $860,000 for the Good Friday Appeal and we can’t wait to share what 2019 has in store!
Villawood is committed to creating healthy, safe and engaging communities, both within our developments and more broadly through our local clubs and community group relationships and our extensive philanthropic program. In FY18 Villawood supported [TBC] community groups to the value of [TBC]
Beyond financial support, Villawood is committed to fostering genuine relationships with local community groups, working closely with them to deliver benefit at a grassroots level.