PPG completes COLOURFUL COMMUNITIES project at Moorabbin Hospital 19 July 2019
PPG completes COLOURFUL COMMUNITIES project at Moorabbin Hospital
MELBOURNE, Australia, July 11, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the completion of a COLOURFUL COMMUNITIES® project at Monash Health’s Moorabbin Hospital in Bentleigh East, that revitalised the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room, which is used by more than 50 patients, their support people and medical specialists every week. PPG volunteers spent one week beautifying the family room to provide a comfortable and homely space for patients to receive treatment planning and also to rest and recover after receiving radiation or chemotherapy.
PPG provided 44 litres of TAUBMANS® interior and exterior paint to support the project. PPG’s Global Community Engagement program also provided more than AU$25,000 for a complete refurbishment of the family room, including new furniture, flooring, blinds, notice board and television.
The Colourful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and products along with financial contributions to bring colour and vitality to communities where the company operates around the world, such as in nearby Clayton, which is home to PPG’s Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) headquarters and industrial paint manufacturing plant – the largest in Australia.
Taubmans colour and technical experts collaborated with the centre’s staff, who directly consulted with patients, to guide the colour and paint selections to create a less clinical area for relaxed and restful recovery alongside visiting loved ones. The volunteers used Taubmans PURE PERFORMANCE™ interior wall paint throughout the room in a colour palette of Crag Grey, Ship Grey and deep blue Ming Surprise. The paint is approved by the National Asthma Foundation Australia’s Sensitive Choice program*. Taubmans ALL WEATHER™ exterior wall paint in Ivy League and WHITE KNIGHT™ ULTRA PAVE™ paving paint in Red Rock were used to revitalise the balcony.
“The transformation of the family room will make a significant and positive difference to the overall experience of patients and their families,” said Jessie Pearce, nurse unit manager, medical oncology, Moorabbin Hospital. “Our patients now have a place to go for a break from the clinical setting of their ward beds and to enjoy quiet, relaxed time with family and friends.”
Mel Tsarkis, registered nurse, medical oncology at Moorabbin Hospital has worked on the ward for 18 years and is thrilled to see the space transformed into a more relaxing environment. “We have seen many families and patients make use of our family room over the years. Many have held birthdays here, Christmas parties and even a wedding. Until now, we have managed with donated couches and old tables. To make the room a more homely place where a family can spend their last remaining days with their loved one was essential. We are absolutely delighted with the transformation and are already seeing more families use this room.”
Sean Scanlon, PPG ANZ business development manager, led the painting effort along with Darren Stanes, PPG ANZ Victorian trade sales account manager.
“Like most people, cancer has personally affected me through the illness and subsequent loss of a loved one,” Scanlon said. “This project made me proud to be a PPG employee, seeing our company contributing to the family room’s refurbishment and our employees actively involved in its transformation. We managed to undertake the works while being respectful and mindful of patients and the environment. I can see the positive impact the end result will have on patients and their families.”
Rachel Lacy, PPG ANZ colour category manager said the Taubmans paint colours were specifically chosen for the positive benefits they bring to the environment. “Taubmans Crag Grey and Ship Grey have been used within the room to create a sense of comfort and provide the more homely feeling that patients and families asked for when consulted by hospital staff,” she said.
“The deep blue, Taubmans Ming Surprise, which has been used on the other interior walls, balances with the warm greys beautifully, adding serenity to the environment and evoking a sense of harmony, peace and quiet calm.
“Anchored in nature, green is the colour of rebirth and regeneration. Green is known to nurture relaxation and promote security and balance. Taubmans Ivy League has been used on the balcony to support the sense of balance, harmony and renewal this link to nature provides.”
The Colourful Communities partnership with Monash Health began in 2015 with more than 30 PPG volunteers and 100 local community volunteers painting vibrant murals on the temporary fencing used during the construction of the Monash Children’s Hospital.
The Colourful Communities program, PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighbourhoods where PPG operates around the world. Through the Colourful Communities program, PPG’s committed volunteers contribute their time and PPG paint products to help transform community assets – from painting classrooms, to bringing colour to a maternity ward and redesigning a playground. Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 200 Colourful Communities projects, impacting more than 5.2 million people in 30 countries.
PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring colour and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $9 million in 2018, supporting hundreds of organisations across 28 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com.
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At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.4 billion in 2018. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.
We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and Colourful Communities and the PPG logo are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
All Weather, Pure Performance, Taubmans, Ultra Pave and White Knight are trademarks of PPG Industries Australia Pty Ltd.
*Products approved by the National Asthma Council Australia Sensitive Choice program may offer benefits to people with asthma or allergies.
The Monash Cancer Centre’s family room, shown prior to refurbishment by PPG volunteers, is used by more than 50 patients every week for treatment planning and recovery after radiation or chemotherapy.
A COLOURFUL COMMUNITIES® project and grant from PPG transformed the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room into a comfortable and homely space used by an increasing number of patients and their loved ones.
Prior to refurbishment through a PPG COLOURFUL COMMUNITIES® project, the balcony of the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room was worn and tired looking.
PPG volunteers transformed the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room balcony into an inviting space for patients and loved ones to spend time together.
Working together to complete a COLOURFUL COMMUNITIES® project at the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room were (from left) Rachel Lacy, PPG ANZ colour category manager; Jessie Pearce, nurse unit manager, ward two, Moorabbin Hospital; Danielle Clarke, head of donor relations, Monash Health Foundation; and Sean Scanlon, PPG ANZ business development manager.