OzChild has joined forces with leading Australian builder, Boutique Homes, to build a 32 square home in Melbourne’s South East to allow siblings to stay together.
As part of OzChild’s Let’s Stay Together program, the house will become home for siblings who might otherwise be separated and their carer.
Chief Executive Officer of OzChild Lisa j. Griffiths says she is thrilled to be partnering with Boutique Homes in this project which will enable OzChild to support a sibling group who would otherwise have to be split up.
“Often when siblings are put into the care of a foster family they are unable to stay together. OzChild works extremely hard to keep families together and this purpose-built house will allow us to just that,” Lisa said.
“It is a wonderful commitment by Boutique Homes to make this house as beautiful as a display home and it will really give the children and young people in our care hope, dignity and the chance to shine.”
Located in Cranbourne North, the five bedroom, three bathroom home currently under construction will allow the siblings to enjoy plenty of green open spaces, parks and walking and bike trails.
It is also close to a number of state schools, and is only a short drive from Berwick Village and shopping precincts. Leisure facilities nearby include the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne Golf Course, Sweeney Reserve and Casey Fields for bike rides or a kick of the football.
Aidan Hooper, Managing Director of ABN Group Victoria said the company was excited to be working with OzChild on this project.
“We are extremely proud Boutique Homes has committed to building a foster home to provide care for children and young people who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives,” Aidan said.
“As a business, we recognise the importance of siblings staying together and supporting OzChild in this way will help brothers and sisters stay safe, and stay together. By giving these young children a safe home, we can give back to the community and we’re excited to be able to do so.
“We have encouraged our staff to be part of this initiative, with the team holding fundraising activities to help raise a portion of the funds towards this important project.
“We have also had generous contributions and support from our valued supplier partners and trades, who we look forward to working with to deliver a quality new home to our friends at OzChild.”
The house is expected to be ready for its new family in late September.
The partnership with OzChild is part of a significant charity program run by the ABN Group, of which Boutique Homes is part; the ABN Foundation has raised over $8.1million for worthwhile causes in Australia since it was established in 2006.
If you are a corporate wanting to support the work of OzChild please contact Glynis Smalley, Media and Sponsorship on 03 9695 2251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.