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Avalon Airport celebrates the Royal Children's Hospital's 150 year milestone through new partnership

Avalon Airport CEO Justin Giddings and UooUoos

Avalon Airport has partnered with The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Foundation to celebrate 150 years of the RCH, one of the world’s leading paediatric hospitals. The partnership encourages Victorians to recognise the extraordinary impact that great care has had on children for one and half centuries.

To celebrate and recognise this major milestone, the RCH and the RCH Foundation are presenting a program of initiatives that will honour the hospital’s past and set the agenda, spirit and vision for the future.

As part of this, the RCH Foundation together with Avalon Airport and other supporting partners will present Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail.

Me and UooUoo is set to take over the streets of Melbourne and Geelong with a spectacular large-scale public art trail and fundraising auction. Combining Victoria’s passion for art and culture with a dash of outdoor adventure, Me and UooUoo encourages individuals, families and businesses to get active and contribute to the enduring legacy of the RCH for future generations.

Avalon Airport has adopted two UooUoos titled ‘Spring Wattle’ and ‘Untitled’ by artists Christopher Strong and Ghostpatrol, respectively. One will be located in Melbourne on Southbank and other in North Geelong at the Federal Mills. The airport’s CEO, Justin Giddings, said the team is proud to be involved in one of Victoria’s biggest celebrations.

“We’re honoured to team up with the RCH Foundation to not only recognise this momentous occasion, but to also help the hospital continue to deliver world leading care to sick and vulnerable children and young people for centuries to come,” Mr Giddings said.

“We are Victorians for Victorians. As a team at Avalon Airport, we are passionate about supporting organisations like The Royal Children’s Hospital and the excellent work they do. Through our partnerships, we’re able to help individuals, communities and organisations who it need most and make a difference in people’s lives,” he said.

Artist Christopher Strong said, “My task was to decorate the UooUoo with wattle. I want it to be a burst of colour and positive energy. To me, wattle means the change of season and the beginning of the warmer months. It is the end to shorter daylight hours, grey skies and being stuck indoors. It’s about change and new possibilities. If I could share just some of the feelings and emotions with the public, all the work would be well worth it.”

Second artist, Ghostpatrol, said native wildlife was the inspiration behind his artwork. “I’m inspired by our country’s native species, so a lot of my work involves Australian animals. People love connecting with our country’s flora and fauna. Our native animals are interesting and unique, and bring a sense warmth, connection and positivity,” he said.

The hospital’s CEO Sue Hunt said, “Art is a wonderful way to engage people and evoke feelings of joy and connection. By engaging 100 artists and delivering this project to the public we’re able to bring the community into the heart of the hospital’s anniversary.

“Along with all our sponsors, a sincere thanks to Avalon Airport. We recognise your incredible generosity and the important role you continue to play in supporting the RCH. We truly could not deliver the art trail without you.

“Although this year isn’t how we imagined to celebrate, now is an opportunity to not only give the hospital and community the celebration it deserves, but to acknowledge the resilience and togetherness of all Victorians. The work of the RCH has no end, and in recognising how far the hospital has come since its founding 150 years ago, the possibilities of what the future holds are endless.”

Set to take place from 20 January to 21 March 2021, Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail is a large-scale outdoor community event, which fosters a shared sense of pride in the hospital while promoting health, happiness and wellbeing. For more information, visit www.uoouoo.org.au.

WIN FLIGHTS! Avalon Airport is offering you the chance to win flights when you visit either one of our UooUoos. Simply follow us on Instagram, take a selfie with either of our UooUoos, and upload to Instagram as a post using the special competition hashtag! Download the Me and UooUoo app for details.

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