For leading construction company Multiplex, giving back is a major part of the organisation’s culture. As part of The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) 150th anniversary, Multiplex is supporting Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail as a Principal Partner.
Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail will see 100 uniquely designed UooUoo sculptures take to the streets of Melbourne and Geelong between 20 January and 21 March 2021, creating a spectacular public art trail. Following the art trail, all 100 UooUoo sculptures will come together to be auctioned off, with the funds raised supporting the future of children’s health.
“The RCH resonates with all our people in the business. We’ve all been touched in some way by the incredible care of the RCH, having children or knowing children who’ve been there, so we jumped at the opportunity to give back,” said Multiplex Managing Director Graham Cottam.
Multiplex employs over 6,800 people globally and an integral part of their workforce are their graduates, providing a pathway from their studies into the workforce. As part of the Graduate Program the graduates undertake a charitable project, offering their services in-kind to support a worthy cause. In 2020, Multiplex graduates have been supporting the RCH Foundation, playing a pivotal role in the planning and delivery of Me and UooUoo.
“We’ve given our graduates full ownership of the project, developing their teamwork and management skills to ultimately deliver an impactful outcome,” said Graham.
Jordon Smith is a current graduate and part of the project leadership team who have been responsible for a range of behind-the-scenes work for the art trail and delegating to the wider graduate group. Collaborating with Shane Buzza of Blu Events Productions who is project managing the event, the graduates are honing their skills in planning, logistics and procurement. So far the Multiplex graduates have led the renovation of the artist warehouse, sourced 100 plinths for the sculptures and are currently planning the transport logistics for moving the UooUoos to their locations when the art trail launches in January 2021.
“It is an honour to be involved on this project with the other graduates Amy, Blake and Phil. It’s quite a tough but rewarding experience, I’m learning a lot personally, communicating with stakeholders, working with different sub-contractors and developing my skills,” said Jordon.
Not only are Multiplex supporting the behind-the-scenes action, they are also bringing colour and creativity to the streets by sponsoring their own UooUoo sculpture, selecting GlowUoo by Melbourne-based artist Emilie Walsh. In the lead-up to the art trail launch, Multiplex are planning internal staff activities with their chosen UooUoo and artist.
For Multiplex, the opportunity to partner with the RCH Foundation has not only supported its organisational goals in developing their graduates’ skills but it will also give all Multiplex employees the opportunity to support a cause close to their hearts in a fun and unique way.
“We enjoy connecting with communities we work within, having constructed a lot of buildings across Melbourne we’re excited to be bringing the city to life in a different way,” said Yue-Li Tan, Senior HR Advisor at Multiplex.
If you would like more information on how your business can be involved in Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail, visit www.uoouoo.org.au or contact Kate Dear, Corporate Engagement Manager at [email protected].