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PPG completes COLORFUL COMMUNITIES project at Moorabbin Hospital in Australia

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:09 pm EDT


"The transformation of the family room will make a significant and positive difference to the overall experience of patients and their families"

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 10, 2019 – PPG (NYSE:PPG) today announced the completion of a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project at Monash Health’s Moorabbin Hospital in Bentleigh East, Australia, that revitalized 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 homey space for patients to receive treatment planning and also to rest and recover after receiving radiation or chemotherapy.

PPG provided 12 gallons (44 liters) of TAUBMANS™ interior and exterior paint to support the project. PPG’s Global Community Engagement program also provided more than US$17,415 (AU$25,000) for a complete refurbishment of the family room, including new furniture, flooring, blinds, notice board and television.

The Colorful Communities program provides PPG volunteers and products along with financial contributions to bring color 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 color and technical experts collaborated with the center’s staff, who directly consulted with patients, to guide the color 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 color 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 revitalize 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.” 

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. I can see the positive impact the end result will have on patients and their families.”

The Colorful 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 Colorful Communities program, PPG’s signature initiative for supporting communities, aims to protect and beautify the neighborhoods where PPG operates around the world. Through the Colorful Communities program, PPG’s committed volunteers contribute their time and PPG paint products to help transform community assets – from painting classrooms, to bringing color to a maternity ward and redesigning a playground. Since 2015, PPG has completed more than 200 Colorful 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 color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $9 million in 2018, supporting hundreds of organizations 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.


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 Colorful 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 Foundation Australia Sensitive Choice program may offer benefits to people with asthma or allergies.

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A COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project and grant from PPG transformed the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room into a comfortable and homey space used by an increasing number of patients and their loved ones.
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Prior to refurbishment through a PPG COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project, the balcony of the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room was worn and tired looking.
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PPG volunteers transformed the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room balcony into an inviting space for patients and loved ones to spend time together.
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Working together to complete a COLORFUL COMMUNITIES® project at the Monash Cancer Centre’s family room were (from left) Rachel Lacy, PPG ANZ color category manager; Jessie Pearce, nurse unit manager, medical oncology, Moorabbin Hospital; Danielle Clarke, head of donor relations, Monash Health Foundation; and Sean Scanlon, PPG ANZ business development manager.
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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.


Bianca Nelson Vatnsdal
Architectural Coatings ANZ
0436 809 560

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