recently completed 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 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 a 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.”