Improving Life Chances

PCL strives to make a positive contribution in the communities in which its employees live and work. This year, PCL employees in Melbourne, Australia, threw their support behind the Children’s Protection Society (CPS). PCL, and its Australian joint-venture partner, Grocon, teamed up to raise funds, organize a toy drive, and participate in a weekend working bee to upgrade a CPS facility so that it can better serve the community​.
Children enjoying the upgraded facilities at the Child & Family Centre.Children enjoying the upgraded facilities at the
Child & Family Centre.

The results of Grocon/PCL toy drive for the Children’s Protection Society.The results of Grocon/PCL toy drive for the
Children’s Protection Society.
The CPS is an independent child and family welfare o​rganization established in the Australian state of Victoria in 1896. Their mission is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect that exists in some families and to improve the life chances and choices for all children.
“Grocon/PCL’s support has been amazing,” said Aileen Ashford, chief executive officer of the Children’s Protection Society. “With their contribution, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of some of the most at-risk children in our city.”

A New Philanthropic Partnership

At a corporate level, PCL has a long history of partnering with major philanthropic organizations like United Way, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, each of PCL’s operating offices around the world is aligned with local charitable-giving organizations. Melbourne is the latest city in which PCL is providing construction contracting services, and the organization is continuing its tradition of community involvement there by serving the most vulnerable members of society—children.
“Our employees enjoy supporting their communities,” said Danny Dodds, PCL’s regional finance and administration manager in Melbourne. “Grocon, our joint-venture partner on the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC)​​ had a preexisting relationship with the Children’s Protection Service, and our employees felt that it was a natural fit for PCL to join Grocon in supporting this remarkable organization.”

A Working Bee

This year’s contributions to the CPS culminated in a working bee that gave a “facelift” to the Child & Family Centre (a facility established by the CPS) in the Melbourne neighborhood of Heidelberg West. 
“Volunteers from Grocon/PCL and other local corporate supporters have given new life to our Child & Family Centre,” said Ashford. “Improvements include landscaping, new exterior furniture items, shelters for petting-zoo animals, and the installation of bamboo fencing to create a safe area for our babies and toddlers to enjoy the outdoors. These things will bring joy into the lives of disadvantaged children who need refuge from neglectful or abusive situations.”
The Child & Family Centre works similarly to a normal child care facility in that children are there for most of the day. They are fed breakfast, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea and are provided with an avenue to learn, play, and interact with others in a safe environment. The Child & Family Centre is one of a kind in Australia as it works with vulnerable children and aims to get them to a point where they are ready for school by the age of five.

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