at home in local communities
While Visy’s network spans the breadth of Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the region, our plants, warehouses and people are primarily part of the local communities in which we operate, with many in regional locations.
The Pratt Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Pratt family which owns Visy, supports initiatives and partners with like-minded organisations, to create positive change within these communities.
Supporting The Royal Children’s Hospital
The Pratt Foundation is a supporter of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). At the end of 2020, the Pratt Foundation donated 1,100 toys to The RCH, in lieu of the annual Pratt Party for the Kids which was sadly unable to go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions. Patients, and their siblings, were delighted to receive the gifts which catered for newborns to teens, and included remote controlled cars, puzzles, showbags and soft toys.
In 2021, the Pratt Foundation were again honoured to support The RCH Good Friday Appeal 2021 Teddy Bear Hospital. More than $17 million was raised in this year’s Good Friday Appeal, the 90th time the annual event has been held.
Supporting bush-fire impacted regions
Following the bushfires in early 2020 in the region surrounding Tumut, where Visy’s Tumut kraft paper mill is located, the Pratt Foundation worked with the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) to administer the $1 million Visy Tumut Region Recovery Fund.
The fund was designed to support the recovery of communities in the Snowy Valleys Council region, providing support in the form of grants to local not-for-profit organisations and community groups to deliver programs, services and activities to help local people.
The programs covered mental health and wellbeing, environmental and wildlife recovery, social connectedness and cultural vibrancy, community infrastructure and equipment. The $1 million donated by the Pratt Foundation to the recovery fund, was in addition to a further $100,000 donated by the Pratt Foundation to ten local fire services..
Providing food relief during the COVID-19 pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded during 2020, the Pratt Foundation and Visy joined Second Bite and Fare Share, two long-standing food rescue partners, to respond to the growing number of Victorians needing food relief. Working with Visy, the Pratt Foundation agreed to fund a pilot program to enable the delivery of 100,000 Cyrovac pre-cooked frozen meals to a wide range of charities. The recipients ranged from students at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities to neighbourhood organisations in Bairnsdale and Bendigo.
A second pilot program with Melbourne food distribution charity C-Care, and Visy customer The Fruit Box’s philanthropic arm, The One Box, saw weekly supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables distributed to needy families.
Endorsing both programs, Visy Chairman, Anthony Pratt, said the initiatives reflected a major Pratt and Visy investment in food relief for thousands of Australians during the pandemic.
Visy Cares was established by The Pratt Foundation in 1995 to develop projects in locations where Visy has large manufacturing sites or areas of substantial community need. Visy Cares initiated projects in Dandenong, Shepparton (2), Reservoir, Meadow Heights, Laverton and Sunshine.
Visy Cares has established community-based projects such as youth centres, information and library facilities, community centres, youth transition centres, hospital infrastructure, co-located facilities for migrants and refugees and school improvements.
Visy Cares consults with local communities and involves their representatives during the development of each project. Financial contributions are drawn from the federal, state and local governments, as well as the wider and local business communities, philanthropists and individuals.