The exhibition is being held in the picturesque grounds of the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, in Yarra Glen (about an hour's drive from the Melbourne CBD). Organisers are hoping it will become Australia's largest family-friendly art exhibition. They are expecting over 200,000 visitors during the two-month exhibition.
Entry to Hop For Hope is free. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite artwork by giving a gold coin donation. All of the artworks will be sold at the conclusion of the exhibition in an online auction. All proceeds will go to The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, which is a national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating impact. Organisers are hoping to raise over $400,000 to continue the important work of this group.
The fibreglass kangaroos have been transformed by acclaimed artists such as painters David Bromley and Charles Billich, sculptor Ted Secombe, and cartoonist Michael Leunig. Other personalities such as ex-AFL footballer Robert 'Dipper' DiPierdomenico, presenters Melissa Doyle and Chrissie Swan, and Boost Juice director Janine Allis have teamed up with artists to turn their vision of hope into an artwork. All of the artists and personalities involved have given their time and expertise for free, in support of the foundation.
This event is a great day out for the whole family. It's also a great excuse to visit the Yarra Valley in its springtime glory. It will be hard to resist picking up some delicious chocolates, or visiting some local wineries while you're there.