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Family-Friendly Outdoor Art Exhibition for A Good Cause
Hop For Hope is a unique family-friendly art exhibition being held in the Yarra Valley, with the added bonus of raising funds to keep children safe from violence and bullying.

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery has joined forces with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation to create this exhibition that will run throughout September and October. Inspired by the theme of hope, leading Australian artists, entrepreneurs, sports stars and media personalities have transformed forty life-size kangaroo sculptures into unique works of art.

Hop For Hope, Alannah and Madeline, Yarra Valley, kangaroo, kangaroo art
Hop For Hope - artworks inspired by Hope (Image credit:

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.

Hop For Hope, Alannah and Madeline, Yarra Valley, Rowena Martinich
Artist Rowena Martinich creating her artwork for Hop For Hope (Image credit:

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.

Hop For Hope, Alannah and Madeline, Yarra Valley, kangaroo, kangaroo art, Janine Allis
Janine Allis and her creation for Hop For Hope (Image credit:

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.

For more information, visit the Hop For Hope website or Facebook page.
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Why? To enjoy an outdoor art exhibition while raising funds to keep children safe from violence and bullying
When: Tuesday 1st September - Sunday 1st November 2015
Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen
Cost: Free
Your Comment
What a wonderful way to raise funds. Must find time to get up there. The Chocolaterie makes it even more attractive.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7511) 1578 days ago
Well done for getting silver.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12492) 1561 days ago
That kangaroo looks so beautiful.
by Sherry (score: 2|446) 1568 days ago
The kangaroos are amazing.
by wmjah (score: 0|2) 1563 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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