Imagine as an adolescent, arriving in a foreign country short of cash, not knowing anyone and having no resources or accommodation.
This is how Patrick Ng remembers his first day in the country in 1978. Then at 19, it was a day he’ll never forget because the humble beginnings did not foretell the exciting and successful career that was to follow.
“I came from Johore, Malaysia, during the time of Gough Whitlam’s free education policy to study Architecture at RMIT. While I was excited to start my new life here, the policy was at its tail end and it was offered to me at the last minute which left me completely unprepared.
Thankfully, a Monash Uni student coordinator was able to help me with accommodation and the rest is history,” recounts Ng.
In 1994, Ng founded StrataPNA at the age of 35 and today he is the leading architect and co- director of StrataPNA and Own Your Own Block (OYOB), a property development company.
OYOB’s portfolio boasts a multitude of projects in Victoria with a value in excess of $250 million. Its latest, a 410 lot residential land development, is a unique housing estate abutting Kororoit Creek which will be the longest linear park in the state of Victoria upon completion.
Leaders of the Generosity Economy
OYOB has always been the game changer not only in property development, but in its pursuit of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Ng, with co-director Dhilharan Sivaratnam, founded OYOB with a unique business model: to build the largest property development community in Australia by making property affordable for everyday Aussies.
But it goes beyond that. OYOB’s 20 staff members and investment community have collectively raised over $1 million over the last 8 years, giving back to communities through what they call the “generosity economy.”
“We’re so grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to us and we aren’t just giving back, but are also helping our community grow and engender sustainability in the charities we support,” says Ng.
This Generosity Economy is the bedrock of OYOB where it extends into the non-profit sector via partnerships with multiple stakeholders to create long-term impact on communities.
“We’re so grateful for the opportunities afforded to us and we’re not only giving back, but also helping our community grow…”
Giving back in a disruptive way
OYOB is disrupting the traditional understanding of charity by moving beyond philanthropy.
Rather, their whole workplace culture and community participate in meaningful experiences to deeply connect with the charity.
Every year, the company and its business community embark on two major philanthropic endeavours raising funds for charitable causes as well as to foster engagement and build strong business bonds through ‘shared experiences’.
So while OYOB has always supported local charities, it was in 2012 that Ng was introduced to Peter Baines, the founder of Hands Across The Water (HATW or Hands), a phenomenal charity caring for at-risk children for the last 15 years throughout Thailand.
OYOB was especially engaged with Hands because of its unique model of ‘shared experiences’ in the form of bike rides and its highly successful business engagement programs.
For its bike rides, the challenge of a highly engaging 500km ride is not only life-changing and impactful that it ‘gives back’ to donors, but also delivers significant funding to children in need.
OYOB is disrupting the traditional understanding of charity by moving beyond philanthropy.”
Every rider raises funds before embarking on the five-day 500km bike ride journey.
“We instantly form incredible bonds with fellow riders as we’re pushed beyond our comfort zones and celebrate our achievements collectively. In addition, staff commitment has grown and we have been able to foster trust in business that years of meetings would not have achieved,” said Ng who’s completed his fourth 500km bike ride this year.
Following the April Thai bike ride, OYOB will embark on its fourth charitable shared experience in September: its Tuk Tuk ride in Sri Lanka to empower disadvantaged rural communities. OYOB is working to better publicise this unique charity model in Melbourne and is seeking for strategic partners to create a larger and more sustainable impact.
“For those who would like to be involved, we’ll again host a Charity Gala Ball in June to raise funds for these communities and celebrate our achievements in life and business.
Join us and come along for the ride of your lifetime.”
For more info, contact FELICITY at 03 9818 1467 or email
At time of print, OYOB’s Gala Ball in June will be deferred to September 2020. Please contact us for enquiries.
这就是 Patrick Ng -黄福来，回忆着他在 1978 年抵达澳大利亚的第一天。那年才19岁的他，永远不会忘记那天的情景，也因为上述苦涩且卑微的开端，根本无法预示他未来激动人心和成功的职业生涯。
“我出生自马来西亚柔佛州，由于受惠 Gough Whitlam’s 免费教育政策，我得以在皇家墨尔本理工大学攻读建筑学。虽然在这里开展新生活令人兴奋，但由于在最后一刻获得这项政策优惠，我完全没有充分准备。庆幸的是，一位莫纳什大学的学生协调员最终帮我解决了住宿问题。”
1994年，PatrickNg在35岁时创立了StrataPNA，如今他除了身为StrataPNA 的首席建筑师，还是一家名为Own Your Own Block(拥有你自己的宅基地)，简称OYOB房地产开发公司的联席董事。
OYOB一直在引领改变游戏规则风潮，不仅在房地产开发中，也同样展现在其企业社会责任 (CSR) 领域上的追求。Patrick Ng 与联席董事Dhilharan Sivaratnam 创造了OYOB独特的商业模式：在澳大利亚建立最大的房地产开发社区，让更多一般澳大利亚人负担得起房屋资产。
因此，虽然OYOB一直支持当地的慈善机构，但直到2012年，Patrick Ng才结识了Peter Baines，也就是Hands Across the Water (HATW或Hands) 的创始人，这是一个在过去15年里在泰国照顾高危与不幸儿童的杰出慈善机构。
而每位骑手在开始为期五天的500公里骑单车之旅前皆会筹集资金。“当我们成功超越舒适区，并共同庆祝成就时刻，我们会立即与其他骑手建立不可思议的联系。此外，除了增进员工的奉献感，我们还建立起多年会议无法实现的业务信任感。”他也在今年完成本身第四次500公里骑单车比赛。在4月份泰国骑单车之后，OYOB将在9月份开始第四次慈善共享经验：在斯里兰卡进行 Tuk Tuk 车骑行活动，增强弱势农村社区的能力。OYOB正在努力透过墨尔本积极宣扬这项独特的慈善模式，并正在寻求战略合作伙伴以创造更大、更具可持续性的影响。
欲知更多信息，请联系FELICITY, 03 9818 1467或电子邮件info@oyob.com.au。
By Karina Foo