DISRUPTING THE PROPERTY & CHARITY LANDSCAPE 颠覆房产与慈善景观

Patrick Ng, formerly from Johore, Malaysia is now a leading architect and company director of Strata PNA and OYOB Property

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 boutique unit development, The Ultimo at the suburb of Narre Warren

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…”

OYOB is inviting you on its next charitable experience Tuk Tuk ride in Sri Lanka

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.

Hands’ shared experience bike rides are life-changing and impactful both for the children and donors.
Seeing the impact of funds raised firsthand is deeply meaningful and fun

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 

info@oyob.com.au

At time of print, OYOB’s Gala Ball in June will be deferred to September 2020. Please contact us for enquiries. 

OYOB empowers lives in rural Thailand and rural Sri Lanka

请想象一下:一名身上只有少量现金的青涩少年突然来到陌生国度、毫无联系资源,甚至没有栖身之处,忐忑不安的窘境。

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在维多利亚拥有超过2.5亿澳元的多元投资组合项目。这是一个具备410地块的住宅开发项目,作为独特的住宅区,毗邻Kororoit Creek,建成后将是维多利亚州最长的线型公园。

引领宽宏的奉献经济
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。

而且这个情况也持续超越。OYOB的20名员工和投资社区在过去8年里总共筹集了100多万澳元,通过他们所说的“奉献经济”回馈社区。

“我们感激机会所赐予的一切,我们不只是回馈,也协助社区发展和对于我们支持的慈善机构产生可持续性状态。“至于奉献经济作为OYOB的基石,延伸到非营利部门,通过与多个利益相关者建立合作,形成对社区的长期影响。

颠覆性的回馈方式
OYOB颠覆和跨越人们对于传统慈善事业的既定印象。相反,他们的整体工作场所文化创造了有意义的体验,他们所成立的社区也参与其中,与慈善机构建设密切联系。每年,该公司及其企业界都会开展两项主要的慈善事业的筹集资金活动,并通过“共享经验”促进参与并巩固业务联系。

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。

OYOB与HATW牵手展开其独特的“共享经验”的形式,即是骑单车运动和高度透明的捐赠基金。这项骑行多达500公里高度参与的单车挑战,不仅是改变生活,且更有效的回馈捐赠者,也提供关键资金给与孤儿院和贫困家庭的儿童。

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。

“对于那些想参与的人们,我们将再次在6月举办一场慈善晚会为这些社区筹集资金,并且庆祝我们在人生和商业上的成就。加入我们,一起来骑行人生旅程。“

欲知更多信息,请联系FELICITY, 03 9818 1467或电子邮件info@oyob.com.au

在刊物印刷时刻,原定6月举行的OYOB晚会宣布推迟到2020年9月。如有任何疑问,请与我们联络。

By Karina Foo