Wealth Built Right, a Geelong-based financial mentor firm, are proudly involved in Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail as sponsors of the UooUoo, Pixo & Pixa. What makes their support special is how it has showcased the wide reach of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) and its care, having touched the lives of the organisation’s directors and their families, friends, clients, UooUoo artist and the Geelong community.
Built on the values of love, honesty, courage, fun and adventure, Wealth Built Right is not your usual financial advisory business. Rather, directors Terry Powell and Natalie Waterhouse are dedicated to mentoring clients and gaining a holistic understanding of their lifestyle and goals. Both Natalie and Terry have a special place in their hearts for the RCH with their own personal connections to the hospital.
Natalie’s seven year old daughter Mia has been under the care of the RCH since she was two years old with severe food allergies. Mia was recently part of a research project at the hospital investigating new treatment options for her anaphylaxis. Although the clinical trial did not improve her condition, Natalie is grateful for their continued care and commitment to innovation.
“The sheer fact that we were able to be a part of a trial which might help other kids is extraordinary. We feel really blessed that the RCH is there for Mia,” said Natalie.
Another connection to the hospital is through Terry’s long term friendship with Grant and Margie Sheldon. The Sheldon family established the Kyle Sheldon Memorial Fund in honour of their late son Kyle to raise funds for the innovative Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction Service at the RCH. The Kyle Sheldon Memorial Golf Day, which runs annually in January, is the family’s major fundraising event, and Wealth Built Right have been sponsors of the event since its inception in 2017.
In support of Me and UooUoo, Wealth Built Right held a launch event in Geelong, bringing the community together to raise awareness of the art trail and to celebrate 150 years of the RCH. The event began outside of the Geelong Town Hall where Sue Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of the RCH Foundation thanked Wealth Built Right for their support of the art trail and officially unveiled their sponsored UooUoo sculpture, Pixo & Pixa.
“We’re incredibly honoured to have the support of Wealth Built Right and the Geelong community. Their generosity in supporting this UooUoo exemplifies what the art trail is all about. Not only does Pixo & Pixa bring colour, creativity and imagination to our streets, but it has true heart and meaning at its core,” said Sue.
The event then moved to the Geelong Art Gallery and featured talks from Grant Sheldon, Natalie and Mia who all shared their personal experiences with the hospital.
Wealth Built Right’s UooUoo, Pixo & Pixa by local artist Laine Hogarty explores pixel malleability and digitised plasticity, and contemplates the brain’s ability to create new neurone pathways to heal and regenerate the body. Laine’s UooUoo is dedicated to the memory of Geelong teenager David Saunders, the son of Laine’s long-time friend Jodie and husband Ian. David was able to see the completed UooUoo with Laine, however he sadly passed away just before Christmas last year after a two year battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumour. To honour 14 years of David’s life, Laine painted 14 hearts hidden throughout her design.
Having each been connected to the hospital in their own way, Terry and Natalie feel even more passionately about the RCH than before by being involved in Me and UooUoo.
“We are so blessed to have such an amazing children’s hospital that we can rely on. There will always be health challenges that kids face, so it’s important that we continue to have the best of the best in Melbourne. Children are our future,” said Natalie.
“We’re very fortunate and proud to be part of Me and UooUoo. It has brought colour and fun to our community in Geelong after the uncertainty of 2020. Through our own personal connections, we can see that our support can make a difference to the lives of so many children,” said Terry.