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Our story

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery united to present ‘Hop for Hope’ – a collaborative art exhibition raising funds to keep children safe from violence and bullying.

Nestled amongst the picturesque views of the Yarra Valley, the Hop for Hope exhibition showcased 40 larger than life-size kangaroos designed and created by iconic Australian artists and identities. Artists were given the theme of ‘hope’ to create their kangaroos, with each artist interpreting hope in their own unique way.

Michael Leunig’s roo featured his iconic cartoon creations while painter David Bromley’s roo displayed butterflies in his signature style that has made him one of Australia’s 50 most collectable artists. Foundation Ambassador and AFL legend Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico demonstrated his artistic flair by partnering with aboriginal artist Nathan Patterson. Many incredible artists and celebrities contributed to this wonderful exhibition.

Throughout the months of September and October 2015, forty incredible kangaroo artworks were on display at The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery as part of a free family-friendly art exhibition supporting the important work of the Foundation – keep children safe from violence and bullying.

Beautiful handcrafted donation boxes accompanied each kangaroo, adorning details of the artist, their concept and design. Visitors had the chance to vote for their favourite kangaroo by placing a gold coin in the donation boxes.

Over 120,000 people visited the exhibition during September and October helping the Foundation continue their important work, caring for children who have been impacted by violence and bullying.

Thank you to all who supported the inaugural Hop for Hope fundraising campaign proudly supporting The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.


The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating impact.

The Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania on 28 April 1996.

We care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. We also run programs that prevent violence and advocate for children’s safety and wellbeing.


Our vision is that every child will live in a safe and supportive environment.

To find out more visit amf.org.au


kidsYarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery

Passionate foodies Ian and Leanne Neeland have developed a destination where you can delight in the experience of tasting, seeing and indulging in quality products.

Set on 16 hectares amongst one of Australia’s premium wine regions and surrounded by picturesque Yarra Valley vistas, an emerging orchard and sweeping lawns, our architect designed Chocolaterie is an experience the whole family can enjoy.

You can watch the art of chocolate making from handcrafting to handpacking and meet our European chocolatiers who will amaze you with their chocolate creations. There’s plenty of free chocolate and ice cream tastings in our stunning showroom and over 250 different chocolate varieties and chocolate inspired gifts to tempt you.

Stay a while and enjoy the peaceful Yarra Valley views in our Cafe. Breakfast, morning tea, light lunch or an afternoon treat – our menu features produce from our kitchen garden or sourced from nearby farms. And of course, decadent desserts, fondue, pastries and ice creams are our specialties.

When tastings are done, children are encouraged to roam and explore the Chocolaterie’s lawns, native gardens, orchard and developing wetlands conservation area on our beautiful property. And if you’d like to share the Chocolaterie experience with loved ones, we can arrange beautifully presented gift vouchers that can be redeemed for any of our chocolates, in the cafe or for our Junior Chocolatier classes.

To find out more visit yvci.com.au


Our supporters

Hop for Hope is made possible through the generous support of the following partners and sponsors:   TL Tomax     Hoogies    AlowynGardensViponds Paints