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What is the Business Community Partnership Program?

The Business Community Partnership program was set up to help the Geelong business community to understand the uniqueness of Anam Cara Geelong as a community respite service. The program opens Anam Cara Geelong's doors to local businesses, enabling us to work together with the common goal of providing respite to the many local families who care for someone with a chronic or terminal illness.

Member Organisations


Gartland Real Estate has always been passionate about Geelong - the town, the people and the community - since opening the doors of the business in 1999. Director Bob Gartland, his wife Phillipa and the Gartland Team have endeavored to support various charities and groups wherever possible. Over the years, Gartland's community involvement has grown rapidly, so it was decided that they would channel these various involvements all under one banner. Gartland Community. Together Nothing is Impossible.

Mr Frank Costa OAM

Frank Costa OAM is the Patron of Anam Cara House Geelong. For more than 50 years, Frank has been at the forefront of developing and building the Costa group into a major horticultural and logistics company. He is well known as President of the Geelong Football Club (1998 - 2010) and tirelessly promotes the development of the City of Geelong and surrounding community. Frank has also been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for his services to youth and the community.



Barwon Timber is an independent family-owned timber and hardware retailer that has grown from a small Oregon supplier to one of the largest building material supplier in the Geelong and Surfcoast area. Over the years, we have established long term business relationships with Victoria’s leading residential and commercial builders and construction firms.



SHAPE GROUP is one of Australia’s largest fitout and refurbishment specialists. For 24 years, SHAPE GROUP has delivered both large and small fitout and refurbishment projects for some of Australia's leading government and non-government sector organisations. With a focus on collaboration and zero disruption to business operations, SHAPE GROUP brings a partnership approach to project delivery to ensure the journey is enjoyable for all stakeholders.



Jonathan Hepner Funerals' caring and professional staff offer 24 hour support to you in your time of grief. Providing genuine and respectful care and assistance to families throughout Geelong and district.




Located in Victoria’s Western District, M.C. Herd is a large family-owned meat processing facility supplying high quality Australian lamb, sheep and beef to both local and overseas markets



As an ASX participant, Morgans Geelong can advise and execute on-market investments including shares, fixed interest and derivatives. They combine their direct investment services with financial planning specialisation to provide a broad offering which is then tailored to your requirements.

LBW Chartered Accountants provides a wide range of accounting, financial, business and taxation services

Sapphire Care was founded in 2003, with the objective of changing the way in which the Aged Care industry was viewed and operated. Starting with just one residence the company has now grown into one of the most successful and highly regarded Aged Care operators in Victoria.

Sapphire is focussed on delivering exceptional Care, Lifestyle and Surroundings. Our promise is to listen and put residents first, offering a complete range of care needs across our residences.

What is the Business Community Partnership Program?

Has anyone you know ever needed care as they face an illness that limits the length and quality of their life?

We all hope to have good health and live a full and long life. However any one of us may face a chronic or terminal illness that could prematurely end our life or significantly restrict how we live it. Anam Cara House Geelong provides a “a place like home” for those of us who experience a life limiting illness, or care for someone in that situation.

We celebrated our eighth year of operation in July 2015. Since we opened our doors in July 2007, the cost to Anam Cara Geelong to cover one night of palliative care with full medical and nursing support is $2,000.

The aim of the Business Community Partnership Program is to endeavour to provide our palliative care services at no cost to our guests and their carers.

Anam Cara Geelong receives no current government funding despite the significant community benefit we provide.

How can you help?

You can pledge your support for Anam Cara Geelong through our new Business Community Partnership program. By joining our program you will help provide hope to the many local families facing the challenges of a loved one with a life-limiting illness.

Your pledge & the benefits of pledging:

  • $2,000 per annum
  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status
  • Peace of mind for guests and their families



Anam Cara Geelong is thrilled to welcome Gartland Community on board as our first Business Community Partner. Thanks to Bob Gartland and the team for supporting the program over the next three years. Their pledge will fund one night of palliative care nursing which we provide free of charge to our guests.

We would also like to welcome our Patron Frank Costa, Jonathan Hepner Funerals, SHAPE GROUP and MC Herd as Business Community Partners. Morgans Financial Geelong has also made a pledge to us and joined the program.

A special mention to Barwon Timber & Hardware for their generous donation which has covered over two nights of palliative care nursing. Your support is invaluable.

The Business Community Partnership program is open to all businesses in Geelong. To pledge your support, contact Tim Watson on 03 5222 5831 or