Giving Back

Our Charities

Giving back is important to us; we focus on 4 areas including the environment, children, animals and our closest neighbours; Papua New Guinea. By booking your event at Yarra Valley Estate, you are ensuring we are able to continue to support our selected charities.


Global Gardens of Peace

Global Gardens of Peace has been developed as a belief that children the world over benefit immeasurably from being able to play in a colourful outdoor garden, and aims to provide gardens and play areas for children in war-torn and poor countries. Louise Ward, owner of YVE is chairperson on the board of directors.


Creating Hope Foundation

The Moira Kelly Creating Hope Foundation builds on Moira’s decades of work caring for sick and needy children and their families. It provides comfort, hope, protection and safety to children and families who need it most. YVE owners, Louise and John Ward, together with YVE have always supported Moira in all her amazing endeavours.


Babbajin Park Wildlife Shelter

Located onsite at Yarra Valley Estate

Babbajin Park Wildlife Shelter was established by Tony Wooley here at YVE, after the original wildlife shelter in nearby Steels Creek burnt down in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. John and Louise Ward donated five-acres of land which is now a beautiful rehabilitation sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife, taking in kangaroos, wombats, possums and many varieties of birds.

You can support the wildlife shelter by arranging a visit while staying with us. All we ask is that you donate $10pp to the shelter for essential medical aid and food for the animals in care.


The PNG Foundation

John Ward, owner of YVE, used to live in the remote mountainous area of PNG and developed a close relationship with the local community.

He founded The PNG Foundation to provide volunteer medical personnel and supplies to Kanabea, a remote area in PNG. John makes several trips each year with volunteer medical teams, to provide medical clinics to the Kamea people. Moira Kelly works closely with John, evacuating children from PNG in need of care.