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Bank of Melbourne is celebrating its second anniversary on July 25 with a gift to its customers and the community – a unique piece of street art in Hawthorn.

The artwork is being created by acclaimed Melbourne street artist Adrian Doyle and young people from Very Special Kids, which provides counselling and support services to families caring for a child diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. The painting will stretch more than five metres down the outside wall of the bank’s Hawthorn branch, located on the corner of Glenferrie Road and Linda Crescent.

Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive Scott Tanner said the artwork was a gift to Victorians to thank them for their support over the past two years and contribution to Bank of Melbourne’s strong growth and success.

“We are building the bank of the future for today’s Victorians and we thank our customers, partners and the community for getting behind us and helping us get here,” said Mr Tanner.

“The painting on the wall of our new branch at Hawthorn is a small gift to say thank you to our customers and the community as we mark our second anniversary.”

Since launching in July 2011, Bank of Melbourne has more than doubled its branch network, opening its 72nd branch in Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre earlier this month. It has welcomed close to100,000 additional customers and doubled its workforce to more than 900. Branches in Brighton, Balaclava and Coburg are scheduled to open in September and the bank is on track to achieve its five-year target of more than 100 branches and over 1000 employees.

Bank of Melbourne has been embraced by Victorian businesses and industry groups and partnered with iconic Victorian events and institutions such as the MCG, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the Melbourne Marathon and Spring Fashion Week.

The bank was humbled by the great work being done in communities across the state, prompting it to make financial contributions to a range of community projects through its grants programs The Local Project and Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund. It has also supported organisations including Melbourne City Mission, Police Blue Ribbon Day, Kids Red Nose Day, Peter MacCallum Ride to Conquer Cancer, Feed Melbourne, and many other causes at local branch level.

“Our people live here and work here. They know their local communities and get involved in a grassroots and meaningful way,” said Mr Tanner.

“We are very excited about our future and are here to help Victorians take their next step.”