Giving back

I do this business for more than just me and the flute players who come here to learn! I know I can help others who need it, so I give a portion of my profit to a cause that I believe in.

Often it is sponsoring a friend who is doing something for charity, and sometimes it's a cause that I contribute to directly. Either way, every small amount helps, and I plan to be able to give more and more as time goes on.

Here are the donations (in Australian Dollars) so far...

MAY 2020

$140 to Taj's fundraising!

This bright little bike-riding boy is raising money throughout June for Australia's Westpac Rescue Helicopter - a wonderful, life-saving service!

APRIL 2020

$200 to Wayside Chapel

This excellent organisation provides emergency meals, showers, clothing packs, blankets, housing, medical care and more to people in crisis in Sydney.

MARCH 2020

$200 to Wing Chun Academy

This month, I want to support a local business to help them keep their doors open through the Coronavirus pandemic. International Wing Chun Academy is a fantastic martial arts school in Sydney.

FEBRUARY 2020

$100 to Koala Hospital

After the devastating bushfires in Australia, the koala population has really suffered.

Port Macquarie Koala Hospital does a wonderful job at rescuing and rehabilitating injured and sick koalas.

JANUARY 2020

$100 to The Hunger Project

I recently learnt of the incredible work that The Hunger Project are doing.

The Hunger Project’s goal is to end world hunger by 2030.They see people living in hunger as the solution, not the problem. THP works to shift the mindsets of women and men so they transform into leaders for the sustainable end of hunger.

DECEMBER 2019

$90 to WIRES

The devastating fires in Australia have killed and injured so many beautiful animals. WIRES are a rescue service for native wildlife and are doing an amazing job in such difficult and heartbreaking circumstances.

NOVEMBER 2019

$100 to Seeing Eye Dogs

What a wonderful organisation! Vision Australia's Seeing Eye Dogs provides world-class bred and trained dogs which help to provide independence for people who are blind or have low vision.

OCTOBER 2019

$70 to Zohra Afghanistan Women's Orchestra

Zohra’s musicians are the first women in their families, communities and country to study music in over 30 years.

The wonderful Afghanistan National Institute of Music is doing amazing things for the young people of their country.

SEPTEMBER 2019

$500 to Ozharvest

OzHarvest is Australia’ leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1300 charities supporting people in need across the country.

AUGUST 2019

$80 to Ping-Pong-a-Thon

My friend Steve and his wife Julie are fundraising by playing a LOT of ping pong!

Ping Pong-A-Thon is a fundraising & advocacy movement, combating human trafficking and exploitation of young people in South East Asia through a series of table tennis events held every year.

JULY 2019

$100 to Foodbank

My friend Michael recently ran the 14km City2Surf in Sydney. He chose the charity Foodbank to raise money for, so I supported him!

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians.

JUNE 2019

$90 to Animals for All Care

Animals for All Care believe that the physical and mental wellbeing of our aging population is intimately connected with the health and happiness of all animals.

I love this organisation! Looking after our older folk is so very very important.

MAY 2019

$120 to Orange Sky

This donation will help Orange Sky to provide clean laundry, warm showers and genuine conversation for people on the streets in Australia.

APRIL 2019

$100 to Entrust Foundation

I discovered my good friend does a lot of work with Entrust. And I want to support her and her charity!

Entrust is about identifying and funding projects that bring transformation to individuals and communities in the developing world amongst the poor and oppressed.

MARCH 2019

$100 to Dignity

Dignity helps people who are homeless by providing emergency crisis accommodation and food for struggling families and individuals.

Dignity's guests often arrive with nothing, so they also provide carefully selected quality clothing packs.

FEBRUARY 2019

$100 to Animals For All Care

Animals for All Care, in Sydney, takes rescue dogs around to nursing homes and helps older folk feel connected to animals. Which brings happiness to people who so often are missing their beloved pets! Amazing.

 

JANUARY 2019

$100 to Orange Sky

Orange Sky operates 27 vehicles in 22 cities around Australia, providing 87,995 loads of washing and 7,138 warm showers every week to homeless people. And most importantly, they give 144,772 hours every week of genuine and non-judgemental conversation.

You guys are great Orange Sky!

DECEMBER 2018

$180 to Symphony for Life Foundation

Symphony for Life invests in the children of Australia who need it most! ​They​ create excellent orchestras and choirs for children and young people living in challenging or emerging communities.

NOVEMBER 2018

$50 to Wayside Chapel

"Because no one should go hungry at Christmas."

Last December, a constant stream of homeless men, women and children walked through the doors of Wayside Chapel in Sydney, in desperate need of food and support.

Christmas Day is a special time when the homeless can enjoy a free meal (with all the trimmings).

 

OCTOBER 2018

$80 to Ping-Pong-a-Thon

My friend Steve is raising money by playing in a Ping Pong tournament this month!

Ping-Pong-A-Thon is a fundraising & advocacy movement, combating human trafficking and exploitation of young people in South East Asia.

SEPTEMBER 2018

$60 to help send Jett to space camp!

Jett is a Sydney 10 year old who is a science and technology enthusiast. He suffered from a brain tumour and lost his vision suddenly and permanently when he was 8.

He is raising money to go to the Vision Impaired Space Camp in the US. Good luck Jett!

AUGUST 2018

$50 to The Bloody Long Walk

My colleague Debbie is walking 35km along the beautiful coast of Sydney to raise money for Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Go Debbie!

And nicely named - The Bloody Long Walk!

JULY 2018

$120 to Share the Dignity

Twice a year Share the Dignity collect sanitary items that are then donated to their registered charities. Their charity partners then supply homeless, at-risk and women experiencing domestic violence with dignity at a time they need it most.

It's something I'd never really thought about until I saw a poster in a toilet cubicle recently about this charity. Glad I know about these guys now.

JUNE 2018

$88 to Ping Pong a Thon

These guys are so amazing, enthusiastic and compassionate. The "Pong" combats human trafficking and exploitation of young people in South East Asia. Communities across Australia and the USA, host table tennis events each October and so far have raised $1.25 million!

MAY 2018

$120 to Delta Society

Delta therapy dogs visit aged care homes, mental health units, hospitals, disability services, prisons and dementia specific facilities, all around Australia, bringing much needed joy and happiness.

Dogs are so wonderful to be around. Especially when you're feeling like you need company!

APRIL 2018

$100 to Mercy Huts

Mercy Huts Surf Retreat is on Rote Island, Indonesia. My good friends Sally and Paul are 2 of the founders of Mercy Huts. They are establishing a beachfront retreat for holiday-makers that wholly gives back to local people living in poverty. Great stuff guys.

MARCH 2018

$70 to Mobile Shower Bus

"Restoring dignity, one hot shower at a time". What a great slogan (and purpose!).

This bus in Sydney provides much appreciated showers to homeless people. And their bus has broken down! Keep up the good work guys. 

FEBRUARY 2018

$66 to Music And Memory

The freakin' amazing MUSIC & MEMORY organisation brings personalised music into the lives of the elderly through the use of iPod music players, vastly improving their quality of life. 

JANUARY 2018

$38 to Bliss and Grit podcast

This podcast deserves my money, since they have been so helpful at keeping me in a good headspace in life. Thanks Bliss and Grit!

DECEMBER 2017

$35 for a Project Rudolf box

Project Rudolph boxes (which include meat for roasting, fresh vegetables and a Christmas cake) are delivered to families who might otherwise miss out at Christmas, across Australia.

NOVEMBER 2017

$19 to Go Fund Me campaign

A local Sydney resident is running a Go Fund Me campaign to raise $8000 to buy an assistance dog. I hope this little contribution helps.

OCTOBER 2017

$46 to Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

AIME helps indigenous Australian school children finish high school and mentors the most disadvantaged kids out of inequality.

SEPTEMBER 2017

$22 to Ping-Pong-a-Thon

These guys have raised over $70,000 to help stop the buying and selling of humans (aka trafficking) in South East Asia. 

The way they do this is to hold Ping Pong marathons! You guys rock. Keep going :)

AUGUST 2017

$33 to Dignity

"Human dignity is the idea that every human has inherent worth."

This charity is so inspiring. They help traumatised, hungry, cold and often ashamed homeless individuals into temporary accommodation.

JULY 2017

$22 to Kids Under Cover

These guys help young people before they become homeless by helping their carers build studio accommodation in their backyards and giving them an independent space to live.

The stats are that family conflict is reduced from 57% to just 4% after a studio has been provided. Genius! 

JUNE 2017

$46 to CEO Sleepout

My friend was one of 1747 heads of companies who slept outside in the middle of Sydney winter (which is cold enough!). Together they raised $5.5 million to help homelessness.

MAY 2017

$128 to Ozharvest Market

The amazing Ozharvest have opened a shop in Sydney that "sells" rescued good quality food. You walk in, take just what you need, and give whatever $$$ you can.

APRIL 2017

$62 to CEO Sleepout

My friend Lloyd is sleeping out in the open in mid-Winter to simulate, for just 1 night what it's like to be homeless in Sydney. 

It's the least I can do to help. One day I'll be able to do more...

MARCH 2017

$44 to Ozharvest Food Rescue

I love OzHarvest. They are a food rescue organisation in Australia, collecting quality excess food from cafes and shops, and delivering it to charities.

Since 2004, they have saved more than 20,000 tonnes of food from ending up in landfill.

Yikes!

FEBRUARY 2017

$23 to Kokoda Plus

My trampoline instructor is a legend.

In an effort to break down the stigma around living with HIV, Olympic silver medallist Ji Wallace is leading an expedition along the historic Kokoda trail in June 2017.

He says it's "to show the world that no matter your struggle, no matter your ailment, no matter where you come from or what ever you have been handed in life: it does not define you. Stand tall on your character, your generosity, your compassion and your word and never underestimate the power of yourself."

JANUARY 2017

$72 to refugees.tv

I heard a heartbreaking, but uplifting (somehow both!) episode of This American Life podcast.

Some young guys in a Syrian refugee camp in Greece were being just generally awesome and creative. And I wanted to support that!

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