Every day we ask ourselves who can we help, whether it’s going to Romania to rescue a mother and her children or paying for a dog to have an operation, we get excited by being givers. We have a menagerie of charities, causes and people we lift up, because nothing compares to love. x Sonya.
EVERY TIME you buy from us, know that your money is being used to help change the lives of others and for that, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
THOSE WE ARE LOVING ON….
Austin Wild Life Rescue
Austin Wild Life Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in the Austin area. They have been a Central Texas tradition since 1977. From the small core of individuals, Austin Wildlife Rescue has grown into a widespread network of licensed rehabilitators, trained staff members, and dedicated volunteers. Over 6,000 wild animals are cared for each year. their Intake Centre is open to the public for drop offs and the Wildlife Rescue telephone hotline is answered daily to assist with questions about local wildlife
Brave Hearts is Australia’s leading child protection organisation. Brave Hearts was founded in 1997 by Hetty Johnston following her young daughter’s disclosure of sexual assault. Finding there was no organisation to turn to for help, Hetty established Brave Hearts to provide advice and support to those affected by child sexual assault.
The Cancer Foundation reduces the impact of cancer in the community by providing accommodation and financial support for cancer patients and their families. The Cancer Foundation improves cancer prevention through education and encouraging early testing to improve treatment effectiveness and to provide funding for research into cancer & cancer related treatments in addition to this they also aim to provide meaningful paid work for individuals unable to gain a position elsewhere due to age, external obligations, mental or physical disabilities or social issues.
CARE empowers women and girls to build a more equal world. They actively help women to earn more income, prevent violence, get basic services and gain more learning opportunities. The programs support women so that they can have income-earning skills and own assets like livestock. CARE is committed to helping poor women and girls out of violence in families and workplaces, women are getting better leadership skills through their work in many countries of the world.
Fauna & Flora
Fauna & Flora was established over a century ago and is the world’s first international wildlife conservation organisation. Their mission is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, which take into account human needs
Fred Hollows Foundation
Fred Hollows Foundation is a development organisation working in more than 25 countries, they help train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers to create a sustainable system of care in the communities that need it most. The work they do has a very clear purpose: to make sure everyone, whether they’re rich or poor, has access to high quality, affordable eye health.
The founder, Fred Hollows, was an internationally renowned eye surgeon and humanitarian. Fred didn’t believe in charity, he firmly believed in teaching, supporting and empowering people to help themselves. He worked tirelessly to end avoidable blindness in Indigenous Australia and around the world – and while it didn’t happen in his time, it will in ours.
Friends with Dignity
Friends with Dignity is a national not-for-profit organisation providing assistance to men, women and children who have been displaced by domestic violence. Founded by former Director of Assist A Sista, Manuela Whitford, our dedicated team of volunteers work with registered referral agencies to turn houses into welcoming sanctuaries for people escaping domestic violence.
The Good Return loan platform is a social enterprise launched in 2010 to address poverty issues in the Asia Pacific region. It is a website which enables individuals to connect with the working poor and provide them with a small loan so they can start or expand a small business. This in turn improves their livelihoods, grows their incomes, and changes their lives forever. Every individual listed on Good Return is genuine, and has a genuine need. By lending to the working poor, you’re able to make a substantial impact on helping them lift themselves out of poverty.
Lighthouse is a twelve month residential Discipleship and Rehabilitation program that offers men of all ages a second chance at life. The program addresses all life controlling addictions and behaviours whilst teaching the clients about Christian living in a holistic setting.
The Lighthouse is located in Palm Beach and has eight beds for men.
For information about admission to Lighthouse please contact Luke on 0400 277 339
Lefty’s Place is a small, registered not for profit animal refuge in North East Victoria run by photographer, Tamara Kenneally. Named after her beloved sheep named Lefty who passed away in January 2013, it is home to rescued sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, peahens, dogs and cats from a variety of backgrounds. The main goal of Lefty’s Place is to document each animal’s life from their time in farms/abattoirs etc through to their new lives at Lefty’s Place. Tamara is committed to portraying these animals as the individuals they are and providing viewers with each animal’s true self and story so they can be aware that farm animals are so much more than just a food source.
The Movember Foundation is the only charity tackling men’s health on a global scale year round, addressing some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention. The Movember Foundation is independent of government funding, so we can challenge the status quo and invest quicker in what works. In 13 years they have funded more than 1,200 men’s health projects around the world.
It was after being homeless, falling into addiction and numerous prison sentences when Owen Pomana turned his life around and decided to help others to do the same. Owen travels the world helping the homeless in any way that he can whether that be supplying food or the comforts of a sleeping bag and most importantly providing his first hand advice to help as many people to rise up and turn their life around.
Paradise Kids has been passionate about physically & emotionally supporting children after trauma for over 20 years . Their programs provide education for children about how big life changes such as trauma, death or divorce might affect their bodies, minds and spirits. They believe in the importance of teaching children safe ways to deal with strong feelings and provide the right inner-life skills and other tools so they can emotionally grow into confident, caring, resilient, healthy individuals.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organisation in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in the food industry, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry
Rafiki Mwema works with families, in the communities, the schools, churches, villages and with the government officials to ensure the cycle of abuse is broken and children are able to live as children should. They are totally committed to supporting the children who have experienced things you could not even imagine and to help them heal their trauma.
Ride to Conquer Cancer
Ride to Conquer Cancer has been operating since 2012, thanks to the extraordinary commitment and dedication of thousands of Riders and Crew, the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer® has raised over $23.5 million for Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and is the largest cycling fundraiser in Western Australia.
Sonya Driver over the years has raised thousands of dollars to help support families living in poverty in Romania, in particular Sonya flew over to Romania to help support a single mother of 5 kids; not only does she give the family monthly money to go towards food, medical bills and school supplies she has also invested in the mother’s and children’s education. On top of everything she has also paid to install a new bathroom and laundry with running water. The generous support that Sonya has given to this family has helped them rise up and relieve the stresses of paying for the most basic human needs so they can focus on growing and making a better life for themselves.
Australian Rotary Clubs are part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. Through Rotary International, the reward of “paying it forward” unites men and women from different backgrounds, cultures, religious and political beliefs the world over, allowing ordinary people to do extraordinary things
Safe Haven Animal Rescue
Safe Haven Animal Rescue Inc (SHARI) is a not-for-profit, registered charity that operates in the South East Queensland region in Australia, they are a small group of volunteers working together to save and rehabilitate both dogs and cats and find them suitable forever homes. Over the years they have come to specialise in certain cases, including but not limited to pregnant dogs, orphans, critical care cases and those with special needs.
The Salvation Army is a Christian movement dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus. We share the love of Jesus by: Caring for people, creating faith pathway, building healthy communities, working for justice.
St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 140 countries and has over 800,000 members.
Story Book Farm
Story Book Farm is both a Sanctuary for disabled and special needs animals plus an educational farm for children.
Wild Life Rescue
Wildlife Rescue Inc. operates an Australia-wide call centre staffed by home-based volunteers trained to assist in all aspects of native animal rescues. This service is available to any person or organisation in Australia involved in animal rescues