Giving back is who we are – whether it’s empowering women to be self-sufficient or donating to charities, supporting kids sporting teams, paying for operations to save animals, helping others is always our end goal!
Every day we ask ourselves who can we help, we get excited by being givers. We have a menagerie of charities, causes and people we lift up, because nothing compares to love. We are proud to be a philanthropic company.
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. x Sonya.
THOSE WE ARE LOVING ON….
In light of the current horrendous Bushfires ravaging Australia we have listed below some of the charities we have donated to and supporting during this time. There are so many people volunteers, families and wildlife affected by this. If you wish to join us in donating here are some ways to help below.
What Shannon means to us: She’s the emergency person you’d call in your life. Shannon is the person you can call at 3am. Shannon was who we called to go in and help save a domestic violence charity -The Sanctuary, when it was on the brink of closing.
She’s battled financially her whole life raising two boys on her own. Her sons are stellar young Men with characters of gold.
This world needs Shannon.
Thank you & blessings from Sonya & Eco Tan team
My name Shannon and I have spent my life caring for and supporting people. Working in schools for many years as a Chaplain, years of community involvement- Domestic Violence shelters, being a voice into the lives of young people, organising camps for struggling youth. I am usually the one fundraising for others. Never in a million years did I ever think I would have the guts to do it for myself…but here I am.
I have raised both my sons (now 22 and 20) on my own, choosing to stay single and committing my life to the cause of contributing good, strong, emotionally intelligent men who contribute to society.
I lived my life in 5th gear. I thought rest was for the lazy!!
Then, in December 2015 I got a blood clot in my leg that travelled to both lungs almost killing me.
The next 4 years have been filled with a horrendous season of fear, sickness, side effects from medications, specialist appointments (at one stage I was seeing 5 specialists), multiple hospital stays, more blood clots, innumerable emergency room visits, and many days spent in fear, pain, and symptoms. Often having to stay in bed, one of these occasions – 9 months!! Monthly CT scans. Regular invasive procedures (which I would attend on my own as to not worry anyone), I couldn’t work for 2 years. When I did return to work, I was sick again within 6 months.
Western medicines are only making me sicker. I have been diligent to follow this path for 4 years now and it has only made me sicker. They are toxic to me!! Side effects often worse than the diseases I have been told I have.
I believe anyone who knows me would speak of my resilience and strength. This strength has wavered as I am constantly and continually bombarded with symptoms that keep me bed bound. I have felt frightened for my feelings of hopelessness at times and feel strongly that I need to do this for my life.
There have been too many days, when I have simply asked God to take me home. This is no way to live. I need to continue to fight…but in the right way.
There is a Cancer healing treatment centre I have been referred to and have been researching. The treatments are all the treatments we know and hear of that are actually working in cancer and auto immune disease. These treatments are expensive, a three week stay costs $42,000, but they are working wonders.
Financially speaking – I don’t have the money to get myself there. As I have had several years of no income, savings are all gone. Cannot mortgage the house, as I am renting. Could sell my car, which would cover my train fare to Brisbane airport.
If you feel connected to my story, or me…will you consider contributing towards some of the money I need to raise to attend this treatment centre. The sooner the better.
Thank you for hearing my story.
WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for native animals for over 30 years.
During the worst drought on record, catastrophic fires have ravaged Australia for months. Over 4.9 million hectares of land has been burnt in NSW alone, over 120 fires are still burning and surviving animals are facing dire food and water shortages and loss of habitat. The situation for wildlife is devastating and it will be months after the fires before the full implications on wild populations can be understood. There have been estimates by ecologists at the University of Sydney that over 800 million animals have already been affected in Australia since September.
WIRES is rescuing and caring for as many sick, injured and orphaned native animals as possible. In December WIRES 1300 line received over 20,000 calls and volunteers attended over 3,300 rescues. Wildlife Rescue 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We have over 2500 volunteers in 28 branches involved in the rescue and care of wildlife and we have a dedicated Rescue Office that operates 365 days a year assisting the community to help native animals in distress.
WIRES helps tens of thousands of animals every year, receiving up to 95,000 requests for rescue advice and assistance every 12 months. WIRES is a wildlife charity that relies on community support to operate our rescue and care services for wildlife 365 days a year and we are extremely grateful for your support at this difficult time.
DONATE to the Emergency fund set up on facebook.
TO HELP RESCUE AND CARE FOR WILDLIFE THE BEST WAYS TO GIVE ARE BELOW
Photo credit from @rspcansw.org.au
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; New South Wales (RSPCA NSW) is a not-for-profit organisation in Australia that cares for, treats, protects and rehomes animals across the state. As a charity, we strive to maintain an open-door policy, so no abandoned, neglected, injured or surrendered animal is turned away or forgotten. With an ultimate goal of improving animal welfare education and keeping people and animals together, RSPCA NSW acknowledges the crucial role of humans in keeping our animals safe.
We are truly saddened by the catastrophic bushfires that continue to rage across Australia.
The unwavering commitment of NSW Rural Fire Service and the many other organisations helping on the frontline is nothing short of heroic. The loss of animal lives to these fires is particularly close to our hearts and is truly heartbreaking. We are so grateful to those of you who have been reaching out to us, asking how you can help support our inspectors on the ground in affected areas. We have seen passionate and deeply caring community members going above and beyond to provide aid, shelter and assistance to animals in need.
RSPCA NSW is doing all we can to protect the animals in threatened or affected areas. With conditions constantly changing, we are sharing the following information in an effort to keep you updated on current action being taken, as well as to provide advice in seeking support and offering care to animals affected by the bushfires.
What action is RSPCA NSW taking to help animals in the current bushfires?
Currently, our inspectors and staff are assisting at evacuation centres across NSW, helping members of the public to keep their pets and livestock safe from the unprecedented fires. Over the last week, our teams have been at Nowra, Kiama, Cooma, Bega, Goulburn, Moruya, Berry and will be attending Moss Vale and Wagga. We are helping wherever we can, but the most challenging work for us comes after the active fire zones have been cleared, when recovery begins. The RSPCA NSW Inspectorate, working alongside Local Land Services (LLS), Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and district veterinarians, will begin the difficult job of entering affected areas and assessing any injured animals. This includes the rescue and treatment of affected native wildlife and livestock. In conjunction with RFS and DPI, we are also making assessments of domestic animals left behind by people evacuating fire-affected areas.
We are preparing our shelters located in at-risk areas for evacuation, should conditions change. Each of our shelters has a detailed evacuation plan and all animals will be transferred to other locations or placed in staff and volunteer homes or foster care.
We are on standby to support any further evacuations and have delivered pet supplies to bushfire emergency relief centres. In the coming days we will be working to deliver more supplies to those affected. To stay up-to-date on where you can access these supplies, keep an eye on our Facebook page.
BEST WAYS TO GIVE:
Photo Credit @wildtofree
This fundraiser was originally set up when Rae at Wild 2 Free Kangaroo Sanctuary wanted to help the wildlife victims of the NSW South Coast Fires.
In the first 3 weeks, along with an army of volunteers, $10,000 was raised, over 5,000 kg of feed was distributed and 150+ food and water areas were established.
Momentum was picking up, the word was spreading and wildlife survivors were being supported. Suddenly, at 4am on New Year’s Eve, Rae was woken to what sounded like a tornado roaring through the forest of Mogo near Batemans Bay. Wild 2 Free was under threat and so were the lives of Rae and volunteer Karen from Seattle. The ferocity of the fire was too intense to defend and the girls fled to the river, where minutes later, they were rescued by boat thanks to their neighbour and RFS volunteer Simon, whose property was also part of the Wild 2 Free Sanctuary.
And just to finish off the worst New Years Eve imaginable, word came in that the final reminding 850 acre sanctuary managed by Gary and Sara, had also been completely destroyed.
This fundraiser, originally set at $10,000 to help other victims, has now been reorganised to help us rebuild Wild 2 Free and continue the work we were all doing to help native animals (mostly kangaroos), and the odd farm animal.
The new goal is $80,000. The truth is we need more, but given so many others are suffering through similar circumstances, we urge you to also donate to Wildlife Rescue South Coast, who will be taking over Rae’s original wildlife feeding program for other affected areas, on behalf of Rae
Thank you so much, Rae, Sara, Gary, Simon and Yana x
The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital’s Go Fund Me account has now raised over two million dollars and over 45,000 people have donated to the fund.
Initially, the Koala Hospital’s aim was to raise money to purchase and distribute 12 automatic drinking stations to areas that had been burnt in the horrific bush fires in eastern Australia and specifically in the state of New South Wales (NSW). The drinking stations will be placed in areas to help in koala and wildlife survival.
The number of drinking stations being built has now been increased to 100 and they are being shared with other wildlife organisations in fire affected regions across New South Wales. Two have been deployed to a private property near the Bellangry State Forest west of Port Macquarie, four have been delivered to the wildlife care group, Friends of the Koala, in the northern rivers of NSW, four have been delivered to burnt areas in Moree in western NSW and one will be installed in bush land near Taree, south of Port Macquarie, next week.
The funds raised enabled the Koala Hospital to purchase a vehicle to tow a trailer with a large, 1,000 litre, water tank to refill the drinking stations with water as needed.
Our goal is to have 30 drinking stations built and deployed across burnt out areas of NSW by the week commencing 22nd December. The drinking station manufacturer and our hard working volunteers who have been assembling and deploying the drinking stations, will then take a well earned break for a few weeks over the festive season.
The overwhelming response from the public has allowed the program to be expanded to start a Wild Koala Breeding Program. Because of the decimation of the wild koala population in NSW we are investigating the establishment of three breeding areas, all controlled and genetically managed to ensure the ongoing survival of healthy wild koalas. We anticipate being able to update you on this project mid to late January.
We want to assure everyone who has donated, that all money raised will be directed to the Wildlife Water Drinking Stations project and the establishment of the world’s first, Wild Koala Breeding Program. Both these projects will be used to obtain vital information and research for wildlife rehabilitation after bush fires. This information will be shared with other organisations and we will keep you updated on these projects either via the Go Fund Me site or the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/koalahospital/
Thank you for your encouragement and support for these projects and the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
On New Years Eve, in the early hours of the morning, the devastating and out of control East Gippsland bushfires would reach James and Kara Joiner’s North Betebelong property, leaving nothing in it’s wake.
As the fire, so ferocious it would later be described by the media as a fire storm, roared toward their home it created a wind so severe it ripped the roof off their home and sheds before it was upon them.
“The fire created its own storm and we had such gusts of wind our verandah and roof fell off as spot fires were happening, all within 2 minutes of us seeing the flames,” Kara has described.
It was hopeless trying to fight. They were forced to flee as their verandah started falling in around them; driving through flames and over burning trees that came down across their driveway, to take cover in a dam with their neighbour and surrounding wildlife.
From a distance, cloaked in wet blankets in their car by the dam, aircon blasting, James and Kara Joiner watched as their family home burned. “strong winds were almost ripping our car over… and upon leaving we only managed to save one of our dogs…” Kara has said of the harrowing wait for the fire to pass.
A few hours later, nothing was left. Not their house, their belongings, their sheds, their work equipment, their pets. In the space of a single night they lost their home, their livelihood, and a piece of their hearts.
Days after the fact; the devastating loss is still sinking in as livestock continues to be lost, and the enormity of what needs rebuilding and recovering sinks in. With your help, donations big or small, we can ease the way for this hardworking family.
By now, most of you have seen the devastation the bush fires in Australia have caused. Nadia, Jason, and their kids (including one on the way) have recently lost their home to a bush fire that hit when they were visiting family over the Christmas holidays. They now have to find a new home and completely replace everything they have lost. Beds, lounges, dining tables, cutlery, washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, clothes, shoes, school uniforms, toys, and many more things. $10,000 may seem like a lot, but it’s only a starting point for replacing all they have lost. They are on their way to look at rental properties this week, so any funding we can give them is needed and appreciated. Thank you!
FUNDRAISER organised by our friend Celeste Barber has raised a staggering amount for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades.
Please help anyway you can. This is terrifying.
Fundraiser for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund by Celeste Barber ·
Want to join me in supporting a good cause? I’m raising money for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little. Anything helps. Thank you for your support.
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 childrenwho have experienced things you could not even imagine and to help them heal their trauma.
In 2018 we launched our FIRST NOT FOR PROFIT product for Rafiki Mwema. Eco By Sonya Hand & Nail Cream for super soft skin, strong nails & a full heart designed to replenish and retain moisture to your skin.
A beautiful certified organic hand & nail cream designed to replenish and retain moisture to your skin. Non greasy, super absorbent & made using only the kindest organic and natural botanical active ingredients that are known to soothe, hydrate & help restore rough, dry and stressed skin.
Our first NOT FOR PROFIT PRODUCT. 100% of Eco By Sonya Driver’s profits from the sale of this hand & nail cream are going directly to RAFIKI MWEMA
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.
The Sanctuary Womens, Children’s & Pets Refuge
THE SANCTUARY Womens, Children & Pet’s Refuge. The Sanctuary empowers women and their families (and pets) in Brisbane and the Gold Coast to escape from the cycle of domestic violence to create a brighter future by providing a safe, peaceful, tranquil, caring and supportive environment, which enables them to regain their self-confidence, rebuild their sense of dignity and make a fresh start.
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