The Women’s Weekend High Tea – this Saturday 11th October 2014

Fancy an outing with the girls this Saturday, 10am the 11th October, yes TOMORROW, in support of the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers?  Then read on – there are still tickets available to this fabulous event, featuring two very stylish, clever and funny ladies: Lise Carlaw (Re:MY Style) and Sarah Wills (Pearls of Willsdom).


There will be fashion styling featuring designs from Leina Broughton and Dress Temple and there will be fabulous prizes from supporters VN Hairdressing, Putia Pure Food Kitchen and Pantry by Chef Dominique Rizzo and Hilton Hotel.

Be Breast Aware! October is breast cancer awareness month and as part of this tickets can be purchased for $50 if BREAST is entered on checkout.

Tanya Hornick is organising this High Tea as part of her fundraising as a participant in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.  Tanya’s goal is to raise over $3,200 for the charity prior to walking 60km on 25 and 26 October. Women’s Cancers is close to Tanya’s heart as her mother, and other family members and friends have all been affected by women’s cancers.

The money raised will be used for breast and gynaecological cancers research and treatments at QIMR Berghofer and RBWH.


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make charity the winner this #MelbCup 2014

MelbourneCupI seem to have collected a highly organised, fun-loving and philanthropic Queensland based Melbourne Cup group who wait for this very post each year.  I have been given several nudges to hurry up and collate their charitable Melbourne Cup options in Brisbane for them, so without further ado, here it is!  Please let me know by comment if I have missed any.  I hope this encourages lots of punters to seek out charity as the true winner this Melbourne Cup day:

In no particular order….

PJFMelbourne Cup Garden Party supporting The Pyjama Foundation
Where: 11am – 3pm at Victoria Park Golf Complex
Price / inclusions: $145 pp incl.canapés on arrival, three course gourmet luncheon, 4 hour Platinum beverage package and Moet ‘Ice’ cocktails, fashion parade (Petrol and Studio 196) sweeps and live coverage of the race. Raffle proceeds to The Pyjama Foundation.
More info / buy tickets: email or call 3252 0666
About the charity: There are 39,000 Australian kids in foster care.  The Pyjama Foundation screen and train volunteers called Pyjama Angels, our Pyjama Angels are matched with a child in foster care, they visit the same child every week, for 1.5 hours to read books aloud, play educational games and work on their numeracy skills.


Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 12.34.02 pmVeuve Cliqout Rooftop Garden Party supporting Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Where: 11:30am – 3:30pm at Limes Hotel 142 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley
Price / inclusions: $165 pp (or $155 for groups of 5+) for canapes and substantial meal option, 4 hour beverage package incl flowing Veuve Cliqout Champagne, live coverage of the race, sweeps, prizes for best dressed – hosted by Mike Goldman
More info / buy tickets: online
About the charity: The Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) hopes to connect all mitochondrial disease sufferers. To provide support and practical information that will improve the quality of life for sufferers and their families.

MontroseAccessMelbourne Cup Day supporting Montrose Access
Where: from 10am at Verdant Restaurant, GardenWay Darra
Price / inclusions: $69 pp incl. glass of sparkling on arrival, three course alternate drop menu, pamper station, lucky door prizes, big screen, sweeps and raffles benefiting Montrose Access.
More info / buy tickets: phone 3375 2108 or visit
About the charity: MontroseAccess provides therapy, respite and recreation services to more than 600 children and young adults with physical disabilities throughout Queensland.


GuideDogsQLDMelbourne Cup at Cloudland supporting Guide Dogs Queensland (TWO OPTIONS)
Where: Cloudland, 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Price / inclusions: $180 pp ($1,700 for a table of 10) incl. canapés and three course sit down lunch, 3.5 hour drink package including Mumm Champagne, $10 from each ticket will be donated to Guide Dogs Queensland.
Price / inclusions: $99 pp, selection of appetising canapés, 3 hour drink package incl. French Bubbles, raffle proceeds go to Guide Dogs Queensland.
More info / buy tickets: email or call 3852 5000
About the charity: Guide Dogs Queensland aim to equip, empower and educate Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired.


Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 9.15.02 pmMad Hatters Melbourne Cup supporting Celebral Palsy League
Where: 11:30am at Loft West End, 100 Boundary Street, West End
Price / inclusions: $95 pp (early bird $85) includes a three hour beverage package, three course lunch, live entertainment, fashions on the field, raffles, sweeps and more
More info / buy tickets: online or phone 07 3846 6680
About the charity: The Cerebral Palsy League is a non-profit organisation that provides vital support and services to more than 8,000 children and adults with disabilities in Queensland and Northern NSW. Visit the CPL website, follow on facebook and twitter.

hearandsayMelbourne Cup Spring Carnival supporting Hear & Say
Where: 12-3:30pm Spring Food & Wine, 26 Felix Street Brisbane CBD
Price / inclusions: $140 pp incl. three course lunch, 3.5 hr beverage package, charity sweep, prizes, games and an after party.
More info / buy tickets: call 3229 0460, email or online
About the charity: Hear and Say aim is to help deaf children to hear, listen and speak so they can attend a regular school, have wider career choices and can more fully participate in the hearing community.


Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 12.34.02 pmAlfred and Constance (two options) supporting Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
Tiki Bar Cocktail Party – 11:30- 3:30pm, $90 pp for canapes, 4 hr beverage package, live coverage of the race, sweeps – MC/ host Luttsy
Vanguard – 12 – 3pm, $130 pp (min booking 8 pax) three course meal, 3 hr beverage package, live coverage of the race, sweeps, live music – MC/host Luttsy
More info / buy tickets: call Laura on 3251 6500, email or book online.
About the charity: The Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) hopes to connect all mitochondrial disease sufferers. To provide support and practical information that will improve the quality of life for sufferers and their families.


MNDandMeThe Jetty South Bank Melbourne Cup Lunch supporting MND and Me Foundation
Where: The Jetty South Bank
Price / inclusions: $150 pp incl three course lunch and beverage package
More info / buy tickets: online or call 07 3899 6113
About the charity: This is the second year that The Jetty South Bank have supported MND and Me Foundation, helping people living with MND and fund vital research to find a cure. Visit the MND and Me Foundation wesbite, follow on facebook or twitter.

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Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Melbourne Cup Gala supporting AEIOU Foundation, for children with autism
Where: 11am – 3pm at Brisbane City Hall
Price / inclusions: $250 pp (table of ten $2500) for an “exquisite long lunch, finest champagne, Craggy Range Wines and fashion show.  MC Channel Nine’s Melissa Downes.
More info / buy tickets: online, email or phone 07 3212 1112
About the charity: AEIOU is Australia’s largest provider of full-time early intervention for children with autism aged 2-6 years old. Visit AEIOU Foundation website, follow on facebook and twitter.

Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.42.56 pmMelbourne Cup Luncheon supporting people with a disability supporting Endeavour Foundation
Where: 11:30 – 3pm at Moda Events, Portside, Brisbane
Price / inclusions: premium two-course lunch with drinks, race day activities, entertainment and much more.
More info / buy tickets: $100 pp (table of ten $950)
About the charity: Endeavour Foundation is one of Queensland’s oldest charities, founded in 1951 by a group of mothers refusing to accept their children with an intellectual disability could not be educated. Visit Endeavour Foundation website, follow on facebook and twitter.

Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.57.43 pmMelbourne Cup on the Green supporting RBWH Foundation
Where: Rush Bar, Post Office Square, Brisbane CBD
Price / inclusions: $175 pp (early bird price book by 30/09/14) for a premium Queensland seafood buffet, champagne and cocktails and watching all the action from Flemington on the big screen. There’ll also be live jazz music, a dessert bar, sweeps and Fashions on the Green
More info / buy tickets: online, email or phone 3211 9511
About the charity: RBWH Foundation is the charity arm of Royal Brisbane and Women´s Hospital – Queensland’s largest and busiest hospital. The Foundation´s primary purpose is to raise money to purchase vital pieces of equipment and to fund world-class clinical research conducted at the hospital. Visit RBWH Foundation website, follow on facebook.

 Missing your event?  Please leave me a comment below with your event details, and as long as there is a charitiable aspect, I will happily add it.  I would love to hear about charitable Melbourne Cup events happening in regional Queensland too!



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GLAM it up for Charity Dinner is on again – Thurs 23rd October 2014

GLAM it up for Charity dinner is on again, and you are invited! 

This little charity dinner in Brisbane, is in its 8th year and has raised over $50,000 for small, local and grass roots charities.  Some of the charities who have benefited from GLAM it up for Charity in the past are Mummy’s Wish, Pindari Women’s Shelter, Second Chance Program, Chisholm Inc, Olive McMahon Lodge and Encore at YWCA.

This year I am proud to dedicate GLAM to the MND and Me Foundation – who help people diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).  MND is a neurodegenerative disease that causes rapidly progressive muscle weakness. Specifically, the disease affects nerve cells (motor neurons) that control the muscles that enable you to move, speak, breathe and swallow.

I am hoping to raise enough for the charity to buy multiple communication devices for people with Motor Neurone Disease who can no longer communicate.  This dinner is in memory of my friend Scott Sullivan who started this amazing foundation to help others.

Tickets are now on sale now and selling fast, so grab your favourite guys and gals and book your tickets today, also like the GLAM it up for Charity facebook page here too.

Heartfelt thanks to LOFT West EndLady Marlene’s School of Arts and I heart brownies for supporting MND and Me Foundation at the 8th Annual GLAM it up for Charity dinner! THANK YOU!

An extra special thanks to Jacqui and the team at White With One Graphic Design, who have again created this beautiful invite!

I hope you can come, full invite details below! Kind regards, Tara

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help launch a new tv show for sick kids – Juiced TV

I would like to introduce you to another amazing Queenland based social entreprenuer; Pip Russell.  Pip, previously a presenter for children’s programs Totally Wild and Toasted TV, is hoping to raise $15,000 in the next two weeks, enough to launch a TV show called Juiced. A TV show made by sick kids in hospital, for sick kids in hospital.  I will let Pip tell you all about it, in this guest blog post:

juicedtv2The way sick kids experience hospital is about to change, with the goodness of Juiced TV.

At it’s core, Juiced is a TV show made by the kids in hospital, for the kids in hospital.

But, it’s also much more than that. Juiced will increase positive experiences for sick kids while in hospital, and create a unique way for them and their families to engage and communicate with one another, while also reducing the alienation felt in an environment that can be scary and sometimes painful.

The idea for Juiced is a culmination of more than 6 years volunteering and working alongside the Children’s Hospital Foundation, and my background in kids TV with Network Ten, but at the heart it’s driven by my deep seeded desire to serve others.

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 1.15.24 pmIt’s grown from an idea to film a few of the entertainment acts at hospital party days, into a 4 tiered program that consists of: an internal television show, created and hosted by the little patients, days of ‘hands on happiness’ (core filming days that take place at the hospital), and experiences created for sick kids and their families based on patient needs and family wishes. Finally, there’s also the interactive website which will allow the kids and families to share TV segments and their positive experiences with relatives and friends, while also making Juiced TV content accessible throughout the country.

The content for Juiced TV is limitless – the kids can nominate nurses and doctors to do dares, learn arts and crafts and magic tricks, get up close with weird and wonderful creatures, and have the chance to meet some of their celebrity idols… and let’s be honest if I was to cross my fingers for a celebrity cameo, I unashamedly vote for Taylor Swift!

Juiced can be as big as we want it to be. Personally, I can’t wait to see it grow into a program that connects sick kids and their families right across Australia, with TV shows being made at every major children’s hospital in the country, as well as filming opportunities taking place in regional areas, and then to see it develop on an international scale.

juicedtv1 The more kids we can connect and bring together, the more Juiced is going to help give them back their childhood and create a sense of normalcy, in circumstances which can often be beyond what we’d like to imagine.

However, for the project to be a success we need the support of individuals and businesses in our community to help provide experiences and entertaining content for the show, and on a bigger scale, we’re in search of sponsors to join the Juiced crew so that we can bring big smiles to little faces, for years to come.

Juiced is running a crowdfunding campaign to assist with initial production of the show, and to help us reach our target of $15,000, we’ll be hosting a fundraiser at Riverlife Kangaroo Point, on Sunday September 21 from 1pm. Drinks, food, entertainment, and raffles a plenty.

Be part of Pip’s crowd funding campaign to raise $15,000 and bring Juiced to life – donate here today. Find out more on the campaign on the Juiced website, facebook and twitter.

 Juiced will begin basic production at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane before an official launch at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Good luck Pip!

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A brighter future for Indigenous kids thanks to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

I have a secret crush.  A love of social entrepreneurship.  You will be surprised to learn, (or maybe not) that Brisbane has quite a few social innovators in its ranks.  One I highly admire, is Suzy Wilson.  By day Suzy runs a gorgeous suburban book shop and tea-house in Bulimba, on the south-side of Brisbane called Riverbend Books, and by night she has founded an amazing charitable foundation, tackling the complex issue of indigenous literacy, The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 4.41.14 pmSuzy tells me she didn’t ever intend to start a charity.  In 2004, Suzy learnt about the plight of Australia’s Indigenous kids at a book industry conference, and simply wanted to do something to help.
“It very quickly developed a life of its own and has proceeded to drag me along in its wake ever since!”

One alarming statistic shows that between 40% and 60% of Indigenous children in very remote locations across WA, SA and NT are achieving below minimum standard in Reading in Year 3. Suzy believes this is something as a nation we cannot ignore.  

Suzy’s small thing was the Riverbend Reader’s Challenge, a reading competition to raise funds for disadvantaged Indigenous Australians living in remote communities who were missing out on vital literacy resources.  It became a nationwide challenge in 2006 as The Australian Readers’ Challenge, growing and evolving firstly into The Indigenous Literacy Project and then, in 2011, became The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 9.14.00 amSuzy never dreamt that Indigenous Literacy Foundation would become so big.  To date, the Foundation has delivered over 120,000 books to more than 230 remote communities.  The Indigenous Literacy Foundation now has an impressive list of ambassadors, including Andy Griffiths, Katie Noonan, Dr Anita Heiss and Alison Lester to name a few.

Suzy credits the amazing support of her staff, friends and family for the success of The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and offers this advice to budding social entrepreneurs;
1.  Be bold (Quentin Bryce’s advice to Suzy);
2. When things are tough, be patient and know you will learn something very valuable;
3.  Surround yourself with good people.

Suzy’s dream for the future is that the Indigenous Literacy Foundation will continue to thrive beyond her own lifetime.

“I believe many Australians want to help “close the gap” and don’t know what they can do. It is confounding and distressing and shameful that we are not as a country doing better for the first people of this country. ILF offers everyone a simple practical way to help.”

Today, Wednesday 3rd September is Indigenous Literacy Day, learn about how you can get involved here, follow them on facebook and twitter.

A $25 donation can help buy up to four books for an indigenous child living in remote Australia – donate here.

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You are one amazing lady Suzy!  Thank you for making the world a better place.

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Project Wild Thing


Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnect with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature. Take a look at the trailer here.

Filmmaker David Bond is a worried man. His kids’ waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors.

Project Wild Thing is a response to kids’ addiction to iPads and consoles, getting obese and insidiously depressed in the process, and parents letting it happen. Growing thoughts that the outdoors are dangerous, pointless and irrelevant. “We think we’ve outgrown nature,” says Bond.  He crafted a a diagram (below) breaking down the barriers to playing outdoor and promoting nature as a brand, so the kids can “get” it and”choose” it; with boyish enthusiasm, he devises wacky ad strategies through billboards and social media to spread the good word (see image below).


Project Wild Thing is much more than a film, this is a growing movement of organisations and individuals who care deeply about the need for nature connected, free-range, roaming and outdoor playing kids in the 21st century.

There are lots of great ideas to inspire outdoor play.  I like Nature Play’s list of 51 things to do before you are 12, and there are also Wild Time vouchers that can be may be used anywhere outside, in the woods, up a tree, by a stream, in the park, in the mud….download your voucher here.

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For more inspiration, download the free Wild Time App, or follow these guys on facebook Project Wild Thing, Nature Play QLD.

If you live in Brisbane, then today is your lucky day!  Nature Play QLD are hosting a free screening of the movie Project Wild Thing at 12noon this Friday 29st August at Palace Barracks Cinema.  Yes FREE!!! and you get a chance to meet the film maker David Bond – email for your tickets.

See you on the outside.

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show some heart for HeartKids

My friend has a dream that I would like to share with you. A dream that no child is born with an untreatable heart condition.

Daniel at 6 weeks old recovering from his first open heart surgery

Daniel at 6 weeks old recovering from his first open heart surgery

In 2011 my friend’s nephew, Daniel, was born with a severe and complex heart condition that required multiple open heart operations.  Daniel spent the first six months of his life in hospital. Everyday fighting for his life.

Six babies, just like Daniel, are born with a heart defect in Australia every day. It’s the biggest killer of Australian kids under one years of age. There is no known cure. Thanks to medical advances over 32,000 adults have survived with a heart defect since childhood.

HeartKids Queensland provide support, encouragement and hope to families of children with Heart Disease.  They raise awareness and critical funding for life-saving research into the causes, treatment and prevention of heart disease.

HeartKids provide practical support to families; a friendly chat, prepared frozen meals, care packs and emotional support.  Daniel’s mum Karen credits Heartkids Queensland to getting them through this terrible time. “Daniel is doing brilliantly now and a lot of that is to do with HeartKids.  They exceeded my expectations with their unconditional generosity, and now it is time to give back.”  But Karen needs your help!

HeartKids have entered the Sunsuper Dreams competition for the month of August, to win $5,000 and they urgently need your vote!  It only takes a moment to vote, click here.  

Daniel at 2.5 years old walking for the first time independently

Daniel at 2.5 years old walking for the first time independently

Learn more about HeartKids here.

Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World competition is all about doing something positive for the community in a meaningful way. Each month a $5,000 grant is awarded to the dream with the most public votes.

Learn more about Sunsuper Dreams here.

Here are some other easy ways you can help HeartKids:
Follow HeartKids on facebook or twitter
Join the HeartKids Bridge to Brisbane team
Volunteer for HeartKids
Host a cuppa for HeartKids this August / Septemer

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