Heartfelt thanks from Gold Coast Secret Women’s Business

SENDING YOU A VERY BIG THANK YOU! To everyone who supported my recent project collecting tampons and pads for Gold Coast women experiencing homelessness, together we collected over 5000 items! IMG_8359Here is a picture of Jayne, from Gold Coast Secret Women’s Business loading her car with THREE Hong Kong shopping bags filled to the brim with goodies.  Thank you SO much for your part in this.  I am constantly blown away by your kindness, generosity, and the amazing things we can achieve together – thank you for responding to this call for help!

I would like to share this lovely letter of thanks I received this week, from the wonderful ladies behind Gold Coast Secret Women’s Business – see below.

Many donations came in anonymously, so please pass my heartfelt thanks and this email onto anyone else you know contributed to this project.


It is not too late to get involved – check out my earlier blog post with a list of organisations Australia-wide who help women in this critical way – The Melbourne Period Project why not start an ongoing collection at your work helping your local project?Tara C Thank You copy 2

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Card Making in memory of mum – 17th October 2015 Brisbane

You are invited to Card Making for a Cause on Saturday 17th October 2015 at Yeronga Services Club, Brisbane. All cards made on the day are donated to local charities and causes, who then on-sell them, keeping the funds raised to deliver on their mission.  You and your friends are the slave labour who makes all this possible!

Leisa estimates that Card Making for a Cause has donated over 35,000 hand-made cards to charity – just amazing!

It is a very fun day, no experience or skills needed, just BYO scissors, your enthusiasm, a willingness to have fun and a generous spirit!  Cost is $15 per adult / $7 for kids, which includes coffee, morning tea and a donation. Come along for a couple of hours, or all day.  Older kids welcome to make cards too.  RSVP to Leisa Gill here.

Card Making for a Cause was started in memory of Leisa’s mum, Sascha, who passed away in June 2010 with only 25 days between diagnosis and her death.  Leisa and her mum were very close, and one thing they loved to do together was to make cards.  Card Making for a Cause is in memory of Leisa’s mum Sascha’s life, an attempt to turn a devastating negative into a long lasting positive. Read more here.Cards invitation 2015 October

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Tips for donating quality second hand goods and clothing in Brisbane

I am regularly asked for suggestions on worthy charities to donate second hand furniture, clothing, baby stuff and other random items to.  I have been asked three times in two days, so I thought I might a blog post with a couple of ideas, for everyone to share!

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 9.53.56 amFirstly, a great place to start is Brisbane born charity GIVIT – Goods For Good Causes.  GIVIT work with over 1000 front line charities, connecting people with new or quality second hand goods to people in need.  GIVIT operate all over Australia, and you can take a look online to see what is needed, such as work boots, toothbrushes, bunk beds, a microwave, a musical instrument, chairs, tables and more – check out the list of urgently needed items here or sign yourself up for the weekly GIVIT list.
Follow GIVIT on facebook or twitter

AssistaSistaAnother great option is Assist A Sista a Gold Coast based group of community volunteers who work together to help survivors of domestic violence to rebuild and repair by bringing hope and restoring faith.  Through the Assist A Sista facebook page, they facilitate donations of clothing, furniture, non-perishable food items, toys and other essential and non-essential comfort items.  There is also an Assist A Sista group in Sydney.
Follow Assist A Sista on facebook or twitter

wlsWomen’s Legal Service host an annual fundraiser pop up shop in May each year and would love your quality women’s clothing, accessories and shoes – contact Natalie for more info.

Dressed For Success Brisbane and Suited for Success accept quality and gently worn corporate clothing to give people a fresh start. Follow Dressed For Success on facebook or twitter

Depending on what you are trying to donate, the next places I would consider is contacting your local homeless or domestic violence shelter direct.  Here are three contacts:
Pindari Shelter – men, women and youth crisis centre ph: (07) 3832 1491
Chisholm House – domestic violence shelter for women and children (Northside)
Ipswich Women’s Shelter – crisis accommodation for women and children in Ipswich
Anglicare Southern Queensland provide accommodation and support to single women, women with children and young people who are homeless or at risk at becoming homeless.

Please note, that these shelters may not need what you want to give them!

GrantThePoliteGuyGrant the Polite Guy also runs regular Homeless BBQ’s, so depending on your items and the time of the year, he might be able to distribute your items.  Get some inspiration on what Grant is doing to help others here on his blog.

And finally, if all of these options dont work out for you, consider donating your items to your local charity thrift shop.  Select a cause or organisation that resonates with you – many of the large charities accept second hand goods, and sell these items to fund their mission.

Lifeline – locations in Brisbane City, Nundah, Wilston, West End, Stafford, Bulimba, Toowong and many, many more.
Salvation Army – locations are Alderley, Lutwyche, Spring Hill and more
RSPCA – New Farm, Moorooka, Sherwood, Strathpine

One small charity shop that I like is Yesterday’s Thrift Shop supporting Brain Injury Association in Rosalie Village, 39 Nash Street, Paddington.  You can pull up in the car park out the back, donate your goods and go – too easy!

Have I missed your favourite off the list?  Please tell me – I would love to know about others, and I am very happy to add to this list.


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tickets on sale: 9th Annual 2015 GLAM It Up For Charity #bneevent #GLAM15

Each year, I organise a charity dinner in Brisbane, I call it GLAM It Up For Charity and it supports a different and grass roots charity each year.  Some of the beneficiaries have included YWCA Encore, The Olive McMahon Lodge, Second Chance Program, Mummy’s Wish and MND and Me Foundation.

I am in my 9th year of organising this dinner and I would love for you to come along!

To book your tickets go to www.glamitupforcharity.com 


Frock up, rock up and come and have a great night out in support of Hummingbird House – Queensland’s only children’s hospice providing respite care, scheduled family breaks, and end of life care to Queensland families of children with life limiting conditions. There are 3700 Queensland families living with, loving and supporting a child or teenager with a life-limiting condition. The emotional, physical and financial a struggle for these families is immense. Construction of Hummingbird House has commenced, and plans to open in early 2016.

I’m hoping the 2015 dinner will crack the $15,000 mark to help Hummingbird House.

Hope to see you there! Cheers, Tara

PS. Make sure you follow all the fun via the GLAM on facebook page. 

A very big thank you to Jacqui from White With One Graphic Design for another beautiful invitation and to Kym O’Gorman from Kym O’Gorman Marketing Solutions for building GLAM its very first fancy website – check it out www.glamitupforcharity.com 


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Substation33 a social enterprise diverting e-waste from landfill

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 4.26.41 pmA few weeks ago, I discovered that you can recycle soft plastics, turning your plastics into useful things like park benches and play ground equipment.  Today I discovered Substation33 a social enterprise based in Logan, Queensland, who recycle electronic waste, providing a workplace where volunteers and employees gain confidence and skills for the transition to sustainable employment.  AWESOME!

eWaste is the fastest growing waste stream to landfill. Substation33’s goal is to offer a cleaner, more Earth-friendly option for residents of South East Queensland to dispose of old computers, monitors, servers, office equipemnt, household appliances, mobile phones and all obsolete/unwanted electronic equipment.

Your eWaste will be disassembled by their team of volunteers and the materials recovered are directed back into the manufacturing stream.

The crew at Substation33 even boast that if they had a plug or a battery, they could recycle it.

So clear out under the stairs, dont put that old tv, heater, computer into landfill – recycle it via Substation33 – find out more here: www.substation33.com.au

Or get in touch:
31 Mary St Kingston 4114
P: 3826 1533
E: info@substation33.com.au

Substation33 is open Monday to Friday 8.00am til 4.30 pm except public holidays

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Have kindness, will travel – Top Travel Tips

No matter what you are doing, everyday or once in a lifetime, big or small, public or private, there are loads of simple ways to include an itinerary of social kindness into your world.  This is what my blog charityspam is all about.

I heard about a blogging competition, to write a post about my top travel tips.  This post is my number one top tip on how to pack a bit of kindness into your suitcase.

A very simple way, with little effort, is to reserve a a small space in your suitcase which can make a big difference to the people in the places you are travelling to.

PackForAPurposePack For a Purpose is a fantastic international charity who help inspire travellers to make meaningful contributions to the destinations they visit. They co-ordinate accommodation providers, local communities and not-for-profits to all work together.  Pack for a Purpose list hundreds of destinations in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and more.  A small allocation of space can make a lasting difference to those who don’t have much.  For example, within a spare two kilos in your luggage allowance, you can pack 400 pencils, 5 deflated soccer balls, a stethoscope or 500 bandaids.  Drop your goodies off at your accommodation (that supports PfaP) and the rest is taken care of, it is that easy.

This mentality can also be applied locally.  My next trip doesn’t involve jumping on a plane, I will be driving one hour to attend my very first ProBlogger Event on the Gold Coast. So I’m putting the Pack For a Purpose mantra into action to benefit a local Gold Coast group that is helping women who are homeless.

Last week, I blogged about an Australia-wide movement of organisations who collect sanitary items for women experiencing homelessness, and I discovered that there is one based on the Gold Coast. Did you know that tonight, 20,000 people in the “Sunshine State” are homeless?  And let me tell you, the sunshine state is not so sunny right now.

Gold Coast Secret Women’s Business are a group dedicated to collecting and donating feminine hygiene products for homeless women on the Gold Coast.   They are based at 45 Nerang Street in Southport, an old ambulance station next to council chambers.   The items collected are then donated to either Rosies, Still Waters Refuge or Angels Kitchen.

So my newly formed goal, yes, as of right now, is to collect 2,500 sanitary items within the next three weeks to donate to them.

To do this, I am REALLY going to need your help. 

Here are six easy ways to help:

  1. Buy an extra box of tampons or pads next time you are at the supermarket and send to me (or send direct to Gold Coast Secret Women’s Business if that is easier)
  2. Share this post on your facebook – here is the URL
  3. Forward this blog to your friends
  4. Start a collection among your friends
  5. Connect with a local organisation helping women in this way in your area
  6. Like Gold Coast Secret Women’s Business, Rosies Queensland, Pack For A Purpose on facebook

GREAT NEWS!  There are two new drop off locations for your donations in Brisbane, so if you would like to donate, and these businesses are near by, please drop in!  Thank you Leisa and Kerry!  Please note that this collection will end on Thursday 13th August 2015.  

Leisa Gill from Astute Financial Central Brisbane – 66 Warry Street Fortitude Valley
Kerry Ferschmann from Time Out For You – 156 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove

Or if you are a blogger, attending next month’s Pro Blogger conference, why not Pack For a Purpose, bring your goodies to the conference, come and find me and I will deliver for you!

So c’mon Pro Blogger attendees – would you like to wrap some social kindness into your conference?  I hope so!


I have written this blog post as my entry in the Blog. Share. Inspire. Virgin Australia / ProBlogger competition – I hope you like it….and donate some tampons.


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The Melbourne Period Project

tamponsIt is that thing we really don’t like talking about. Period. There are lots of silly names for it: Aunt Flo, Cousin Red, ‘have the painters in’, ‘in her flowers’, on the rag, ride the cotton pony, surf the crimson wave, that time of the month and this one ‘woman troubles’ is a particularly accurate description if you are a woman and you are homeless.   What do you do when you have to choose between a meal and tampons?

I discovered an amazing and new project helping Victorian women who are homeless; the Melbourne Period Project and I would love to share it with you.

It was co-founded by two amazing women, Donna and Natalie only last month, June 2015.

Natalie was previously homeless and had first hand experience of being without sanitary products and had to use folded up toilet paper and socks in substitute for pads/tampons. She vowed once she was out of that situation she would make sure that this wouldn’t happen to anyone still living on the streets. (Read about other inconceivable ways women deal with their periods worldwide via this Huffington Post article).

Natalie reached out to Donna, who runs not for profit organisation Blanket Melbourne (who incredibly, have had so much support in the lead up to this winter, that they are temporarily closed – AMAZING!). Donna got on board straight away as this was something she had been wanting to do for a while, and the Melbourne Period Project was born.

The Melbourne Period Project rely solely on community donations and provide sanitary products to women who are homeless. They work with many organisations across Victoria to distribute sanitary products to women in need.

There are over 100 drop off points across Victoria. You can email Melbourne Period Project direct to get the details or their postal address.

To fing out more, visit the Melbourne Period Project website, follow on facebook or twitter., and make sure you share this post with your friends in Victoria.

There are similar projects in other states also:

Every Little Bit Helps – Sydney

Making a Difference Brisbane

Essentials for Women of Perth

Gold Coast Secret Women’s Business

Essentials 4 Women Adelaide

Wings and Strings (Newcastle and Hunter region)

Why not start a collection, and ask around your friendship group for contributions.  Buy an extra box of tampons or pads in your next supermarket shop.  You know this will make a difference in the most sisterly way.

Thanks for reading!


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