drink coffee, do good, action against homelessness

cafesmartThis Friday 8th August 2014, take action against homeless and buy your Friday coffee from a cafe across Australia participating in CafeSmart 2014 and they’ll donate a $1 from every coffee sold.  To find your local do-gooder cafe, click here.

Some cafes that you already might know are signed up….

Brisbane: Di Bella Coffee (Bowen Hills), Hotel Urban (Spring Hill), Thrive on George (CBD), John Mills Himself (CBD), Toby’s Estate Brisbane (CBD), Campos Coffee Brisbane (Fortitude Valley) Expresso Train (Nundah) and Pasta Pantry (Rosalie), Bunker Coffee (Milton and my favourite!) Sydney: The Cook and Baker (Bondi Junction) Lize & Bath Cafe (CBD), The Q on Harris (Ultimo), Oliver Brown World Square, Greenheart Expresso (CBD), BangBang Cafe and Lucky Pickle (Surrey Hills), Cafe Morso (Pyrmont). Melbourne: STREAT (all locations), Cherry & Twigs (CBD), Mister Close (CBD) Hub Cafe and Miss Jackson (St Kilda), Alice Nivens, Footscray Milking Station, 30KER65 (Fitzroy). Canberra: Coffee Guru (Erindale and Mawson), Good Brother (Dickson), Little Oink (Cook) and Tranquillo Expresso (Braddon). Perth: Yelo (Trigg), Dimattina (Osbourne Park), Mercado Negro (CBD), Jessie’s Cafe and Roastery (Myaree).

streetsmart_logoAll funds raised go to StreetSmart who take action against homelessness, raising funds and awareness for small, ‘hard to reach’ grassroots services and projects. Projects that provide critical services and emergency aid as well as promoting social inclusion, empowerment and sustainable change for people who are homeless or at risk. 100% of donations raised through Streetsmart events are distributed in the form of grants. To date they have raised $3,031,680 and supported 843 grassroots projects.  Like what they do on facebook or follow them on twitter.  Dont forget to post a selfie Friday using hashtag #drinkcoffeedogood and donate direct to the cause here.

Would you like your local café to be involved? then download this flyer, print it off and hand it over and encourage them to get involved.

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Charity Polo Day – Sunday 3rd August 2014


Last year, Sandra Carder organised her first charity polo day. There were 14 teams, over 1000 spectators, and most importantly funds were raised for charity Destiny Rescue, directly helping rescue young Cambodian girl Sreyta Sok Hang.

Sandra tells me that Sreyta lost her six brothers and her father, and as a young girl was forced to leave her mother and live on the streets, where she was subjected to sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  Sreyta is 14 now and living in a Destiny Rescue rescue home and is learning new skills and living in a safe and loving environment.

Destiny Rescue exists to rescue children from red light districts, brothels and sexually abusive situations. They operate in five countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and India, and rely on the generoisity of the community, fundraising events and donations to fund their life saving work.

Sandra heard about Destiny Rescue through a friend of a friend, and was so inspired by the cause, she repurposed her family’s annual polo event that had been running for 25 years, The Carder Cup, to support this very worthy cause, Destiny Rescue.

“I have a four year old daughter, and to think there is a need to rescue children from the sex industry is horrific to me. Even if I am just doing a tiny bit, I know I am doing something”.  Sandra sells real estate by day, and is organising the next charity polo day, Sunday 3rd August, by night.

The 2014 Destiny Rescue Polo Match is being held on privately owned  ‘Alsace’, the country estate of polo aficionado and Yellow Cab Managing Director, Neill Ford and his wife Trisha.

Entry starts at $20, and there are car boot picnic options, or seats and tables in a corporate marquee.  There will plenty of polo, raffles, silent auctions, children’s entertainment and much more.  To book your ticket/s contact Sandra on 0418 2222 57 or email scarder@aston.net.au

Dress: what does one wear to the polo?  Sandra says anything goes; jeans, hat, jacket or dress.  The offical Alsace Polo website says “sophisticated and tailored day wear” and that “Polo is a stylish outdoor event and subject to weather. Linen jackets, ties and sundresses are valid options. Footwear should be practical – high heels are not a smart choice due to grassed areas for the majority of the event. Racing style hats will look out of place, though more casual headwear is often worn”

Make a donation to Destiny Rescue here, follow the charity polo match event details on the official facebook page and see the full event invite below.

Destiny Rescue Polo Match 2014 V2

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The World’s Biggest Garage Sale – yes in Brisbane

I am so privileged to introduce my guest blogger, Yasmin. Yasmin writes her own blog Previvor, and she is one amazing lady.  Yasmin is brave, and she is beautiful. Her passion is helping people and this is what she has planned next month – The Worlds Biggest Garage Sale, yes, in Brisbane on Saturday 12 July – and she needs your help….please read on, like her facebook page, share this post, donate to the cause.

WBGS_2013_2In 2013, I came up with this little idea to sell some of our unwanted household items in a garage sale. In just a few short weeks, the garage was overflowing and I found myself organising the inaugural Brisbane “World’s Biggest Garage Sale”. Among the 50 volunteers involved and in just one day, we raised over $15,000 to help fund the cutting edge research being undertaken at the Mater into melanoma, breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.

After the amazing success of what started out as a simple yard sale, in 2014 I rallied (OK, I might have begged a little) some friends to join my official WBGS committee. With a supportive group of 12 friends, coupled with a team of more than 100 volunteers, we are doing it all again and this time we’re aiming high, hoping to raise over $100,000 in 2014.


Smiling for Smiddy was founded 9 years ago following the tragic death of popular Brisbane triathlete and physiotherapist Adam Smiddy at just 26 years of age from an aggressive form of melanoma. Following Adam’s death, his friends decided to ride their pushbikes the 1600km from Brisbane to Townsville to honour Adam’s memory and raise some much needed funds to assist in the research efforts required to combat some of the most prevalent men’s and women’s cancers that affect the Australian community. 9 years later, the Smiddy riders are still riding, and along the way have raised over $5 million to fund cancer research.

YasminGrigaliunasA mother of two young girls, I have recently undergone a Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy, with a view to cheating an almost likely diagnosis of breast cancer in her future.   Rather than be one of the many women in my family who has either lost their lives, or their breasts to the disease, (including my own mother who was diagnosed at just 44) I decided that being proactive was the best option for me and my family. As a Previvor, I now dedicate some of my time to raising money to support cancer research. I have documented and shared my personal journey at www.previvor.com.au

The 2014 Worlds Biggest Garage Sale will be held on Saturday 12 July 2014 commencing at 6:00am.  An antiques and collectibles AUCTION will also take place on Friday 11 July 2014, from 6:00pm.

Venue: Our Lady of The Assumption School 9 Hurdcotte Street, Enoggera, Brisbane

We have thousands of products, including; clothes, toys, furniture, whitegoods, house-hold items, books, sporting goods, LP records, antiques & collectibles and more – we have EVERYTHING!

If you would like further information, please contact Yasmin Grigaliunas directly via email yasming@schoolhours.com.au or mobile 0409 471 170 to find out more information.

Follow the event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/worldsbiggestgaragesale

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The Bread and Butter Project #socent

I have been pouring over the 2014 Social Enterprise Awards finalists, and it is a very impressive and inspiring list indeed! It was great to see some of my favourite social enterprises Expresso Train, Who Gives a Crap and the team at Thankyou in the list.

TheBreadandButterProjectOne Sydney based social enterprise I loved learning about, is The Bread & Butter Project, a wholesale, artisan, social enterprise bakery providing training and employment for refugees and asylum seekers. The Founders of the successful, privately owned Bourke Street Bakery established The Bread & Butter Project when they realised that baking was the ideal profession for people who were hungry for hands-on work.  The bakery supplies a range of delicous handmade loaves and pastries to a selection of cafes, retail outlets and growers markets in Sydney.  TBBP currently employs seven full-time trainees from Burma, Siere Leone and Thailand, and will continue to stagger the introduction of new trainees as bakery sales grow. A team of professional bakers oversee the twelve-month padi trainship and the Bourke Street Bakery manages the social enterprise.

The project’s bread can be found at more than 100 locations in Sydney, including David Jones. All profits from bread sales are reinvested into the project.

Founder Paul Allam was inspired to set up The Bread & Butter Project following a trip to Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border, where at the invitation of a local orphanage Paul taught a group of Karen refugee women how to bake bread and helped establish a social business to support these women and the orphanage.

On returning home, Paul along with his business partner and friend, David McGuinness, decided to use their baking skills and community spirit to set up a social enterprise bakery to empower the disadvantaged in Sydney. Their vision was that Bourke Street Bakery would gift its time, baking and hospitality expertise to establish a wholesale bakery where 100% of the profits would go towards training and employment opportunities for communities in need. Paul, along with the rest of the board is working on a volunteer basis, spreading the goodness and growing The Bread and Butter customer base as “the more bread we sell, the more people we help”.

Some ways you can help:

  • Buy some bread! Click here for stockists.
  • Sell some bread! Contact TBBP to see if you can become a seller.
  • Buy their new cookbook, email here for info on how to buy.
  • Volunteer at one of their Farmer’s Market Stalls and tell the story to interested bread buyers at local markets
  • Make a donation towards capital expense start-up costs
  • Sponsor a trainee’s bakery uniform
  • Tell your friends, share this post, like on facebook, follow them on twitter

To learn more about The Project visit their website or watch the ABC story here “People changing lives on a kneads must basis”

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play it forward

macmillarDo you think you are too busy, too young, too old, too poor to be a philanthropist?  Whatever your reason (or excuse), please read on about nine-year-old Mac Millar’s project and how he has made a difference in the lives of some of the poorest children in the world.

In October 2012, young Mac Millar from Brisbane saw “kids from Afghanistan on TV and they never looked like they have much to do” Mac said. ” I love soccer, and I think every kid should be able to play soccer too”.  Mac learned that Afghan children were among the most disadvantaged in the world and he knew immediately what he wanted to do:  “My goal is to help kids who can’t play soccer because they are too poor.”

With a little help from his family, Mac set about raising money to buy soccer balls to send them to Afghanistan.  It turned out to be harder than he thought – but young Mac persisted.

Penelope Wensley AC Governor of Queensland describes Mac’s enthusiasm as “infectious” and his appeals for assistance, through a combination of activities – letter-writing, establishing a special website, using social media, speaking at Rotary clubs, and elsewhere – struck a chord in the community, attracting much interest and media for the project he called “Football. Play it Forward”.

In June 2013, Mac’s dream came true and the 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment Task Group in Afghanistan along with AusAID Advisors, handed out 100 soccer balls to a local school in Uruzgan province.

mac millar play it forward

The lucky recipients were the children of the then new AusAID-funded Salambaba School in the Mirabad valley, Afghanistan.

Since then Mac has raised tens of thousands of dollars to buy more soccer balls for disadvantaged kids in Afghanistan, Solomon Islands, refugee detention centres all around Australia (including Manus Island and Nauru), Cambodia and Zimbabwe. Mac has written a book about his amazing story (so far) titled, Football. Play it Forward.

In October 2013 Mac won a United Nations Association of Australia, Queensland Community Award for his increbile humanitarian efforts.

But still, Mac is enjoying being a kid. “Soccer is my life,” Mac said. “I love playing it, watching it and learning about it. My goal is to play for Barcalona like Messi and be a famous soccer player. Mum still asks me what job I want when I grow up. She really doesn’t get it.”

For more inspiration watch the offical launch of Mac’s book, buy your own copy of Mac’s book Football. Play it Forwarddonate to buy soccer ball, follow Mac on facebook,  visit his website.

Now, what are you going to do.

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change the world for the better…

campaignforchange“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978)

This is easily one of my favourite quotes. I have seen this quote in action, time and time again.  And now, thanks to Wesley Mission Brisbane, your bright idea to improve your local community can become a reality via their Campaign for Change competition.

This unique competition gives residents of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Logan the chance to win a $40,000 kick start to get their concept for enriching the community off the ground. 

“Campaign for Change is about motivating residents to make a difference, whether that is offering support services for disadvantaged youths, running a community clean up or providing initiatives to help reduce the stigmas around mental illness,” WMB’s Executive Director Geoff Batkin said. “It doesn’t have to be a massive project; it could be something small that changes the community for the better. Any and every idea is welcome.”

“The aim is to inspire a new wave of community kindness and wellbeing, to fill the many unmet needs that are facing our community on a daily basis” he said.

The winner will recieve a $30,000 grant and tailored support and mentoring from Wesley Mission Brisbane and Foresters Community Finance.

Two additional runners-up will receive a $5,000 grant and support from Foresters Community Finance.

So what are you waiting for?  Get your idea together and submit it here.  Applications close 13th June 2014, finalists announced 29th June 2014.



About Wesley Mission Brisbane
Wesley Mission Brisbane is a not for profit organisation that has been helping Queenslanders for over 100 years. WMB is a leading provider of innovative and responsive aged care, child care and community service programs that support those in need.

As part of WMB’s ongoing commitment to assisting and improving the Brisbane community, WMB has developed the Campaign for Change initiative, which for the first time, gives Brisbane residents the funding and support services they need to get their programs for improving their local community off the ground.



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Dear Melanoma

The following post was written by Rebecca Sparrow, republished on charityspam with her blessings…

Meet Emma.  She’s my babysitter.

She’s 22. Loves a laugh. Loves to travel. And last year was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.

Stage 4 melanoma is terminal.


Emma and Rebecca

Rather than sit at home all day watching Dr Phil and eating Milo out of the tin (which is possibly what I’d do), Emma’s decided to start writing about her experiences and fundraise for the Melanoma Institute of Australia. This is because Emma is a rolled-gold legend.

Now this is where you all come in.

On Sunday 8th June, Emma is officially launching her brand spanking new blog ‘Dear Melanoma’ and she’ll be joined by me and a few of Brisbane’s favourite writers and radio stars – The Sunday Mail’s Frances Whiting (that’s me and Fran together in that photo on FrancisRebeccathe left), radio host and B Magazine columnist Emily-Jade O’Keeffe, 97.3FM’s Robin Bailey and Pearls of Willsdom blogger Sarah Wills.  Together we plan to  offer Emma some unsolicited advice about writing online and being in the public eye. And just for kicks we’ll share some of our best ever hate mail.

There’ll be a scrumptious morning tea before the festivities kick off … so join us for the morning as we celebrate Emma’s blog and help raise funds for the Melanoma Institute.

Now hands up who’s coming?

Official Launch of  ‘Dear Melanoma’

Where: The Auditorium, St Aidan’s School, 11 Ruthven St, Corinda

When: 10am- midday,  Sunday 8th June 2014

Tickets: $45 per person includes a scrumptious morning tea

To Book:  To reserve your place, email the number of tickets you want and the names of your guests to Bec@rebeccasparrow.com, then do a direct deposit to the following bank account:  BSB:   124028  ACCOUNT NUMBER:   22171470

ACCOUNT NAME:  Emma Kate betts Supporting Melanoma Institute Australia

All proceeds from the event (which will be nearly every penny) will go to the Melanoma Institute.  Read more about Emma here.


RebeccaSparrowRebecca Sparrow is a weekly columnist at Mamamia.com.au.
Her first novel, The Girl Most Likely (2003), is in development to become a feature film. Her second, The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (2006), debuted as a stage play in 2007. Her most recent book, Find Your Feet (The 8 things I Wish I’d Known Before I Left High School), is the companion guide to the bestselling Find Your Tribe (2009). Rebecca is an ambassador for Givit.org.au and The Pyjama Foundation.

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