In 2010, Jennifer and her friend Barbara travelled to Kaper in Thailand to visit a friend. While over there, they met a young local village boy named Q and instantly bonded. Q’s mother had died from AIDS related causes, and while still alive when they first met, later his father died from similar complications, leaving Q on his own to survive.

Already suffering from malnutrition Q’s growth was stunted, he was illiterate and failing all subjects and had no safe place to stay. With their love for Q growing and a concern for his wellbeing, Jen and Barb enquired about adopting Q and bringing him back to Australia to raise him as their own. Unfortunately though, they soon found out it wasn’t possible for gay women to adopt a Thai child and take him out of the country.

But this only inspired them more. Establishing the Q Foundation they took on the financial responsibility of Q, also committing to help other children in his village and beyond suffering the same fate.

Now, Q has his for the first time in his life, a safe place to stay and his own bed. With regular food to eat Q is finally growing well and as for his school subjects, he’s passing 75% of them. The Q Foundation is also helping children in the same village who, just like Q, are thriving.

How you too can make a difference

Sadly Q’s story is not unique; there are millions more children who are faced with extreme poverty and the burden of surviving on their own. But they don’t have to do it alone.

At The Q Foundation we are committed to:

  • Providing education and educational supplies to children living in sub standard conditions
  • Servicing children’s basic health needs, such as food, clean water and medical care
  • Assisting with the repair and/or construction of accommodation to provide children with suitable living conditions that protect them from the elements; and
  • Providing social welfare services to ensure the wellbeing of children


With your help and financial support we can bring this number down and give health, hope and happiness to children just like Q.

Having a transparent approach to giving you will be able to see exactly where your donation is going and have the option to give a once off donation or provide ongoing support. You will also be able to donate your skills and time through our planned project trips and see first hand the difference you are making in the lives of the children you are supporting.

Giving, the gift where everyone receives.

Today you have the opportunity to make a difference, to change the course of a child’s life. If you would like to make a donation please click the link below.


The purpose of life isn’t just to live, but to live well

Jennifer Jefferies is one of Australia’s most respected authors and speakers in the area of health and wellbeing, working closely with some of the world’s most well known brands to restore work life balance and minimise presenteeism and absenteeism in their organisations.

Experiencing corporate burnout at 27 after a car accident, Jennifer got the wake up call she needed to realise there is more to life than just having a successful career, and good health was the foundation to build it on.

Turning away from her pharmaceutical management career Jennifer became a passionate naturopath, and for the last 25 years has helped countless individuals improve their lives so they can live their dreams, enjoy life and give back.

Subscribing to the philosophy that wealth and success mean nothing without your health, Jennifer authored the 7 Steps to Sanity and eleven other health-related titles, sharing practical real-life strategies to help teams and individuals improve their health, wellbeing and productivity by finding balance in their lives.

Known for her fun, humorous, no-nonsense approach to healthy living, and her proven ability to motivate others to make positive changes to their lives both inside and outside the workplace, Jennifer is a highly sought after presenter, speaking to corporations in more than a dozen countries including Australia, USA, New Zealand and South-East Asia.

Determined to leave the world a better place, Jennifer has also established The Q Foundation to give health, hope and happiness to children in poverty stricken countries through providing education, health care, accommodation and welfare services.