As you may have seen on Facebook, during Jen’s recent visit to England she ran a series of Women’s Health workshops as fundraisers for The Q Foundation. But what Jen didn’t know was that her wonderful friends Julia Oyeleye and Jan Lee had some fundraising ideas of their own!
Julia and Jan had organised ‘The Urban Jungle’ a special community charity event that had street food, market stalls, entertainment, graffiti painting, sporting events and more!
The event was a great success and all up the workshops and event raised £1631.43 for The Q Foundation (that’s just under $3,000 AUD!). This will go so far in helping The Q Foundation kids.
Of course, we owe all involved a very special thank you. Your beautiful hearts and your desire to help us is much appreciated. So to Julia and Jan, Ellen Parkes, Sarah Whiteside, Sophie Edgar Parkes (and her two boys Fin and Rory), Claire Heslop, Lesley Simpson, Hayley Johnson and everyone else who helped on the day thank you!!
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It’s no secret that this time of year can be difficult for many. Over the last couple of weeks we have been busy preparing and delivering a food drop to each family in The Q Foundation.
Each pack included something to nourish their bodies and something to make them smile:
• Fresh Chicken (quite a treat, families can rarely afford a whole fresh chicken)
• 30 Fresh Eggs (also something they can rarely afford)
• 10 tins of canned fish
• 10kg bag of rice
• Cooking oil, soy sauce and all the basics for cooking
• 20 meals of noodles
• Cookies (which they had never heard about! We had to explain what they were)
• Other treats for the kids
The list would be shrug worthy to many of us – we buy many of these items in our standard weekly shop without giving it a second thought. But you should have seen their faces.
Seeing a child beaming with gratitude over a bag of rice made me want to cry and smile at the same time.
While many children in the Western world will be wishing for the latest expensive gadgets, children in other parts of the world would be just as grateful – if not more for eggs, rice or chicken.
It puts life in perspective doesn’t it? There are some things in life that you cannot un-see, it changes your life forever – this for me is one of them.
I have so much gratitude for the generous souls that sponsor our kids and donate to The Q Foundation. Also, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Khwan Kj Koyphol and our tiny team on the ground that are doing so much to help these kids!
Want to bring more smiles to little faces? Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
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This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Am, one of the most driven kids in The Q Foundation kids.
Am lives in Kaper and is in Grade 11. She is eagerly looking forward to talking to her teachers this term about what she wants to study after high school.
She is a proactive, helpful and kind young woman who is actively planning ahead to create a great life for herself. After high school Am wants to get into the beauty industry.
When you sponsor a child through The Q Foundation, you are changing the life of a child like Am’s forever. Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
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To help raise funds for more TQF projects we held a trivia night and auction on the 17th of September. It was a great success with a total of $4100 raised for The Q Foundation project fund! 100% of these funds (and any contributions you give to The Q Foundation) will go directly to the kids and projects for village.
We had some AMAZING items donated for our auction – including two nights accommodation in a one bedroom king spa suite with ocean views of rainbow beach and had a lot of fun playing trivia and other games like a paper plane making featured below.
We were among great company, with 120 wonderful people in attendance.
There are many people we need to thank, Genine (the queen of quiz) who was MC, our incredible sponsors and the volunteers who helped before, during and after the event.
And of course a BIG thank you to everyone who came along to make the night the success it was!
The Q Foundation Team.
In our last newsletter we introduced you to Lonna, one of the newest TQF kids. As you may recall, Lonna was without a proper roof, a serious problem for her health and wellbeing in the wet season!
Unable to stand the thought of Lonna and her elderly grandmother spending days and nights in the rain, Jen made sure a roof was organised – without them knowing.
As you can imagine they were overwhelmed, and for the $80 investment it was a project that has made a world of difference to Lonna and her grandmother.
Would you like to help with projects like these? You can make a once off contribution to our project fund or support a child through ongoing sponsorship here.
Now half way through the year we thought we’d share what we’ve been up to lately…
Water tanks and pipes
If you have travelled to Asia over the summer months, you’ll know that temperatures can soar as high as 45 degrees in the shade. The land is dry and dusty and water becomes a serious problem – and this summer was certainly no exception! When we arrived in Thailand we discovered just how much the wells your generosity helped us build last year helped the kids and the town. This year was the driest summer on record – and without the wells they would not have had the water they needed.
If that wasn’t enough, we have also discovered that as a result of our wells the local government has now put in a water pipe to the village which was a HUGE achievement. These are the kind of ripples you are helping us create throughout the village.
Period pad voucher system
While in Thailand it came to our attention that a lot of the girls don’t have access to period pads. Now you can imagine what a sensitive issue this is for a girl to begin with but without the proper hygiene products? We just couldn’t have that!
We are so pleased to announce that we have set up a voucher system for our girls that upon turning 14 (or whenever needed) they can, once a month, collect what they need and not have to worry.
Paying it forward
Giving back is such an important part of our culture here at The Q Foundation and it is a concept we want to pass onto the kids involved. While we were over in Kaper we wanted to teach the kids about giving back and looking after the environment.
There is a huge litter problem in Thailand so we took the kids down to ‘Emubob’ (the hospital grounds) to pick up rubbish. While we were there we caught the attention of the head Doctor Kunlasup and Director of Amenities, Ladda who were overflowing with thanks. Now everywhere the kids go together they take a bag to clean up.
Dental care products for all kids
Dental hygiene is a real issue with the kids, so when we had them all together for the bike safety course we couldn’t miss the opportunity to give them all toothbrushes and toothpaste, and chat about the importance of taking care of their teeth.
These small differences are making a massive difference in the lives of The Q Foundation kids. Thank you for all of your help!
The roads in Kaper can be extremely dangerous particularly in wet season, which will now last until November. Despite the amount of accidents on the roads, helmets are hardly used.
With the safety of TQF kids at the forefront of our mind one of our big goals for this year was to run a road safety course that would teach the TQF kids the importance of wearing helmets and the road rules that would keep them safe. We also wanted to make sure every child had a pushbike to make going to school easier for them and their families.
After months of planning it finally happened on the 24th of April. We travelled over an hour to Ranong to buy the bikes. Jen, Kwan and Wayne coordinated the day with the help of Jeff and Lesley Thomas while the Kapoe Cycling Club taught the kids how to stay safe on the roads. It was so great to have all of the kids and their extended family present.
The kids listened attentively and couldn’t wait to get on their bikes and try them out – with their helmets of course! But before they did we put on a feast for the kids and their families.
When it came time to put their new skills to the test the excitement was overwhelming. The kids started chanting “The Q Foundation”.
We think Jen summed the day up best when she said, “Some life experiences are too big for words. I held it together today giving the 60 kids their bikes but I lost it when the parents thanked me. So not possible to hold back tears when something like this has such a huge ripple through the families and community.”
Since the safety course we are so pleased to report that we are seeing more and more kids riding around town wearing helmets.
A big thanks to all who helped make this project a success. And thank you to you too! Without your generosity projects like this would not be able to happen.
Here at The Q Foundation we always keep an eye out for charities that are doing incredible work and need a boost in resources. This month we came across Feed The Little Children based in Perth and we knew we just had to help!
Did you know that up to 89% of Indigenous Australian families live BELOW the Henderson poverty line (Altman and Hunter 1996)? I don’t know about you, but I was shocked when I heard that statistic!
Feed The Little Children is working to change this, providing 300 hot, healthy meals two nights a week for children between 0-10yrs and mainly from single parent Aboriginal families who would struggle to maintain household food security due to very low incomes; high costs of living; overcrowding and a range of other complex historical, social, cultural and economic reasons.
To give them a helping hand we ticked off items on their wish list, providing loads of kitchen stuff from wooden spoons to mixing bowls, scales to tea towels and jugs to cutlery, to help them fulfill their mission.
You can watch the full video of our adventure and our interview with Honey from Feed The Little Children below.
Everyday we are able to make a difference to the lives of children the world over thanks to your help. This time it was a privilege to do it in our own backyard here in Australia. From us and from them, thank you!
Make a donation today.
For many of us a trip to the beach is a fairly regular activity – a daily activity even. But for The Q Foundation Kids it is an extremely rare event.
Despite living only 10-20kms away from the water, parents, grandparents and guardians have little time or money to be able to take them there.
So with monsoon season well and truly over Khwan and Wayne organised to take the kids on a special beach day out, and needless to say the kids were beyond excited.
When they arrived at the beach the kids piled out of the ute and squealed with delight as they ran onto the beach and plonked themselves in the sand.
As they sat there and chatted happily with the sand running between their toes, Khwan and Wayne made a rather surprising discovery.
The Q Foundation kids had never played a game of dodgem ball!!
Quickly scratching out a field in the sand Wayne and Khwan taught the kids how to play.
Laughter filled the air with each bounce of the ball.
As child after child got out, the field was made smaller and smaller until only the winner was left standing – Q!
A quick swim was in store to cool down before they headed back to Kaper for their next surprise…
Chocolate sundaes and banana splits!!
As you can imagine, ice cream is something the kids don’t get very often so it is a huge treat – and it was the perfect end to a great day out.
It these moments of happiness and love that we want to keep bringing into the lives of The Q Foundation kids. If you would like to help us you can contribute here.
Have you ever experienced that blissful feeling of hopping into a nice, soft, comfortable bed with clean sheets at the end of a hard day? There really is nothing quite like it!
So when we found out some of our new sponsored kids had never had a bed (they were sleeping on plastic sheets on the ground), and that most of our kids had never had new bedding (always hand me downs) we knew we had our next project sorted – Operation Goodnight.
The aim of Operation Goodnight was to supply beds and bedding to every sponsored child. Even some of our first sponsor children came in to give us a hand. Here’s Aon helping us organise the mattresses.
Delivering the bedding was amazing. There were so many smiling kids and so many grateful parents and grandparents. Here’s Pair and Um receiving theirs.
Wayne House, one of our Thailand coordinators (featured below with Am), said, “It was one of the most feel good things I have ever done in my life. We got so many smiles from kids who never smile. Many of the kids had no idea how to react, as they are not used to receiving gifts. It was an incredibly emotional process to go through and quite overwhelming for kids who have come from very troubled childhoods.”
Here’s Egg receiving his – he was so excited!
But perhaps the best part of this project (besides the smiles and squeals) is the flow on effect. The brothers, sisters and elderly grandparents of TQF kids who were also without beds or bedding, now also have a comfy place to rest their heads. The reach of this project has gone far beyond our 60 sponsored kids.
So as you put your head on the pillow tonight to sleep, remember the difference your donations and support have made to our 60 children and their families, because they will never forget it.