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!!
Feel inspired to give? Contribute today every little bit helps!
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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.
Winner of the prestigious and iconic 2016 Australian ‘MO Award’ for ‘Best Live Comedy Act’ and selected as an official Australian juror for the ‘2017 Eurovision Song Competition’, Jackie Loeb has maintained her reputation as one of today’s most hilarious and multi-talented Comedians while simultaneously distinguishing herself as an MC, Actor, Vocalist, Musician and loyal follower of ‘The Cats of Instagram’.
Founder of The Q Foundation, Jennifer Jefferies had this to say about Jackie.
“It’s with great excitement that we welcome Jackie as an ambassador for The Q Foundation. I approached Jackie as she has a great talent for delivering deep yet necessary messages with sensitivity and compassion, and engages her audience in a way that makes people stand up and take notice.”
What did Jackie have to say about being an ambassador for The Q Foundation?
“I am deeply honoured to be an Ambassador for ‘The Q Foundation’. I have been fortunate in that I have had access to an education, clean drinking water and to live in a country where at the end of the day I can lay my head on a pillow and know that I am safe. I believe every child should be entitled to the same life essentials. No child should have to go without food, water or an education. And children throughout the world should be able to lay their young joyful heads on a pillow and feel the same sense of safety too.”
A little more about Jackie…
Jackie has performed at events for IBM, The NSW Police Force, Finite Recruitment, Westfield, The Sydney Lord Mayor, Weight Watchers, Kids Help Line, Comedy For Cancer, The 2017 Special Olympics Ball and was thrilled and honored to host the inaugural ‘2017 Australian LGBTI Awards ’ at the Sydney Opera House.
Jackie is the only Australian comedian to be invited to perform at the famed Aspen Comedy Festival, the Dinah Shore Festival in Palm Springs and Women’s Week in Provincetown, USA.
Jackie has wowed audiences at Comedy Festivals across Australia and around the world including numerous solo comedy shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Sydney Comedy Festival, The TV1 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Hollywood Fringe Festival and The Vodacom International Comedy Festival in South Africa where Jackie was labeled “The pick of the crop”.
Jackie was a Series Regular on the award winning Television Series ‘Full Frontal’ and has made guest appearances on Studio 10, ABC Weekend News, Thank God It’s Friday on 702 and last Christmas portrayed the feminist ‘Mrs Claus’ in an online campaign for ‘ActionAid Australia’ raising awareness of gender inequality and the plight of women living in developing nations.
Jackie is a strong, loyal and vocal supporter of the LGBTQI community and has performed at many fundraising events for people living with HIV including the annual ACON Comedy Debate.
When not on stage, Jackie composes music, eats chocolate and tries to burn calories by being ‘active’ on social media.
Jackie is currently producing and directing a brand spanking new sketch comedy series ‘The Middle- Agers’, developed specifically for the neglected and forgotten demographic…middle-aged people. Coming soon to an online platform near you!
Thank you again Jackie, we are so very grateful to have your support!
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We are very excited to tell you that Q, the first sponsor child through the foundation and the inspiration behind The Q Foundation’s name, has recently turned 17 and has finished high school!
At the beginning of this month he started trade college where he will train as an electrician for the next three years after passing his entrance exam with flying colours.
To study, Q needs to travel more than one hour each way to get to Ranong where the trade college is located.
Q is one of two students who will be studying at the trade college this year as part of our ongoing commitment to The Q Foundation kid’s education.
Q has also been tapping rubber trees at night over the last year to help support himself.
By sponsoring a child or family you have the opportunity to change the course of a child’s life and it is one of the most fulfilling experiences you will ever have. For less than one $1.00 per day, you can make the world of difference to a life and to a village. Sponsor a child or make a donation today.
This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Fern, Jan and Mook who live in Kaper. Unlike many of the children we have the privilege of introducing you to, Fern, Jan and Mook currently don’t have a sponsor to help support them.
With three children to care for resources are spread very thin in their household, and we are trying to do everything we can for them at the moment to ensure they are well nourished, have their needs met and can stay in school while we continue to search for a sponsor.
So let’s meet them shall we?
This is Fern. She is in grade two at primary school and loves to play games. She is a very willing helper around the house and when she grows up she wants to be a teacher.
This is Jan. Jan is in grade four at primary school and her favourite subject is Art. When she grows up she would like to be a doctor.
Last, but definitely not least is Mook. Mook is in grade six and loves Art and English and as you can see she is quite a talented artist! When Mook grows up she too wants to be a doctor.
If you would like to sponsor Fern, Jan and Mook and change the course of their lives forever, please get in touch with us today. For less than one $1.00 per day, you can make a world of difference.
Make a donation today.
This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Egg, a seven-year-old boy who is a real bundle of energy!
Egg lives with his brother Soon Woo who is 12 years old and his mother who does everything she can to support the family.
During Jen’s recent trip, Egg was admitted to hospital (a clinic) with gastro. Gastro is a huge deal for these kids. If they get it, they don’t have any reserves in their little bodies to fall back on so it can be a killer.
Unlike here, when a child is admitted to hospital in Kaper, the mother is expected to be the primary carer, not a nurse. If they have a catheter that needs changing, need to be tube fed, or have any other needs during their stay it is the mum who is responsible for it.
Because of this Egg’s mum was not able to work during his hospital stay. Instead, she and Soon Woo slept on sheets of newspaper over the concrete floor in Egg’s room to care for him. To help the family, Jen and The Q Foundation spent $25 AU on rice, fish sauce, tinned food and more to fill their pantry with all the basics they would need when they returned home.
Thankfully a few days later Egg recovered and is home safe and sound.
Currently, Jen supports Egg, as he doesn’t have a sponsor. By sponsoring a child or family, you have the opportunity to change the course of a child’s life. For less than one $1.00 per day, you can make the world of difference to a life and a village. Make a donation 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.
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.
I love this time of year. The celebrations, gifts, feasting, laughter and time spent with family at Christmas, and then the renewed hope that comes with the start of a new year. For many of us it’s a time filled with much joy and anticipation.
But for many others this time of year is a hard time. It’s a reminder of what they don’t have, and simply another couple of months they need to survive.
It pains me to know that there are children in the world who won’t wake up to presents at Christmas, who won’t greet the New Year with excitement, or get to experience the joy of ‘back to school’ shopping. That they won’t go to sleep with a full tummy, have the medical care they need when they don’t feel well, or even rest their head on a pillow.
It can be hard to comprehend that the basics we so often take for granted are considered luxuries for someone else.
So as we head into this time of anticipation and excitement I want to challenge you to remember what this season is all about – giving.
While it’s super fun to receive, the true gift is in giving. Ask anyone – myself included – who has given to someone in need and we’ll tell you there is no feeling like it. That joy of seeing or even just imagining their faces, it can’t be bought.
Here at The Q Foundation we’ve decided to bottle the joy this Christmas and give you the ability to share it with your loved ones through Charity Gifts.
With more and more people buying what they want, when they want throughout the year, Christmas gift shopping is becoming more challenging. So instead of hunting around the crowded shops and buying just another ‘thing’, why not honour your loved one by making a contribution in their name.
Imagine giving them a contribution like:
• New school shoes, sports shoes and socks ($50)
• 3 x School Uniforms and 1 x Sports Uniform ($100)
• A pushbike to travel to school instead of walking for miles ($100)
• School bus pass for a year ($150)
• Breakfast for 10 weeks ($200)
• Sports Equipment or School Resources ($250)
If you would like to purchase a Charity Gift for your friends and loved ones click here to donate. In the comments simply write what you would like to contribute to and the name of the person you would like to honour with your donation.
This Christmas give the gift that keeps on giving and help us continue to transform lives around the globe.
Thank you for your support!
This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to one of our newest sponsored children, Pi.
Pi lives in a neighbouring suburb to Kaper with her mother and two younger sisters aged 18 months and two and a half years.
Pi’s mother and father divorced when she was younger and sadly Pi and her sisters haven’t seen or heard from their father since. While Pi’s mother works during the day to provide as much as possible for her daughters, with no home or land they are forced to live with Pi’s grandmother.
Pi is currently eight years old and is in grade one, she loves learning and going to school. To get to school Pi rides on the back of a motorbike.
Recently we’ve been able to provide Pi and her family with fuel documents and breakfast vouchers for the local shop to make it easier for Pi to attend school and eat a big, nourishing breakfast before she goes.
By sponsoring a child you have the opportunity to change the course of a child’s life and it is one of the most fulfilling experiences you will ever have. For less than one $1.00 per day, you can make the world of difference to a life and to a village.