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.
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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This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Eye, a sweet little girl who will turn ten next month
Eye lives with her mother, father and two brothers in the village of Kaper.
Eye is currently in grade four and loves learning Thai.
When Eye grows up she wants to nurse.
When Eye isn’t busy at school she is busy working at home, doing everything she can to help support the family.
Could you help a child like Eye?
By sponsoring a child, 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.
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.
This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to Ning, one of the oldest kids in The Q Foundation’s care.
Like many of our kids, Ning has experienced the tragedy of losing her mother and her father has a kidney disorder. With parents unable to support her Ning lives with her grandmother in the village of Kaper.
Now 16 years old, Ning was planning on leaving school at the end of last year to start work and support her family. But, as a direct result of her sponsorship through The Q Foundation, she was able to stay in school and is currently completing her grade 11 equivalent.
As you can imagine, this decision has opened up her career choices and allowed Ning to dream bigger with her now deciding between going to Ranong Tec for computer studies, or continuing at school to study Law.
When you compare the photo above when Ning first started with The Q Foundation to the recent photo below, you can very visibly see the benefit sponsorship has had. Ning is more happy, healthy and confident and the course of her life has changed significantly.
When you sponsor a child through The Q Foundation, you are changing the life of a child forever. Click here to donate or sponsor a child today.
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.