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.
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.
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.
As well as looking after our beautiful children in Kaper, Thailand, The Q Foundation also feels an obligation to reach out to children in our worldwide global village.
This month we had the privilege of helping the Bali Care For Kids Program through The Jodie O’Shea Orphanage in Denpasar. Built in loving memory of Jodie O Shea who tragically died as a result of the Bali bombing in 2002, the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage was founded to improve the lives of children faced with poverty in Bali.
The orphanage is home to 86 children four of which are babies, with ages ranging from 10 days old to 17 years old. Prior to coming to the orphanage all of them had grown up malnourished in poverty stricken areas and often from one-parent families. Now at their new home, the children have undergone amazing transformations.
For us this month, our mission was simple – tick off as many basics as we could on their Wish List – and oh what fun it was!
In the end we filled four shopping trolleys and were able to get essential supplies like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, cleaning products, baby nappies, buckets, baskets, food essentials and so much more!
After a mammoth task of getting everything to fit in the vehicles, Jen then had the pleasure of seeing the children’s faces light up as they came out to help unload all the goodies at the orphanage. While that would have been reward enough, Jen also got to channel her inner child playing in the brightly painted courtyard with the children.
In Jen’s own words…
“I woke up after my visit to the Jodi O’Shea Orphanage with a wonderful sense of gratitude for the children who are being looked after there and also with the feeling of urgency knowing that there are so many children who slip through the cracks and do not get the care. I know that we cannot help them all, however here at The Q Foundation we are committed to help all of those that we can and to spread the word of power of contribution.
The thought of little Grace, 10 days old not being able to be cared for after being abandoned at birth breaks my heart. Thank you to all of you who help on any level to help the children of the world feel safe and loved.”
This is the reason The Q Foundation exists. Knowing that little ones like Grace will grow up in an environment of love and security and be taught skills to help them succeed in life, is all due to the generosity of her worldwide global family.
This is the kind of difference you are making when you support The Q Foundation. You are changing the lives of children the world over.
Thank you for your continued support!
While the Internet was freaking out about whether a dress was blue and black or white and gold, I was freaking out about a dress of my own.
You see on the 9th of February I was set a challenge. A challenge to wear a formal dress in front of thousands of people to raise funds for The Q Foundation.
For many it would seem like an easy challenge, enjoyable even. But there was one problem. You see wearing a dress literally terrifies me. While some people I know love nothing more than to dress up and wear beautiful dresses, for me the thought is almost paralyzing. It had been 20 years since I had worn a dress and I had no plans of changing that any time soon.
Well that was until ringleaders Jennifer Schultz, Carmen Rumsey and Melinda Tory decided it would be the perfect challenge for me to do to raise money for the launch of The Q Foundation and help build some momentum to meet our funding goal of $100,000 this year.
I was faced with a choice. A choice many of us encounter all throughout our lives – move out of our comfort zone and reap the rewards or stay comfortable and not achieve our goals as quickly as we would like – if at all.
While it was a hard decision to make, it was easy at the same time. You see, The Q Foundation, our kids and the future kids we will help are my ‘why’. They are my passion, my reason for waking up with a bounce in my step and they are my legacy, how I intend to leave the world a better place. With motivation like that how can one say no?
So I agreed…begrudgingly some might say.
But with the announcement funds started coming in. We went shopping. You can watch the whole awkward fiasco here.
I got made up. Which, you can watch here.
I even got my legs shaved by sexy Steve!
Then there was the big reveal…
And our even bigger reveal that over $50,000 – half of our funding goal – was raised in the space of TWO weeks as a result of your generous giving!
So as painful as it was (and no I WON’T be doing it again), it was well worth the discomfort. But what’s more it gave me the wonderful reminder of just what we can achieve when we are willing to get out of our comfort zone. Life can get in the way, but when you find your ‘why’ it can get you moving. Don’t watch your life from the sidelines; get up and in the game!
P.S. The gorgeous dress I wore is now being auctioned on eBay to raise even more funds for our amazing kids. Jump on over and make a bid here or share it with someone you know who would live it.
P.P.S. Feel free to hit me with ideas that some of our ringleaders should do to raise some funds of their own!!
Have you ever wondered what you can do to possibly make a difference? Be assured the little things you do each day do count! To help you continue to make a difference here are seven ways you can make an impact with your life and continue to brighten someone else’s.
The gift of time
Time is one of our most limited resources and it’s one of the most valuable gifts we can give. Spending quality time with your loved ones, driving an elderly neighbour to the shops, brightening a shut in’s day by stopping in for a cuppa or volunteering at a charity are all ways you can give of your time and show how much you care.
The gift of your talents
Are your talents being buried in the humdrum of everyday life? Are you a good organiser or baker? Are you a great artist or musician? Perhaps it’s time to get in touch with your gift and donate your works or skills to your favourite charity for an auction or raffle.
The 5000 Poppies Project to commemorate our Anzacs started in someone’s kitchen or sitting room. Get involved by doing something you love, not only will you hone your talents, you might learn new ones that benefit others too!
The gift of a smile
It has been said that a “smile is the window to the soul”. A genuine welcoming smile can make the world of difference to others, and it can lift your own spirits. You never know the value of your smile and where it may lead until you give it away, so try it today!
The gift of influence
Taking an active interest in organisations that are making a difference and sharing their message on your social media or across your database can be a powerful way to get the message across. All it takes on your part is a quick moment to hit ‘like’ ‘share’ or ‘send’. Such little effort yet you have done your part to raise awareness and pass the message along.
The gift of money
We can become so caught up in acquiring more that along the way we forget about compassion for our fellow man. Why not make a family pact to forgo that second cup of coffee or snack on the way to or from work/school for one month and donate all the money saved. You will be teaching the next generation a valuable lesson about giving and possibly encouraging a healthy lifestyle change!
The gift of kindness
There’s a reason Random Acts of Kindness have spread worldwide so effectively, seeing or imagining someone’s reaction can bring so much joy. From mowing a neighbours lawn while they are out or away, to paying for someone’s petrol or groceries there are loads of opportunities each day to do a random act of kindness for someone.
Giving to others is a gift we give to ourselves. We may never know the impact our giving has on others but we will notice the impact it has on our own lives. Make this year a year of giving and enjoy the changes in your life!
When we think about the benefits of giving, we often think about the impact it has on the receiver, not the person who gives. But do you know that giving of your time, money, possessions or talents can have lasting benefits for you as well as the person you are giving to? Here are five ways you can change your life, when you choose to make a difference in someone else’s.
1. Giving affects us physically
Research has shown that the simple act of giving can change the physiology in your body for the better. Triggering the pleasure centre of your brain, giving causes endorphins and the hormone oxytocin to be released into your blood stream helping you to feel less stressed by lowering your cortisone levels and more happy.
2. It puts life into perspective
Did you know more than 1 billion people lack adequate access to clean drinking water and an estimated 400 million of these are children? Or that 1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty according to UNICEF? When we start to focus more on the suffering and needs of others, It helps put our problems and life into perspective.
3. It fosters gratitude
When we give we are reminded of how fortunate we are. How often do we take for granted the water out of our taps, the light that comes on with the flick of a switch, the clothes in our cupboard, the bed we sleep in and the air conditioning we turn on when we are hot or cold?
It can be so easy to get caught up in our every day lives and challenges that we forget how much better off we are than most of the population. The truth is if you have food in our fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in you are better off than 75% of the world’s population.
Being grateful for what you have breeds happiness and contentment, it can also create a yearning to give more because you realise how blessed you really are.
4. You feel joyful
You’ve experienced it haven’t you, the joy of giving to someone? Seeing or imagining their face when they get what they really want and need? It fills you with complete and utter joy. The ability to change someone’s day, year or life can be extremely satisfying.
5. It increases social connection
Giving also increases our social connection, by promoting selflessness and equality. We each have a responsibility to help each other, and restore faith in how wonderful humankind can be.
How you choose to give is up to you. It could be giving money or possessions by paying for the groceries of the person behind you, sending money anonymously to a family you know is struggling, donating clothes and items, or giving to a charity whose cause you are passionate about.
Or it could be to giving of your time and talents, like visiting with the elderly, volunteering at a soup kitchen, doorknocking for a cause, cleaning up after a disaster or building a project here or overseas.
Every day you have the power to make a difference, what will you be doing today?