We are delighted to support a special women’s charity this month called The Esther Foundation founded by an amazing woman Patricia Lavater.
The Esther Foundation facilitates an extensive and award winning residential young women’s health, development and leadership program through ten residential premises, housing more than forty five women and their children.
Their program is full-time and offers intensive support and assistance to young women in a safe and structured environment.
The broadly structured program facilitates specific group and individual counselling for many issues and concerns faced by many young women including, domestic violence, mental health, eating disorders, family breakdown and depression.
Their program offers so many amazing support mechanisms including extensive life skills training, independent living classes like budgeting, cooking, cleaning, a range of therapy treatments and many more, all run from a safe and structured residential environment.
Imagine if these women were shown more kindness throughout their lives, they may not be a need for the these programs. Let’s show them that kindness does exist and share your kindness stories today. Every story is worth a donation to The Esther Foundation.
We are thrilled to support Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation this month, as this charity helps to save lives through the awareness of organ and tissue donation.
Zaidee Turner – aged 7 years and 22 days died suddenly on 2nd December 2004 from a burst blood vessel in her brain called a Cerebral Aneurism. Zaidee’s parents, Kim and Allan, founded Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation not long after.
At the time of Zaidee’s death, the Turner family had been registered Organ and Tissue Donors for 5 years. As a result Zaidee donated her Organs and Tissues at the Royal Children’s Hospital, as were her wishes at the time. From this gift, the lives of 7 people (6 children and 1 adult) were improved and, in some cases, saved. Truly amazing!!
Zaidee’s Story is directed towards both children and adults so they can think about others who are waiting for a life saving operation and a suitable match for an organ or tissue.
Look at this unbelievable stat – In 2004 130,000 Australians died. Only 218 were Organ Donors.
The Aims of the Foundation
Their first aim is to make organ and tissue donation awareness more prevalent in the community and greatly improve the donation rate every year. By informing parents of the importance of discussing these issues with their children should they ever be placed in the same situation as they were, with Zaidee’s sudden death.
One in five Australians on the transplant waiting list die before they get a chance to receive a transplant.
Currently there are between 1700 to 2000 people waiting to get that important call from the hospital once they have found a donor for their transplant.
Their aim is to sell Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces around the nation as an awareness campaign. Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces cost $2.00 a pair and are sold in two sizes; 110cm and 140cm. To reflect the community support they ask Children, Mums, Dads, Sisters and Brothers to purchase a pair of laces and wear them in memory of Zaidee and support Organ and Tissue Awareness.
Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation aims to increase organ and tissue donation nationally via Zaidee’s Rainbow Shoelaces as the national symbol for this subject.
A final thought – if a 7 years old girl can be a donor anyone can. To find out more about this amazing charity – please visit Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation. To help this charity receive a donation from our generous business partner RedBalloon, we need to reach 40 stories so please share your kindness story here! Every story is worth $1 also. Thank you so much.
I am particularly excited about this month’s featured charity – The Flower Project Foundation because it’s based on the same principles as Ways to Amaze – sharing kindness. The Flower Project Foundation is a unique community kindness charity created by Clinical Psychologist Shannon Yeardley to bring appreciation, kindness and an emotional boost to people in the community who may be isolated or in need of sunshine. The Foundation has grown in it’s first year from just one person to over 100 volunteers delivering “bouquets of caring” to very special recipients in the community and is almost entirely volunteer run.
Volunteers create and deliver a “bouquet of caring” to recipients nominated by the community. Their recipients might be in a caring role, they may be elderly and isolated or perhaps overcoming very difficult life circumstances. The Flower Project Foundation also recognises true “community gems” who work hard to make life better for others perhaps by volunteering long term or caring for others despite their own life challenges. Flower Project Foundation “bouquets of caring” are gifted to recipients due to support from donations and proceeds from their flower workshops which are open to the public and run from their workshop space at Red Hill, QLD.
The Foundation is also linking with businesses large and small who choose to gift a recipient bouquet from their business on behalf of each of their staff members and become part of the Flower Project Foundation community. Each tax deductible donation of $30 will help bring sunshine to a recipient who really needs a boost in the form of a volunteer delivered “bouquet of caring”.
To learn more and to see the project in action visit www.theflowerproject.org.au. We would love to help them as much as we can so please share your stories here and $1 will go to this amazing charity for each kindness story shared. Thank you.