About Caroline Meehan

Hi, I'm Caroline Meehan. Just over a year ago I had an idea that might help the families of rural patients in need of somewhere to stay whilst their loved one is being treated in hospital, little did I know that this small idea would grow into a large, not-for-profit charity called Heartfelt Homes. Ironically – and devastatingly – my husband was diagnosed with cancer shortly after I set up Heartfelt Homes. Since then my husband, our two small children and myself have learnt first-hand how frightening, emotional and expensive such an experience can be, as we live in rural NSW. I have now discovered for myself just how essential Heartfelt Homes is. I am very proud of the work we do and very lucky to have a great team of people working for Heartfelt Homes who are as enthusiastic and passionate as I am.

Cancer patient refuses lifesaving treatment because hospital is too far from home

2017-06-28T12:17:18+00:00 June 28th, 2017|

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference.” Kathy Calvin.   Imagine one of your parents has just received a diagnosis for cancer.  Their cancer is rare and the local hospital doesn’t have the capability to provide the complex treatment required. Your mum, dad, grand-parent, or whoever it may be, is referred

There’s no place like home! Exclusive Heartfelt Homes nail polish released by Sienna Byron Bay.

2017-10-26T13:55:58+00:00 June 26th, 2017|

We're proud to announce a collaboration that our ladies have been waiting for! I've been bursting at the seams to let you know of our most recent collaboration, and now I finally can! Our very own home-grown nail parlour, Sienna Byron Bay, has jumped on board as a valuable support of Heartfelt Homes! And how’s

Social workers bridging the gap between Heartfelt Homes and families in need.

2017-06-16T16:42:44+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

When Australian families are going through medical crisis far away from home, it's often the social workers based in the hospitals who’ll recommend Heartfelt Homes to those who need accommodation to stay close to their loved ones. The social workers are an integral cog in the Heartfelt Homes machine, and we couldn’t do what we

Seven children – one of whom is critically injured – and just under 100 km away from the nearest hospital. Where would you turn if you were this desperate mum?

2017-10-26T14:06:58+00:00 June 9th, 2017|

“What’s the difference between Heartfelt Homes and Ronald McDonald House?” I know it sounds like the start of a Christmas bonbon joke, but it’s not. That’s actually one of the most common questions I get asked when I tell anyone about Heartfelt Homes. Ronald McDonald House is an awesome organisation that provides purpose-built accommodation to

Ladies Night – the gift that keeps on giving!

2017-10-26T14:13:05+00:00 May 24th, 2017|

Last weekend, the first prize winner of our Ladies Night raffle held back in October at Shorty‘s in Lennox Head, claimed her epic prize! Michelle Lacey packed her bags and set off with her favourite girls to their luxury weekend away at local award-winning contemporary home, Amileka. Nestled in the stunning northern New South Wales

Nine benefits of volunteering for a non-profit organisation.

2017-10-26T14:15:31+00:00 May 12th, 2017|

This week is National Volunteer Week across Australia. #NVW is an initiative held by Volunteering Australia designed to honour the six million volunteers who selflessly donate their time to help good causes across Australia. Volunteers are the lifeblood of most, if not all, charitable organisations. As the Founder of a busy not-for-profit myself I know

Four ways to make a big difference to a local charity without donating a cent.

2017-10-26T14:16:49+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

Something that I often hear when I’m out and about in the community is that people can no longer afford to donate to charity. There are so many good causes out there, and with each one with making as big an impact as the next; it’s not always practical to give money to everyone who

How supporting a charity will help your business grow.

2017-10-26T14:20:37+00:00 April 19th, 2017|

As a community-minded business owner, there's no doubt that your mailboxes, both physical and electronic, are flooded with requests for support from local charities and good causes. Appeals for financial aid, sponsorship opportunities, and requests for donations of goods and services just keep coming, and it can be hard to know who to say yes

How to become a better listener and support someone through a crisis.

2017-10-26T14:25:07+00:00 April 7th, 2017|

As you probably know by now, in 2013 I lived through the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of the severe illness of my partner and father of my children. Like many other people, I know how much the whole process consumes you. You're exhausted, you're stressed, you're emotionally broken, you're scared, yet you have to stay