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

2017-06-28T12:17:18+10:00 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

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

2017-06-16T16:42:44+10:00 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+10:00 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+10:00 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+10:00 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+10:00 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+10:00 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+10:00 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

Mother of severely injured six-year-old facing the prospect of treating son herself.

2017-03-24T03:32:10+10:00 March 24th, 2017|

Toby* was just a typical six-year-old boy from Orange, NSW. The energetic young lad was living the same life as any other six-year-old; running around, kicking a ball, and settling into his first couple of years at school. Then, on a day that started just like any other, disaster struck, and he suffered an accident