My Morning Tea for IGA Purple Bra Day

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

For my ambassador role with Breast Cancer Care WA ‘s IGA Purple Bra Day I thought I would throw a big morning tea for a few of my girlfriends!

This was actually outside of the scope of the ambassador project. They really just wanted me to talk about Purple Bra Day and encourage people to hold an event, I didn’t have to raise any funds or hold my own event. But where’s the fun in that?

Nothing like a bit of walking the talk, right?

Plus you all know how I love to cook and bake!

IGA Purple Bra Day is a fundraising event from 1 May – 23 June and anyone can join in the fun! You can head over to www.PurpleBraDay.com.au to register an event, or make a one-off donation.

Then you simply hold your own event… have a morning tea, a bake sale, a sausage sizzle, organise a dress up day at work, dye your hair purple (or shave it off!), set up a collection jar at your workplace, have a girls night in, or go big and challenge yourself in some way (jump out of a plane?) all in the name of fundraising for a worthy cause.

Here’s my page, tinyurl.com/kcpurplebra.

I’d love some support, any donation will help, big or small! Thank you!

Anyway, that top photo, that was my purple morning tea spread :)

I actually had ham and cheese croissants in the oven, which I forgot to lay out for the photo. And a platter of fruit. Where would I have put everything? Who knows?

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

It was my first time covering strawberries with chocolate.

I had to throw out my first 3 failed attempts (actually I just ate them), but it got easier after a bit of practice.

Tip: They look 300 times better once you place them in a mini cupcake case!

Tip: Spend a bit more to use really good chocolate and they’ll taste amazing.

Tip: Use a bit of coconut oil to keep the chocolate runny and easy to work with.

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

I put together some waffle bites – which were a hit!

I didn’t make the waffles, even though I have an awesome waffle recipe and an awesome deep-pan waffle maker. I bought pre-made waffles from Coles and they tasted surprisingly good, like doughnuts.

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

I made these from scratch! I made them the night before and iced them in the morning.

They were white chocolate cupcakes with purple butter cream icing. They tasted lovely, moist, but boring. Next time I’ll stir through some passionfruit pulp or something.

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

I used all my cute, op-shop found, vintage tea cups and saucers – yay!

This is pretty much the main reason I like to throw girly morning teas: I get to use my eclectic vintage tea sets haha.

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

I also bought these meringue cups, added whip cream and berries.

I had heaps of melted chocolate left over, so I made the little swirl things on top at the last minute.

(I think these were too sweet, not many people ate them and there were a lot left over).

Anyway, most importantly we had a fab time catching up.

A big, BIG thank you to my girlfriends who donated, we managed to raise $200!

Please, please help me reach my fundraising goal, you can donate at: tinyurl.com/kcpurplebra

Thank you so much!

xxx

IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

I’m super excited to share that I am working with Breast Cancer Care WA as an Ambassador for IGA Purple Bra Day!

The scope of the project only included Instagram. So technically, this blog post is “unofficial” and I guess you could say that I’m sharing some “unofficial and behind the scenes” thoughts of the project on my blog – which in itself is an interesting irony.

Anyway, I’ve worked with BCCWA before, back in 2009 (um, 9 years ago!). I remember they were such a lovely bunch of people – warm, caring, inspiring, full of go-getters, full of people who actually stood amongst the front line of breast cancer care and actually helped people in need. I like those kinds of people.

I really admire that this charity is very “hands on”. All the funds go towards practical and personalised support for those affected by breast cancer: specialised breast care nurse support, counselling, transportation to and from medical appointments, practical and financial support and more.

For example, I read about a single mum with two young kids, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, she still had to go to work, go to chemo treatments, still do her grocery shopping and cleaning, make her kids’ lunch, take them to school… she was helped by BCCWA, who organised volunteers and service providers to help her and her family.

Sure, raising funds for breast cancer research is super important, but when someone is in need right now, nothing beats personal and practical support, which also needs to be funded somehow.

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

From left to right, Maya, Myself, Malinda and Christine.

This year, as part of the collaboration, I teamed up with a few other WA influencers for a group photoshoot. I’ve done many photoshoots before, but I’ve always been on the production side of things. I’ve never been IN a group photo like this before. It was heaps of fun. Our photographer Angela Della Rosa did a fantastic job.

The campaign catch phrase was #breastfriends… and by the end of it, I think we were all breast friends indeed!

You see, for the group shots, we had to get RIGHT UP CLOSE to each other. Our noses were almost touching. Our cheeks, boobs, shoulders, arms, hands were all pressed up together and our legs were all entwined haha. And we had to stand there like that for 5 minutes, smiling and giggling on cue. We felt ridiculous. Plus it was super awkward when you hardly knew someone. We spent the whole time in fits of laughter!

And of course, the photographer was spot on and the photos looked great in the end!

IGA Purple Bra Day 2018 Shoot

This is us cracking up about something. No doubt it had something to do with breasts.

IGA Purple Bra Day 2018 Shoot

This is me, always blinking and reseting my smile at the wrong moment!

IGA Purple Bra Day 2018 Shoot

And this is the studio floor! We completely trashed the place!

I took a sneaky pic of one of the BCCWA’s staff on babysitting duty, high-fiving one of the kids – so cute!

BCCWA IGA Purple Bra Day 2018

This was my solo photo! The photographer took heaps of variations, but I chose this one to be published.

I look a bit awkward and small, all squished up in semi-foetal position, buuuut I think it’s a cute photo and it shows off my Purple Bra and Purple Boots, which is what the whole campaign is all about!

So what’s this Purple Bra Day thing?

It is a fundraising event from 1 May – 23 June, where you can head over to www.PurpleBraDay.com.au to register an event, or make a one-off donation.

You can hold your own event: have a morning tea, hold a bake sale, a sausage sizzle, organise a dress up day at work, dye your hair purple (or shave it off!), set up a collection jar at your workplace, have a girls night in, or go big and challenge yourself (jump out of a plane?) all in the name of fundraising for a worthy cause.

I’ve set up my page at tinyurl.com/kcpurplebra so you can donate through my event if you like!

Please help! Thank you so much!

xxx

Helping Asylum Seekers with CARAD’s Food Bank

I first heard about the Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD) last year, while being involved with a philanthropic group, Impact100 WA.

I was very moved by the work they do, and I put my hand up to help. I also attended one of their Volunteer Information Sessions to find out more about the organisation and how I could help… and I was hooked!

They sounded like an amazing group, doing super-amazing things that really helped people in need.

I had already donated money. But I wanted to help in a practical way.

I found out that their Food Bank Program was a great and positive way to help asylum seekers in our coummunity.

So I thought I’d share it with everyone!

CARAD Food Bank Program

This is CARAD Headquarters, 245 Stirling Street in Perth.

They are an independent, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to providing specialised welfare and advocacy assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and detainees in Western Australia.

Many of CARAD’s clients do not have the right to work and are ineligible for financial support. Some have to wait months or years until they become eligible.

So the CARAD team runs Case Management Programs (Foodbank, Emergency Relief Services, Accommodation Assistance and No Interest Loans) which provide basic needs for asylum seekers experiencing financial hardship, with little or no income.

CARAD Food Bank Program

The Food Bank Program runs twice a week, at an allocated time, where registered CARAD clients (asylum seekers) can access fresh fruit and vegetables, pantry items, and items such as nappies and blankets.

It helps them with their weekly groceries and supplements their limited weekly budgets.

I popped into CARAD to see how it all works.

The Food Rescue truck arrived early, with boxes of donated fresh produce.

CARAD Food Bank Program

The CARAD Office exploded into action and activity!

Volunteers helped to unpack the truck and laid out the produce for the clients.

CARAD Food Bank Program

A volunteer picked up some bread, kindly donated by Loafers Artisan Bread.

They looked so good!

CARAD Food Bank Program

The pantry was all ready for CARAD clients to access (after having been pre-stocked by more volunteers).

Interestingly, they don’t put together “Food Relief Boxes” or “Pre-Assembled Hampers”.

They find that allowing the clients to choose and take what they need, much like in a shop, is a far more dignifying and practical way to support them.

CARAD Food Bank Program

Also, I was surprised to discover that all the pantry items stocked here are from personal donations.

They are not from supermarkets, not bulk delivered, and they do not come from other collection organisations (such as Food Rescue). They come from everyday people like me!

They don’t have much room in their office, but they make it all fit. Most of the time, donated items come in and go out the same day. And they are ALWAYS looking for those high demand items.

 

CARAD have an excellent WAYS TO DONATE page on their website.

Here are some ways:

1) Financial Donation. You can donate online, simply follow the links from this page.

2) Donate items to their Food Bank Program. CARAD have a list of all the items they need, highlighting some of the more urgent items that are low in stock – this list is constantly updated! So check in regularly.

All donations can be delivered to the office, 245 Stirling Street, Perth, Monday to Friday between 9am – 4pm.

3) Gift Vouchers. Buy a $20, $50 or $100 gift card voucher next time you are in Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, BigW or Target. These are a really helpful resource for the clients, allowing choice in what they purchase.

If you can’t drive over to the CARAD office to deliver it, pop it into an envelope and snail mail it (245 Stirling Street, Perth 6000)!

4) Online Shopping Delivery. Gosh how easy is this? Put together an online order and have it delivered straight to their office! Online shop orders can be delivered to CARAD (245 Stirling Street, Perth 6000) from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm.

5) Give your time. If you’re keen to volunteer head over to this page to find out how to become a volunteer.

CARAD Food Bank Program

This is my contribution for today! I couldn’t visit empty handed :)

I looked up their list of low stock items here and bought a few items during my weekly grocery shop. This box was about $50 worth of stuff. It was all too easy.

My kids wondered why I was buying all the extra bits and pieces, and I told them. It was a great conversation starter and a great way to get kids involved with giving, being educated and doing something practical for others.

Anyway, I hope this has inspired you in some way, or opened your eyes, or even just educated you a little (my little visit was very educational!)… and show you that anyone can help in a small way to make a positive impact on the community.

A big thank you to the CARAD staff for letting me poke around their office!

Volunteering for Cancer Research

So, you all know how I love to mix things up in life …?

Well this is how I spent my weekend – in a frog suit, being a volunteer for a fundraising event for cancer research haha!

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

Back in 2012 and 2013, I participated in The Ride To Conquer Cancer, cycling 200km over two days.

It’s a pretty big and amazing event, with each year raising about $4 million – $5 million.

The event has a special place in my heart, so every year I make an effort to volunteer to support the event.

You can see all my blog posts about it here.

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

I hooked up with my old team and we all dressed up in onesies.

They hired a couple of Mini Mokes (which look like jeeps), decorated them with streamers, installed an epic sound system and we drove around to cheer and help the participants.

I found all my volunteer gear from the previous years – even my big cat eye sunglasses.

We were on our feet from 5am and we were on the job for about 10 hours each day.

It was absolutely exhausting, but not as bad as cycling 200kms and definitely not as bad as going through chemo.

This was me, sitting in the backseat, next to Captain America, travelling at 40km with the wind in my hair.

Ride To Conquer Cancer 2017 - Volunteering

(There were 8 of us in total, but I can’t find a pic of all of us.)

Pretty much everyone I met, a cyclist or volunteer, had a story about having lost a mum, dad, husband, wife, sister, brother or child to cancer. Yep, it was pretty sobering. But everyone was in this together, with one resolve, giving 110%. It was the best feeling ever.

This year there were 855 riders and we raised $4.1 million!

If you’re keen to participate for next year, here’s the link to the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer site.

There’s also a similar event in Melbourne and Brisbane too.

Getting Started in Philanthropy

Impact100 WA

Hi everyone!

This year I’ve embarked on a new project. It’s a personal endeavour, rather than a blog sponsorship.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I really want to give back. Not just with money, but with energy and time too.

I didn’t want it to take over my life. Because my life is pretty busy already, with me juggling motherhood, a freelance business, working from home and on-going home renovations.

Basically I wanted a new project with a bit more meaning and purpose; something that makes the world a better place; something that allows me to be helpful and effective to make a small difference, using my skills, time, energy and brains.

I guess you can say I’ve embraced philanthropy.

What does that even mean?!

How does one even do something like that?

I’ve discovered that it’s not as scary (or time consuming) as it sounds.

Earlier this year I joined a group called Impact100 WA. It is a West Australian philanthropic giving group, donating high impact $100K grants to not-for-profits to make a difference in the local community.

The concept is pretty simple. There are 100 members, each member donates $1000, which becomes a $100K grant. Not-for-profit organisations send in their applications. There is a rigorous assessment process to select the Top 10 applications, then there is another round of assessments to choose the Final 5. At the end of the year, all the memebers come together to vote where the money goes.

We have been running for 6 years now. Our membership has grown and in the last few years and we have given away TWO $100K grants and lots of minor grants of at least $5,000 each.

As a member you can be as active and hands on as you like. You can simply donate the money and then vote at the end of the year; or you can get your hands dirty, join a committee, volunteer to be part of the assessment process, get to know the charities they’ve supported in the past, volunteer for winning charities, meet some likeminded and inspiring people in your local community and more.

For me, I wanted to get my hands dirty!

I volunteered to be on a committee – so I’ve been busy busy busy.

It has been truly rewarding.

I have gotten to know some pretty amazing charities and not-for-profits in WA.

I hear about what they do, who they help, how they help, how they’ve used the little resources they have to do what they do… and I am floored. I get teary every time. I am humbled and deeply proud that I am somehow connected to these people. I am filled with inspiration, meaning and an urge to help.

Impact100 WA, with Nicola Forrest

I’ve also met our lovely patron, Nicola Forrest, CEO of Minderoo Foundation, who is fantastically inspiring and full of great stories and practical advice on how to impart the culture of giving to future generations.

Anyway, tomorrow night is the night we vote for our TWO winners!

At the moment we have 5 finalists. They and their proposed projects all sound pretty amazing. I have my eye on my favourite – the charity that moves me the most. You can read about them here.

I hope to be sharing a bit about all of these not-for-profits on my blog over the next few months. And I plan to do some volunteering for them too.

If you’re keen to join us for next year, in whatever capacity, it’s pretty easy.

Head over to their website to find out more!

And follow us on our Facebook page to keep in touch!