Have you ever looked at the world around you and wished there was something you could do to help?
I did, and I still do quite regularly. I stumbled upon some beanbags whilst on holidays in Bali back in late 2011, I sat down and tried them out… I was sold! I decided there and then that I was bringing some home.
I got chatting to one of the beanbag sellers, there was only a couple of shops back then selling beanbags in Bali, and I realised that I could get beanbags made, import them into Australia and sell them in Australia, not to line my own pockets, but to use the money I made through selling beanbags to support charities and causes that were close to my heart.
I support organisations that feed the hungry, protect the vulnerable, and inspire those who are struggling to keep going & equipping them to be the best they can be. You can see more of the organisations I support below.
Each and every customer helps me to make a difference in the world around us.
Would you like to help me feed, protect and uplift those who need it?
Who do we support?
Temperance Town Aftercare is an after school care program to care for and feed the children that would otherwise be roaming the streets and/or subjected to abuse in the home situation by their own parents, neighbors or other care givers. I have had the opportunity visit the Temperance Town Aftercare, located in Cape Town South Africa, yearly for the last 3 years, with the last trip in September 2015. We have been able to attend the after care program and spend time with the people running the program and of course, spend lots of time loving the children that attend the program.
OLIA is run by Missionaries Jung and Helen Lee, working in the very poor townships in Cape Town. Khayelitsha is one of the poorest areas in Cape Town and with that comes very high crime rates. Jung and Helen have a number of programs they run in the townships which are powerful and starting a culture shift in these townships. More about OLIA can be found on their website.
Balinese people – by purchasing the beanbags from a business in Bali, we are supporting local employees with paying their rent and buying food for their families to eat. I have developed a soft spot for the Balinese people after striking up many conversations with them during my travels. It was extremely confronting to find that the ladies in the salons receive very little pay per customer they serve – and if they have no customers they get no pay for the day. Many Balinese have to live in the main towns to work, often leaving their children and husband/wife back home in the village with their family just so they can send money home so they can eat. So, whilst I can source my products cheaper in China or even mainland Indonesia, I have made a point of ensuring that I support the local economy and employees in Bali.
i60 Community Services is non-profit organisation that exists to bring light into every phase of the journey of life through a range of ground-breaking community service programs and initiatives. They are based in the northern coastal suburbs of Perth, with the hub in Merriwa and servicing the surrounding community. More about i60 Community Services can be found on their website.
“You shall give to him freely without begrudging it; because of this the Lord will bless you in all your work and in all you undertake. For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hands to your brother, to your needy, and to your poor in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:10-11