Do you know an everyday hero? Someone who, out of the kindness of their heart just wants to make someone else’s life better? I want to know who they are too so I can shine a light on their goodness. Write to me in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what they are doing in their community.
I’ve always been one for a morning and evening beauty routine. I’ve said time and time again that the one thing I have never let slide since becoming a mother is time for ‘getting ready’ in the morning. I have always found a way – even if that means piling the kids into the bathroom for a sometimes ‘colourful’ half an hour, I have stuck to my guns and never missed a morning. To me, it’s important to start my day feeling good, and, showering, moisturising, doing my hair and putting on my face, is the best start to a productive day. I know it sounds so simple, but it’s one of those things that boosts my happiness! Body moisturising is one thing I will never go without. It’s a step in my routine that I know my skin thanks me for – here’s why I’m doing it and you should too! Read More
I came across Teff Tribe when I was invited to a dinner to launch the product. I attended, ate myself into oblivion, discovered an awesome new healthy substitute to rice (can I get an amen?) and met the people behind the brand whose ethos is small things matter. That every little bit we do help someone else, matters. Needless to say, they had me at hello. Read More
Welcome to the ‘Giving Back’ section of my blog, it’s a destination for me to shine a light on the brands, business and individuals who are doing their part to give back to others. No matter how big or small, it all counts. Every last piece of generosity will count for some change.
Christmas is almost here, and we all know and love the feeling of giving and receiving gifts. But what if you could give a gift that also gives back?
Last year Guy and I started The Sebastian Foundation and our mission is to help families in need. This year, our annual Carols in the City event announced that MYER has come on board as our sponsor, which we couldn’t be happier about! Guy and I visited MYER in Pitt Street Mall to make the announcement where Guy put on a wonderful show for all the lovely people who came out. We welcome anybody who would love to come and join the MYER Carols in the City presented by the Sebastian Foundation on the 14th of December 2014. Tickets from Ticketek.
Last weekend we had the pleasure of revealing an exciting project The Sebastian Foundation has been working on over the past 6 months – a brand new playground for the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre in the Blue Mountains.
As we all know, the Blue Mountains suffered terribly over the past year because of the bush fires that hit in October 2013. As a result, 186 homes were lost in the Winmalee, Yellow Rock and Springwood area. On the day of the fires and for the weeks following it sent the community into a 10 day long battle of fear, anxiety, disruption, impaired sleep and total physical exhaustion.
Thankfully, the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre (WNC) began its support of the families and residents in their community as soon as the fires hit and kept their doors open continuously for 8 weeks straight organising clothes, food, toiletries,, linen and practical items. The centre became and continues to be a place of refuge for all those affected.
The Manager (or Angel of Winmalee – as the residences refer to her as) of the (WNC), Morna Colbran, has spent tireless and countless amounts of hours at the centre, making it a place where the community can find counselling and any other life needs they may have. She is a hard worker and given up so much of herself to make provide happiness for others. We thought it was only fitting to honour this wonderful woman and name the playground ‘Morna’s Playground’ after her.
We at The Sebastian Foundation saw a need at the centre, a bare yard with nowhere for the children to go an be entertained while their parents were seeking help and counselling. Having our own children, Guy and I know the importance of having a place for them to run in the sunshine, exert energy and have fun. We thought, what better way to inject some fun and brightness into the families of this community than to build a playground for them to enjoy. This is a central place for families to come and the centre plays such an integral role in the lives of so many.
We are honoured to be a part of such a beautiful initiative and are so grateful to the donations of the public to our foundation which has enabled us to build this playground.
Our reveal on Saturday was an amazing day! We had our fantastic ambassador Sam Moran come and sing a few songs followed by the lovely Guy Sebastian who belted out a few tunes too. It was so great to have so many smiling faces come to say hello and to support the foundation. The best and most rewarding part of the day was seeing all the kids playing on the playground and the adults enjoying the parents retreat. The sun was shining and it was so fun meeting everyone who came out for the day!
Once again – it is because of the generosity of everyone who donates to The Sebastian Foundation that allows us to help families and communities like this. We are forever grateful for all the support. If you would like to make a donation so we can continue to help families please head to www.thesebastianfoundation.org
It is my great honour to be one of the ambassador’s for World Vision and last year I was able to visit Sri Lanka in a very special trip to see the wonderful work that they do overseas. Needless to say I came back more determined do my part to help those in need. See some pictures of the beautiful people of Sri Lanka and my experience with them. Read More