Interview with Peter and Amanda from Shalom
This month I interviewed Peter and Amanda Lyndon-James, who run Shalom House, a drug rehab that is transforming lives in the Swan Valley. Amanda is a horticulturist who was raised on a farm in Wongan Hills. Peter, a ward of the State from age nine, spent his childhood locked up or on the streets. Pete became a drug addict and dealer, spending time in every WA jail. Peter’s life has completely changed and this year he won the West Australian of the Year Award […]
6 Ways to Help the Homeless in Perth
Last night I had the honour of performing my original songs at the Sleep Out Under the Stars event. It was a fundraiser for St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, who help the homeless in Perth by providing food and other services. The goal was to raise $10,000. It was a beautiful evening of likeminded souls gathering together to make a difference. We were entertained all evening with an outdoor concert in the stunning courtyard at Notre Dame University.
How Do You Get Involved with a Charity?
How do you get involved with a charity you can trust? Someone I know has always insisted that all charities are scammers. I’ve heard other people say they don’t trust charities. These are excuses people use so they can justify not being generous!! People who work for charities are amazing. They have chosen to work for a cause with a lot less pay than if they were working somewhere else. It’s basically a business, for example like a bank, but instead […]
How to Make a Difference in 3 Steps
Is it possible to make a difference in this world? When I first heard about human trafficking, I thought I had to radically change my life, move overseas and home school my kids while my husband busted down doors and rescued people! For some reason, my husband wasn’t keen on the idea! I dwelled upon all my limitations and the things I couldn’t do, and this lead to feeling overwhelmed and months of depression! I knew I needed to do […]
How the $20K Child Rescue Money was Spent in Cambodia
I have been fundraising for a World Vision Child Rescue centre in Cambodia. Around $20,000 was raised through my CDs, and generous businesses- you can read more HERE. Anyway, this World Vision Overseas Experience opportunity came up where I would be able to see where the money went and last month I visited Cambodia! I wondered what Child Rescue would look like? When I arrived in Cambodia, surprisingly there was no Child Rescue centre! I felt a bit worried about where the money went! […]
University Entrance through a Tip School in Cambodia
It’s that time when things get a bit hectic in the lead up to the new school year in Australia! Some of the things whirling around in my mind: the logistics of having four primary school aged kids going to three different schools, buying iPads, wondering if my kindy kid who goes on alternate Wednesdays starts next Wednesday or not, being at home alone for the first time as an adult because my baby will be in kindy, wondering if I’m […]
Christmas for the Homeless in Perth
Last night I was asked to sing for a Christmas dinner for 100 homeless people in the middle of Perth City. I have done some pretty amazing gigs this year but I’d have to say this one tops the list as the most meaningful gig. It was organised by Sim and Jane from Homelessness; We Care- Perth Western Australia, who recruited a team of 60 volunteers to cook and serve dinner to the guests. There was a visit from Mother Santa who handed out […]
Beauty From Ash’s on 96FM Perth
People have been asking me about how I got my daughter Ashleya to be the featured guest on 96FM Perth for a whole week! Well, the truth is, it wasn’t anything to do with me! So the Beauty From Ash’s story starts about a year ago when Ash (10) won $1000 for waving a Weet Bix sign at the cricket and decided to start a natural lip balm business with the prize money, donating $2 from each pot sold to […]
How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids
It’s a bit of an exciting time for my entrepreneurial 10 year old daughter Ashleya. She won $1000 at the cricket for waving a Weet Bix sign and wanted to donate it all to my fundraising, as I was in the process of raising $20K for a World Vision Child Rescue Centre in Cambodia through my music. It was a sweet and generous offer, but I suggested to Ashleya that she give to a cause she was really passionate about.
How to Raise $20K for Charity
We have finally raised $20K for a World Vision Child Rescue Centre in Cambodia to save children from trafficking and slavery through my music! It feels AWESOME! But I I didn’t do it alone. I merely see myself as the coordinator and money collector! Firstly, I have a very supportive husband and wonderful kids! I’m so grateful to all the people who liked and shared my social media posts, who bought tickets to my performances, and bought my CDs. I couldn’t […]