I will be the first to admit that for the most part or to the outside world I had a pretty good lifestyle growing up. We lived in a big house, had a swimming pool, a massive yard, 2 dogs, 4 cats, nice cars and holidays every few months. I was afforded the choice of education that my parents paid entirely for and I participated in a very expensive sport. My parents owned a company in the Oil, Gas and Mining industry that afforded my siblings and I access to certain things that others wouldn’t even have a quarter of. We were very fortunate.
My twenties were spent travelling, buying property, setting up a home, going out, buying lots of things all with my disposable income. Fast forward to 33 when I had my daughter and it all changed. Yes, it may be a cliché when they say children change you, but boy do they change you for the better. One look at my tiny bundle and nothing else seemed important. Over the next few months I found myself becoming really affected by news stories about children. Every time there was something horrible on the news about children my heart would break a little. I couldn’t possibly imagine not giving every opportunity available to my daughter. But, yet everywhere I looked there were girls not even being afforded things like being able to attend school to get an education.
Like a lot of people, I had donated to charities inconsistently and without really thinking about where the funds were going in the past. Another door knocker, sure here’s $5. In 2016, I joined the board of 100 Women. I had heard of 100 Women before, but I didn’t totally know the concept of them. 100 Women’s mission is to ignite women’s philanthropy through the power of collective giving to advance the empowerment of all women and girls. As soon as I heard that I thought wow I feel an instant connection to this organisation and it just resonated.
When I donate to 100 Women my funds are joined together with other members so 100 Women can provide large, high-impact grants to projects and organisations that will benefit both women and girls in our local community and around the world. It makes my heart sing knowing that I am impacting someone’s life and making a real and significant change. There is nothing better than hearing the story of how a 100 Women grant has benefitted and organisation and seeing the outcomes.
We live such fortunate lives, we don’t have to worry about our safety, we have opportunities and choice for education, employment, marriage and children. It can be easy to forget that some women here in Perth, across Australia and around the world, live in fear of abuse, poverty, with barriers to education and employment, and without basic health services.
And it’s for these reasons that I’m so passionate about giving back. I want girls around the world to have the opportunity to be able to realise their dreams just like I will afford my daughter and was afforded to me.
*To find out more about 100 Women and their grants visit their website www.100women.com.au