Words from Sarah Nolen, Owner and Founder of BIRDBLACK DESIGN
I’m so grateful to be living in the beautiful city of Wollongong which has given BIRDBLACK DESIGN the opportunity to flourish. As much as I’d love to be able to physically help in multiple areas, time just doesn’t allow me to do so. Like most people, between work, health and sports, relationships and extracurricular activities, spare time is often a rare commodity.
So whilst time may be restricted, I had to decide what else I could offer, and I came to the conclusion that I certainly have the opportunity to financially give into the community... paying it forward, so to speak. Of course I am still a very active member in my community, but I found that regularly giving finance is the best solution when my free time is sporadic.
Below we have compiled a group of charities who are held close to our heart. Each selection has been made based on the great work they do. Here at BIRDBLACK DESIGN, we are partnering with each of them to see change and growth in the lives of people both locally and internationally.
Wollongong Lions Australian Football Club
BIRDBLACK DESIGN is the proud sponsor of our local Aussie Rules club. We’ve been involved with the Lions since moving to Wollongong in 2014. This club is one of the longest standing in the region and the club has a tremendous culture about it. We spend most of our Saturdays cheering on the teams. The Lions have both senior men’s, women’s and junior’s teams. Let's hope for another premiership this year!
SHINE & STRENGTH PROGRAMS
These are two programs very close to my heart. Both programs are run throughout schools and community centres within the Illawarra. I was fortunate to lead a group for two years working with refugees predominately from Syria.
These programs focus on building up young women and men through empowerment, teaching them self-worth, strength and love. It runs during the school term, meeting once a week. The growth within the young people is spectacular and I often enjoy reflecting on their progress from the first lesson through to the end of the program. If anyone is interested in getting involved in these programs in our community, please reach out, as I’d love to connect you with contacts. I find it overwhelmingly rewarding and I have personally grown as a human because of the young women I have met in these programs.
We financially support these programs on a monthly basis.
Along with education, there are many other needs that people in extreme poverty experience. Compassion is a wonderful charity that provides sponsorships to children all around the world.
What I love about Compassion is their holistic approach: the finances received not only go to benefit a single child but they benefit the entire town or village that child lives in, providing their wider family with medical aid, education and equipment required for farming and nutrition in the way of food, supplies and clean drinking water.
BIRDBLACK DESIGN is the proud sponsor of two wonderful young girls from Sri Lanka and a young boy in Thailand who we partner in sponsoring with Gateway City Church. We believe they have the potential to do anything they wish. If our partnering with them can help open the door to a better life for themselves and their families, we are so proud to be on board.
“Why girls? Because when you educate a girl, you educate a nation”
- African Proverb