OUR COMMUNITY

BIRDBLACK DESIGN PARTNERING WITH THE WIDER COMMUNITY
WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING

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. Birdblack Design works around the clock and spare time is a rare commodity. So what else can I give I thought to myself? Given that Birdblack is now very successful I think that giving part of our profits back into the community is the best solution. 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.

LOCAL COMMUNITY

Wollongong Lions Australian Football Club

We are proud sponsor of our local Aussie Rules club which we've been involved in since moving to Wollongong. 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 juniors teams. Let's hope for another premiership this year!

WIDER WORLD

RESCUE & RESTORATION

$50 from design sign-up goes towards the Destiny Rescue mission. If you’ve read the ‘About Me’ section then you’ll know that this is by far one of the most important issues in the world today. I wholeheartedly believe that every woman, man and child on this earth has the right to freedom, free from oppression, free from slavery and a life free from the sex trade.​
“Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labour and sex trafficking. As the world's fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe.Every 30 seconds, someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery.

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labour against their will”.​

Destiny Rescue’s solution to this problem is:​

PREVENTION
We work to stop individuals from becoming victims of human trafficking by providing awareness, education to the next generation, and interrupting the demand.

​PROTECTION
We protect survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe environment and by running restoration programs in our aftercare facilities.​

PROSECUTION
We work to prosecute traffickers, provide survivors with legal counsel, and strengthen the legal response to human trafficking.​PARTNERSHIPSWe aim to partner with fundraising supporters, governmental agencies, and community members to see injustice abolished.​ 

www.destinyrescue.org/aus

EDUCATION

Education is the key to turning the tide on poverty. In 2005, I took my first trip to Sri Lanka as part of a disaster relief team shortly after the 2004 tsunami which claimed the life of 30,195 lives. 
Sri Lanka stole my heart and in 2015 with husband in tow, we journeyed back. On this particular trip we met an amazing husband and wife team that are selflessly changing lives. They have opened up numerous Montessori pre-schools for children that otherwise could not afford education.

What they found was that children from poorer socio-economic backgrounds were dropping out of school by year 2 never to return again. The Montessori schools provide free education so that children can learn the basics in spelling and numeracy before heading to official school ensuring they start on an even playing field. Birdblack Design provides a monthly donation towards funding the Montessori programs.

SPONSORSHIPS

Along with education there are many other needs that people in extreme poverty experience. Compassion is a wonderful charity who provide 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 are the proud sponsors of two wonderful young girls, Tikeshwari from India and Jayasooriya from Sri Lanka. 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
 

www.compassion.com.au