All posts filed under: Non-Profit

Hope amidst the heartache of Ebola

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA—While the Ebola crisis sweeping through West Africa is easy to ignore, a Brisbane woman has refused to turn a blind eye. She has started a charity for an orphanage in Sierra Leone that will bring hope to innocent orphans who have become the tragic fallout of the deadly virus. Jane Shakespeare is a feminine, blonde, slim, yoga-loving graphic designer, wife of IT consultant Jeremy and doting mum to 13-year-old Harry. The family lives in a comfortable, tree-lined suburb of Brisbane with their lovable pooch, Holmes and enjoy all the comforts hard work in their adopted country of Australia has brought. The family moved from England in 2007 for Jeremy to take up a new job with his company and the family fell in love with the sun-drenched beaches of Australia and the friendly, laid back lifestyle of Brisbane. The contrast between life in West Africa’s Sierra Leone and this lush little pocket of Brisbane is extreme. Yet Jane maintains a soul tie with this war-torn and more recently, Ebola-ravaged country. Inexplicably, it was …

Preemptive Love

Healing Hearts in the Midst of Horror

IRAQ―Preemptive Love Coalition provides lifesaving heart surgeries for Iraqi children in pursuit of peace between communities at odds. By training locals, they are committed to giving Iraqi doctors the tools and expertise they need to serve their own children. This is about dignity over dependence, hope over handouts. For years now, Iraqis have been trained to believe help comes from outside the country, but Preemptive Love is committed to making Iraqis the ultimate heroes as they become the solution their children so desperately need. Journonews caught up with Preemptive Love Coalition’s Communication Director, Matthew Willingham, currently  in Iraq. How did you personally become involved in Preemptive Love Coalition? I followed their work while in college and admired their ethos and approach to caring for people. I also admired their desire to work where few others were willing to go, so my wife and I visited in 2010 and moved to Iraq shortly thereafter. What are the biggest challenges facing Preemptive Love Coalition right now? Working in Iraq is a pretty big challenge in-and-of-itself, even when extremist …

Australian Ultra Cycle Event supporting underprivileged Kenyan children

Calling intrepid cyclists! The Grand Tour of Hope 2013 charity cycling event leaves Brisbane’s Rocks River Park for Crow’s Nest on a challenging 600km route on May 24, 2013 with cyclists returning to Brisbane on May 27, 2013. While the event attracts experienced cyclists, it’s not all about endurance. The aim is to raise much needed funds for orphaned or heavily disadvantaged children in Kenya. In the past three years, a total of $180,000 has been raised from proceeds from the Grand Tour and its sister event, the family-friendly Tour of Hope held in September. The Grand Tour is limited to 30 entrants and the $500 entry fee includes a cycling jersey, accommodation, meals, transport and the support of a full crew during the four-day event.  While there is a basic entry fee, participants are also encouraged to attempt a fund raising target of $1,000. Ten acres of prime land bordering Lake Victoria in Western Kenya has already been purchased with funds from both Tour of Hope events in the past three years. The land …