It's that crazy time of the year when we are all focused on what presents to buy loved ones, our Christmas grocery list, getting a car park at the local shopping centre and one that relates to us Aussies 'keeping cool', especially with the current heatwaves hitting the east coast of Australia. That aside, it is a special time of year where we acknowledge our families, friends and all the good in our lives.
Whilst so many of us are blessed with good food on our tables, family and opportunity we make up a small proportion of the world's population who sadly go without many basic needs such as clean water, food, shelter, peace, education and often family. This message is not about our haves and have nots, it's about gratitude and being thankful to the many people who, over the last 12 months have supported our small organisation and helped some of the communities in Nepal who do go without the basic needs we take for granted.
2017 has been an amazing year for The Umbrella Foundation Australia! Our small organisation which started out in 2013 with the focus of supporting the work of The Umbrella Foundation Nepal has now grown. Whilst we still support Umbrella Nepal through sponsorship we have expanded to independent projects which have in 2017 seen the completion of 2 levels (8 classrooms) of our post earthquake school rebuild (one level to go which is unfinished & dangerous), a registered Day's For Girls Enterprise team and next year an exciting program which will be assisting children who are currently working in slavery..... watch this space!
Our big news for 2017 is achieving our DGR registration which means all donations over $2 are now tax deductable!
Other happenings over the year have included our fundraising events, be that small get togethers, meditation at the Blackbird Artisan Café with Andrew Hughes & Carolyn Scott, raffles and our major gala event in October, 'An Evening of Gatsby'. None of this would happen without the many people, organisations such as Rotary, CWA Australia and sponsors behind the scenes who organise and generously donate to us. Our priority is that 100% of donated funds go to the programs for which they are promised and we have achieved!
The people who have purchased bricks to build our school, the small business owners who donated prizes, the people who willingly give their time for free to share their skills and passions THANK YOU!
Last but not least our board & committee members; Tracey Elliott, Geraldine Allen, Bridie Scott, Desley Pfeffer, Carolin Mackaway, Daniel Honan & Gavin Vickers, it's because of you that our small organisation keeps getting bigger, better and has the capacity to help more needy communities. THANK YOU!
Wishing all our TUFA friends, families and supporters in Australia, Nepal and elsewhere in the world, a wonderful Christmas season full of love and happiness.......thank you for a great 2017!
Linda Harwood - Chairperson
The Umbrella Foundation Australia