Hi there,

When I’m not writing, I work as the Business Development officer with Feed the Children Australia (FTCA). This is both a rewarding and, at times, challenging job. Not because of the pain and suffering you see when you go to help but because many people are all too willing to close their eyes and pretend that Australia doesn’t have a problem with nutrition.

This is despite reports of up to 30% of children going to school without breakfast. And that is across the whole country. In some rural areas or in the lower socio-economic regions, the figures are truly frightening.

As a relatively new organisation within Australia (Feed the Children has been operating for more than 30 years internationally) , finding traction amongst the huge number of people trying to help society continue to function is something we have worked hard to do.  FTCA is a great believer in partnerships and working with local communities to deliver local solutions.

It is a truism that charity and community organisations are an essential part of ensuring our society functions.

One of the unforeseen consequences of the GFC is that many people are no longer prepared or able to donate money. They are willing to give time and goods but the cold, hard cash is drying up unless you are one of the big five charities.

Which is a shame because all the other community groups still need to pay the rent. Insurance companies don’t accept goods in kind and the bank wasn’t supporting a barter system last time I looked.

So this is a plea for people to help support our Winter Appeal (http://www.gofundraise.com.au/FRPView.aspx?fid=59561). This link takes you to a special page designed to track how much we have received in donations to date.

To find out more about FTCA and what we do visit our website, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (see the links below). If you have great ideas on getting the message out there, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or leave a comment. I’ll be posting about donation and fundraising ideas and opportunities here as well as my writing.

A big thank you to everyone and anyone who does support either FTCA or one of the many worthwhile community groups in Australia. I’ll try not to preach too much while I’m here.