The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-01-28T03:36:43Z Solo Female Travellers Hit The Road 2016-01-28T03:36:43Z solo-female-travellers-hit-the-road Forget the grey nomads, research is showing that female solo travellers are a growing market for the motorhome industry. Recent research compiled by Trip Advisor revealed that up to 81% of Australian women surveyed were planning to travel solo in 2015. Matt Sears, Managing Director of AW RV World advised his dealership had definitely experienced an increase in female buyers over the past 24 months. “It’s been an interesting trend to watch unfold actually.  Traditionally we have always marketed to retirees and grey nomads but solo female travellers are definitely a solid market for us also now. “Australian women are amazingly independent and they love the freedom and practicality that motorhomes can offer.  “A motorhome allows the solo lady to easily transport her vehicle without any hassles of towing, they can easily jump in the drivers seat and head away if they want a change of scene but have all the modern conveniences of a home such as a quality kitchens, bathrooms and fixtures.” Matt advised that hitting the road in a motorhome is also a cheaper way for women to travel in retirement. “Road travel and campsites are much cheaper than plane tickets and hotels, so if you’re planning on spending your retirement travelling, then investing in a motorhome is the way to go.   “While purchasing a new motorhome is an initial investment you will save money in the long run. And if you are a solo traveller considering purchasing a new motorhome, Matt advises to first try before you buy. “If you’re new to the world of RVs it is a good idea to rent before you buy.  This will give you a taste of life on the road and help you workout what you need from a motorhome in terms of layout and features.” AW RV World’s full range of motorhomes for sale and rent can be viewed online at www.awrvworld.com.au.  ----   ENDS ---- About Albury Wodonga RV World: Albury Wodonga RV World is the largest caravan and RV dealership between Melbourne and Sydney. The company offers a range of motorhomes for sale, caravans for sale and campervans for both sale and hire.  The company stocks high quality Australian brands including Sunliner motorhomes, Royal Flair Caravans, A’Van, Golf and Winnebago. For further information regarding the company and their product range, visit www.awrvworld.com.au. Australia's Appetite For Touring Continues 2015-09-22T09:07:33Z australia-s-appetite-for-touring-continues It seems Australians have a love of touring with the nation’s leisure vehicle market booming. Recent research compiled by BDO (from the ABS Motor Vehicle Census) showed there are over 556,848 caravans, motorhomes and leisure vehicles registered in Australia  - a 34% increase since 2008. Matt Sears, Managing Director of AW RV World said this represented a 5% year on year growth for the leisure vehicle industry over the past 6 years. Said Matt, “Those stats are really encouraging for our industry. “We’ve faced some interesting financial times over the past 6 years and I think to have survived that with such consistent growth stands testimony to the Aussie lifestyle and our love of exploring and adventure.” Added Matt, “New caravans and motorhomes for sale at the moment are really sophisticated, offering a whole new level of functionality and comfort. “We’ve really made our mark within the caravan and motorhome industry by stocking quality brands such as Sunliner motorhomes, Royal Flair caravans, A’van, Winnebago and Golf.” And while Matt advises that the average new motorhome for sale can range between $100,000 and $150,000, he suggests there are a wide range of caravans and motorhomes available within a more family friendly price range too. “We find that the higher priced motorhomes for sale are usually snapped up by retirees or travellers aged 55 plus.  “There are still some great family friendly caravans for sale within the $30,000 bracket and under – particularly within the A’van range. “Of course price is only one consideration however.  You really should do your research and make a list prior to starting your search for a new vehicle by outlining the things you will need from your caravan or motorhome. “If you like to cook, the kitchen space and layout will be important.  Where as if you like to head off road, thinks like solar and self-sufficient power will be extremely important. “If in doubt of course, head to a reputable caravan dealership for advice.” AW RV World’s full range of caravans and motorhomes for sale can be viewed online at www.awrvworld.com.au. ----   ENDS ---- About Albury Wodonga RV World: Albury Wodonga RV World is the largest caravan and RV dealership between Melbourne and Sydney and retails Australia wide. The company offers a range of motorhomes for sale, caravans for sale and campervans for both sale and hire.  The company stocks high quality Australian brands including Sunliner motorhomes, Royal Flair Caravans, A’Van, Golf and Winnebago. For further information regarding the company and their product range, visit www.awrvworld.com.au. Hard To Find Gifts This Mother's Day 2014-05-05T02:56:16Z hard-to-find-gifts-this-mother-s-day Forget the toaster kids, it seems modern Mums are seeking personalised and hard to find gifts this Mother’s Day. Joleigh Stapleton, curator of retail website Independent Designer’s Emporium advised that handcrafted and more sentimental gifts were in higher demand this year. “Since the Independent Designers Emporium launched earlier this year, we’ve really noticed a trend for orders that have a personalised touch or are from a limited edition range. “Quality and quirkiness seem to be preferred by Mum’s at the moment rather than the more commonly seen gifts of previous years. “Definitely no toasters or mops for the modern Mum!” Instead Joleigh is advising last minute shoppers to seek out products that Mum will find meaningful. Her top tips include personalised jewellery or products tailored to suit your Mum’s hobbies like gardening or reading. “To me a hard to find gift is one that isn’t commercially or mass produced.  A truly unique and meaningful gift is personal and handpicked to suit your Mum’s interests and personality. For more of Joleigh’s top Mother’s Day gift picks, visit her website www.ideonline.com.au. ----- ENDS ----- About Independent Designers Emporium: Independent Designers Emporium is an Australian shopping platform allowing online shoppers to buy hard to find and unique gifts, homewares, original artworks, jewellery and accessories direct from Australian and international designers. It is the site’s mission to provide a platform for independent designers to showcase their unique product ranges and to encourage Australian shoppers to support the creative industries and foster the creativity of burgeoning designers.   PLATFORM FOR INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS LAUNCHED 2014-02-20T01:09:09Z platform-for-independent-designers-launched Some of the world’s leading independent designers have hit Australian shores this month with the launch of retail platform, Independent Designers Emporium (IDE). The new Australian retail platform will allow online shoppers to buy hard to find and unique gifts, homewares, original artworks, jewellery and accessories direct from the very best Australian and international designers High profile and artists including Fenton Art Design from the UK, Australia’s Retro Print Revivaland artist Lennie Moe have already signed on to sell through the site with more featuredesigners to be unveiled in coming weeks. Aiming to showcase emerging independent designers, the IDE website will enable niche designers to market their businesses as well as retail their products. Website curator, Joleigh Stapleton advised, “Independent designers are the lifeblood of the creative and arts industries and yet it can be very hard for these artists to market their products and sell at a national level and beyond.” “We are really excited by both the quality and diversity of designers that have signed on to our website which features everything from jewellery and accessories to homewares, giftware and art.” To view the profiles and collections of participating designers, visit www.ideoline.com.au. ABOUT INDEPENDENT DESIGNERS EMPORIUM: Independent Designers Emporium is an Australian shopping platform allowing online shoppers to buy hard to find and unique gifts, homewares, original artworks, jewellery and accessories direct from Australian and international designers. It is the site’s mission to provide a platform for independent designers to showcase their unique product ranges and to encourage Australian shoppers to support the creative industries and foster the creativity of burgeoning designers. Former Contestants On The Block Launch Their Own Design Tribe 2014-01-30T04:53:38Z former-contestants-on-the-block-launch-their-own-design-tribe Former contestants on Channel 9’s The Block and well-known design duo, Katrina Chambers and her sister Amie Godde, have this month launched their new interiors forum, Design Tribe.   The website will showcase the very best in Australian interiors and design trends while also providing a platform for other designers and home enthusiasts to share their ideas and participate in creative discussions.   Katrina advised, “This is a fairly unique concept for the Australian design scene. There are some great design bloggers for people to follow now but very few are actually creating a means for interaction – a space for generating ideas and discussion.”   With the ratings season kicking off this week and a plethora of styling and renovation shows about to hit Australian television audiences, Katrina predicts discussion threads on her new site will be abuzz.   “The great thing about home design shows like The Block and Selling Houses Australia is that they generate inspiration, ideas and discussion.    “They also demonstrate to the everyday Australian that a great looking home and unique living spaces are achievable no matter what your style, taste and budget.   “We can’t wait to see what sort of ideas, tips and product finds will be launched through Design Tribe.”   Membership to Katrina and Amie’s Design Tribe is free.  Visit www.designtribe.com.au to sign up to the forum or to see the sister’s latest design tips and trends.   --- ENDS ----   For further information regarding Design Tribe or Katrina and Amie, please contact:   Amanda Munn, Pulse PR P: 07 3103 1322 or 0414 166 357    E: create@pulse-pr.com.au   PULSE PR OFFICIAL FACEBOOK SBP PROVIDER 2013-11-27T02:38:58Z announcement-pulse-pr-official-facebook-sbp-provider Pulse PR has today announced their acceptance into the Facebook Small Business Agency Program. The educational program aims to assist small businesses with improving their understanding and use of Facebook’s marketing tools. Pulse PR Director, Amanda Munn, advised the program promised great benefits to clients. “We have seen more and more of our small business clients turning to social media as a means for marketing their business and building brand awareness. “We know though, that simply from a lack of understanding and demonstration, many of these businesses aren’t using the Facebook platform to engage with their audiences as effectively as they could be.” “It’s great to see the likes of social media giants such as Facebook acknowledging the importance of small business and importantly, providing business owners with the tools they need to better use Facebook resources.” The program will see Pulse PR small business clients eligible for advertising offers as well as cheat sheets and education tools for focusing on generating income from ad products and sponsored stories.   Be A Smart Shopper This Christmas 2013-10-18T01:41:47Z be-a-smart-shopper-this-christmas With the Christmas season looming large, shoppers are being encouraged to buy online to save money and reduce their stress levels.Peak Performance Strategist, Narelle Lee, works with clients to help overcome life obstacles that are impacting their health and relationships.  She advises that Christmas is a time of significant pressure for many.Narelle says, “Christmas is undoubtedly a stressful time of year with pressure to find the right gifts, time to shop and meet social obligations and of course the financial strain of Christmas shopping within a budget.”“Christmas is a ticking time bomb for many people who can find these stress sources completely overwhelming. Even just managing the gift expectations of children can be highly stressful with parents torn between what’s affordable and what their children are requesting.”Narelle suggests that by taking a balanced and practical approach to the Festive season, shoppers will be exposed to less stress and stand to make significant savings by avoiding last minute, panic purchases.Her tips for surviving the silly season include compiling a shopping list well in advance of December and looking online for gifts.“I advise my clients to look for the best ways to leverage their time and if you have your list planned well in advance, online shopping is a great way to do that.“You can shop online at any time, so once the kids are in bed or while you are on public transport and you can do so in a calm environment where you aren’t caught up in traffic or fighting for a car park.“Best of all, online shopping will allow you to shop around for the best deals, potentially saving you a lot of money and that’s a great stress saver for people on a budget.”“The trick is to plan ahead though – start your gift hunting now!”Brett Magnay, Managing Director of sea courier service, Shipporter.com, agrees.His company has already started receiving Christmas orders from online shoppers purchasing stand up paddleboards, appliances and tools from international retailers.Brett says, “There are definitely significant savings to be had if Christmas shoppers start planning for their purchases now and are willing to shop around, particularly on US and UK retail sites.”He adds, “Amazon.com is a good starting point for shoppers.  The site showcases a broad range of goods across all tastes and budgets.“Shoppers can save up to 50% on some larger scale gifts like furniture or sporting equipment if they are willing to lodge their orders now.” As for managing stress at the infamous family Christmas lunch?  Narelle suggests taking a deep breath and sharing the load.“Work out catering and dishes beforehand with your family and put the kids to work where practical.  Remember it’s only one lunch from the whole year so remember to relax and have fun.” AUSSIE CONSUMERS BEING RIPPED OFF 2013-09-11T04:32:50Z aussie-consumers-being-ripped-off Australian consumers are being ripped off according to Sea Freight operator, Shipporter. The company, whichoffers a sea courier service allowing Australian based shoppers to have large products shipped and delivered to their door, believes that with extravagant markups on many consumer items, Australian retailers are running the risk of pricing themselves out of the market. Brett Magnay, Managing Director of Shipporter, advised online shopping was becoming more prevalent with consumers fed up with having to pay more than their international counterparts. Said Brett, “Consumers are frustrated with having to pay more for their products which are available at cheaper prices in the USA and UK. “We launched our service to allow Australian shoppers to seek a better alternative. Traditionally, online shoppers could only source smaller items that could be sent by mail or air, however our service now allows shoppers to buy almost anything, at any size or weight from USA, UK or Chinese retailers. "We'll then handle the logistics of the order and get those products delivered directly to the consumer's door. “Quite simply, consumers should not be forced to pay more because they are in Australia.  It’s a ridiculous approach to retailing and will see businesses suffer in the long-term as more and more shoppers turn to cheaper online sources.” Brett’s Shipporter service enables Australians to buy products from international retailers with the company handling the purchase, customs, duty taxes and shipping on behalf of the client. He said, “Shipporter makes the process of online shopping that much easier with a wider range of products now available to Australian consumers. Even if the retailer claims to not ship to Australia, we will still be able to get the product here for you at an affordable price.” Since launching in November, the company has shipped a variety of products for Australian consumers with homewares, furniture, tools, car parts and sporting equipment proving most popular. For further information regarding Shipporter and their services, visit the company’s website www.shipporter.com. BRISBANE’S PULSE PR TO REPRESENT KATRINA CHAMBERS 2013-09-11T03:51:10Z brisbane-s-pulse-pr-to-represent-katrina-chambers Katrina Chambers, popular lifestyle blogger and former contestant on Channel 9’s The Block, has appointed Brisbane based digital communications agency, Pulse PR as her new management team.  Katrina’s passion for digital media and reputation as one of Australia’s most iconic bloggers makes her a welcome addition to the agency, which places a heavy focus on blogging and digital communication platforms. Director at Pulse PR, Amanda Munn, advised that her agency’s expertise in PR and digital communications would bring a new dimension to Katrina’s strategic vision. “We really believe in the value of blogging as a digital communication tool so to represent Katrina and her brand is a really nice fit with our mission.” Pulse PR will manage Katrina’s publicity and digital campaigns with a view to further build her lifestyle and design brand throughout Australia over the next 12 months. “Katrina is a really interesting brand – not only is she well recognised from her time on The Block but she is extremely popular and respected within the blogging and social media scene which positions her well as an established voice throughout the Australian media landscape.” Since appearing on The Block, Katrina has been selected as Kidspot’s Blogger of the Year (2012) and has worked with a number of high profile brands including Ford, realestate.com.au, CBA and Target Homewares. Katrina’s blog can be viewed at www.katrinaleechambers.com.au Timepoor Tradies Turn To Virtual Tools 2013-09-04T22:02:52Z timepoor-tradies-turn-to-virtual-tools Thanks to the launch of an innovative new service, Tradies VA, time poor tradies can now obtain cost-effective assistance with their administration and paperwork jobs - without the traditional headaches associated with staffing.  Launched in March, Tradies VA is the brainchild of Michaela Clark, a virtual assistant and self-professed tradies wife who knows all too well the stresses tradies associate with having to juggle accounts and paperwork in addition to their time on the tools. Said Michaela, “I experienced first hand the ongoing challenges that tradies face. They must meet demand for their services in order to generate income but this leaves little time for administration and providing quality customer service.” “In our case, it really impacted upon our family.  My plasterer husband was working huge hours trying to juggle his job and the paperwork and I saw a real gap in the marketplace – pun intended!  I just knew there had to be a better way to not only help my husband but to also assist other tradies in the same situation.” Being the owner of a successful virtual assistant company, it made sense for Michaela to combine her knowledge of a tradies life with her passion for cost effective, virtual technology. As a result, Tradies VA is now assisting trades people from across Australia with all areas of their business, from accounts and invoicing to taking phone calls and job scheduling.  The service is also assisting tradies to operate from “The Cloud” so that they can work from the road on tablets, increasing operational efficiencies and saving time and money. Adds Michaela, “I know my husband isn’t alone – not all tradies have the cash flow or time to appoint and manage staff.  I could see that the only way for him to work less and make more money was to have someone else managing these tasks but without the burden of the overheads associated with employing staff.” Michaela believes her new service provides tradies with a win-win situation. “The Tradies VA service allows trades people to have more time on their hands to win new business or physically complete more jobs.  It also means tradies won’t have to worry about constantly chasing invoices providing a positive outcome for their cash flow,” she explained. “Imagine what that means for time-poor tradies; more time for the family, fishing and holidays or more time for focusing on future business growth and improvements.” Tradies interested in benefiting from virtual services and mobile technology can find out more by visiting www.tradiesva.com.au.--- ENDS -- New Investment Program To Help Social Innovators 2013-08-28T23:55:43Z new-investment-program-to-help-social-innovators Brisbane based organisation, Foresters Community Finance, will today unveil their latest investment product geared at providing funding for early stage social enterprises. The Early Stage Social Enterprise Fund will provide social enterprise entrepreneurs with access to capital for improving financial resilience, extending services or products and improving their ability to deliver on their organisation’s mission. CEO of Forester’s Community Finance, Belinda Drew, advised that the finance fund had been created to meet the needs of Australia’s changing social landscape, with both social enterprise and social entrepreneurship on the rise. She advised, “We are seeing more and more social enterprises emerge which is great news for Australia’s social sector but unfortunately many of these new enterprises are challenged to find the capital and support their need in the early stages of their development. “Our Early Stage Social Enterprise Fund has been designed with a view put recipients on the road to long-term sustainability.  Through capital investment and access to our skills and knowledge network, recipients will be better positioned to deliver on their social enterprise mission.” Foresters Early Stage Social Enterprise Fund will be officially launched today at 4.30pm by Allan English, founder of ASX listed Silver Chef and the 2012 Queensland Community Philanthropist of the Year. For further information regarding Foresters Community Finance or the newly launched Early Stage Enterprise Fund, visit www.foresters.org.au. ---  ENDS  --- Members of the media are invited to interview Belinda Drew, CEO of Foresters Community Finance or Allan English, 2012 Queensland Community Philanthropist of the Year at the launch of the Early Stage Social Enterprise Fund. When:                        Thursday 29 August 2013Where:                        Foresters Community Finance                                    35 Brookes St, Bowen Hills  QLD 4006Time:                          4.30pm to 6.30pm  To confirm your attendance at the event or to arrange an alternative interview and/or photographic opportunity with Belinda Drew or Allan English, please contact: Amanda Hibberd or Bridget EganPulse PRPh: 07 3103 1322E: create@pulse-pr.com.au Event Planners Told To Embrace Technology 2013-06-19T22:52:49Z event-planners-told-to-embrace-technology Event managers and creative directors are being advised to adopt event technologies and be innovative or risk being left behind as clients increasingly seek out creative and cutting edge branding solutions. Joanna Jordan, Creative Director at Brisbane based event management company, j2 ideas & events has suggested that event managers need to keep up with technology and industry trends in order to remain competitive. She said, “Let’s face it, we are living in a completely digital age and this is definitely transforming the events industry.” “Our clients are seeking new and creative ways to achieve their branding and marketing goals and there is an expectation now that event planners have the ability to push boundaries and create visually exciting experiences for audiences.” Joanna advised that visual affects such as projection and lighting had come a long way over the past decade and were now an invaluable tool for engaging with audiences, creating emotional connections and ensuring events leave a lasting impression. She said, “My first foray into the creative application of large-scale projections for events was back at the Goodwill Games in 2001 and it amazes me how events technology has progressed since then.” So how can event planners put projection technology to use? Joanna advises to think big and keep in mind what your client’s objectives for the event are. “Projection technology allows you to communicate with your audience en masse so event managers should think about how to best use that space be it for brand messaging or to create an emotional journey for the audience.” For further information regarding Joanna Jordan and her events management company, j2 ideas & events, visit www.j2events.com.au.-------  ENDS  ------- ABOUT J2 j2 ideas & events is a Brisbane event management company specialising in creative direction, event planning and event design. The company has delivered many of Queensland’s iconic events including the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride, 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Charity Dinner and Riverfire, Queensland’s biggest annual public celebration. j2’s skill and unprecedented reputation has been formally acknowledged with the company winning the Cause Related Event of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility Award (QLD) at the 2010 Meeting & Events Industry Awards and the 2008 National BT Publishing E-Wards for Excellence in Events for Charity Event of the Year (20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Charity Dinner 2008).  j2 ideas & events is also a past Telstra Business Awards Winner, having been named as Micro Business of the Year (QLD) in 2007. RISE IN SOCIAL MEDIA USE AMONGST EVENT PLANNERS 2013-05-30T02:40:15Z rise-in-social-media-use-amongst-event-planners Brisbane based event management company, j2 ideas & events is predicting an increase in social media use by professional event planners over forthcoming months.The company, who has worked with a number of notable brands including Stockland, Australia Post, Peet and Economic Development Queensland, believes the role of event managers is changing with a large emphasis now falling upon effective communication and planning through social media platforms.J2’s Managing Director, Joanna Jordan, advised that when used correctly, social media was a standout tool for coordinating, promoting and enhancing events.She said, “From conferences and webinars to public, sporting and special events, social media is an invaluable and affordable solution for connecting with target audiences, sharing information with stakeholders and promotion.”Joanna has outlined a number of useful ways that event managers can use social media to enhance their next event.She suggests:♣    Live streaming events♣    Collecting RSVPs online♣    Coordinating events and information while onsite using cloud technology♣    Promoting an event and encouraging audience buy in using Twitter hash tags♣    Marketing via Facebook using both viral and PPC programs♣    Creating event listings on social networks♣    Creating promotional videos and podcasts♣    Uploading event highlights to YouTube♣    Sharing presentations and blog posts♣    Collecting photos and showcasing events on Pinterest and other social sites♣    Using social polling and monitoring to collect feedbackFor further information regarding j2 ideas & events or to read their event management blog, visit www.j2events.com.au.--  ENDS --ABOUT J2j2 ideas & events is a creative team of event management professionals specialising in creative direction, event planning and event design. The company has delivered many of the State’s iconic events including the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, MS Brissie to the Bay bike ride, 20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Charity Dinner and Riverfire, Queensland’s biggest annual public celebration.j2’s skill and unprecedented reputation has been formally acknowledged with the company winning the Cause Related Event of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility Award (QLD) at the 2010 Meeting & Events Industry Awards and the 2008 National BT Publishing e-awards for Excellence in Events for Charity Event of the Year (20th Anniversary World Expo 88 Charity Dinner 2008).  j2 ideas & events is also a past Telstra Business Awards Winner, having been named as Micro Business of the Year (QLD) in 2007. Record Crowds Expected At Hampton 2013-05-15T05:05:41Z record-crowds-expected-at-hampton As the days count down to this weekend’s event, organisers of the Hampton Food & Arts Festival are expecting record numbers to attend. Enquiries relating to this Sunday’s Festival, which features a strong entertainment program including appearances by Poh Ling Yeow of Masterchef fame, have been strong with Saturday’s Farm Trail and Long Lunch already sold out.Festival organiser, Kerri Seccombe, advised she is eagerly keeping an eye on the weather forecast. She said,  “This year’s event is definitely shaping up to be our biggest with an increased venue size and a really impressive program of events - let’s hope that Mother Nature is kind to us over the weekend!” “We know Poh’s appearances at 10am, 12pm and 2pm will be popular but we are also expecting a great response to our Artists In Residence Program and live entertainment acts.” Kerri also advised that patrons wouldn’t be disappointed with the quality and range of food and produce on offer at this Sunday’s event. “The Festival has a great atmosphere and really aims to showcase the high quality produce that’s on offer around Hampton. The scent of fresh dishes being cooked and the sweet smell of regional fruits and produce has definitely become synonymous with our event.  “From cupcakes and preserves to pastas, cheeses, wines and oils – this year’s menu is truly mouth watering,” she added. The Hampton Food & Arts Festival commences at 9.30am and will continue until 4.00pm on Sunday 19 May at Chapman Park, Hampton.  Tickets available at the gate. Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the Festival’s free bus service, which will operate from Toowoomba, Highfields and Crows Nest. Download the Festival’s full event program and find out further information regarding the free bus service by visiting www.hamptonfestival.com GIVIT CEO WINS VODAFONE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE COMPETITION 2013-05-14T10:35:05Z givit-ceo-wins-vodafone-world-of-difference-competition Brisbane based change agent, Juliette Wright has been announced as one of four winners in this year’s national Vodafone World of Difference Competition. The competition, which has been running for ten years, allows four inspirational Australians to take 12 months of paid charity leave enabling them to make a difference through their chosen projects. Juliette is the founder and CEO of not for profit organisation GIVIT, which supports over 790 of Australia’s most trusted charities and community providers by connecting them with willing donors of everyday items. Juliette and her team have previously been instrumental in assisting with Queensland’s flood and other natural disasters. With Australia’s philanthropy record comparatively less than in the US and UK, Juliette plans to use her paid charity leave to foster the future faces of giving in Australia – children. She advised, “Winning this competition is a huge milestone.  I’ll use the charity leave for a number of things including developing a mobile APP for GIVIT and working on our sustainability strategy.  “The most exciting thing that this funding will enable me to do, though, is to develop GIVIT Kids, an initiative that will promote philanthropy amongst youth and children. “Australia’s philanthropic record isn’t great and I believe that the way to address that is to foster an interest in giving amongst our kids.  “The goal of GIVIT Kids is to enable kids to directly support other isolated, vulnterable or marginalized Australian children by donating clothing, gifts, school equipment, uniforms or spots clothing and equipment.” Juliette hopes to launch her GIVIT Kids initiative by September this year and will support the program with an age appropriate (G rated) interactive online forum for children to give directly to other children who are less fortunate. She added, “The website’s purpose is to ‘grow givers’ and promote philanthropy at a young age. By embedding the values of giving, we can create a whole new generation of givers – young people with a passion and interest in helping others.” You can track Juliette’s progress and find out more about GIVIT and the GIVIT Kids initiative by visiting www.givit.org.au