Meet the changemakers of Melbourne and surrounding areas.
Businesses that give back, local charities and social enterprises to get involved with and for-purpose projects making an impact.
I’m a serial entrepreneur. I’ve started three businesses in the last 5 years, with most notable being UPmovement. I live for Social Entrepreneurship, and love that I get to bring purpose and fulfilment to my life and others every single day! I graduated with a Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2017, and have vowed to help the amputee crisis in the developing and war-torn world.
Project Lantern is a youth-led initiative on a mission to engage, enable and support young people across the globe in creating real social change. Our first project is Lantern – a podcast about young people trying to ‘change the world’ and trying to understand what that actually means.
Food For Change grows and rescues fresh nutritious food to feed those in need. The idea started in 2016 in Melbourne with the realisation that there was plenty of vacant land that could be farmed to provide quality fresh food to those in need. Since then we have set up our first major farm site and currently we are trilling our community garden growing program and local community food rescue program.
I founded Food For Change in 2016 and currently sit on the board as well as playing an active role in the roll out of our programs around Australia. Besides the work i do for Food for Change, my days are filled with looking after my son, hiking, cooking and trying to squeeze in as many adventures as possible!
Co-Ground is not your classic charity. It is a global network of changemakers working together to make equality real. Through social enterprise, vibrant events and committed volunteers, Co-Ground feeds 100% of its profits where they counts most, in our community programs. We have education and livelihood programs in the Asia-Pacific that are all community developed and led, ensuring our impact is sustainable.
We are all about making the world a better place each and every day. Whether it’s as something as simple as brightening up someones day with a smile, we believe that everyone can positively impact our world.
Our goal is to put out good karma everyday – and collectively, significantly impact our world for the better. We want to do this by having a product offering that people love, that will also make a meaningful difference in the world.
Wayfaring Foundation is an independent non-profit organization, which is based in Melbourne Australia, directly benefiting children and communities every year in Cambodia, by providing free education to the underprivileged. The Foundations aims is through our full and viable development model, Wayfaring Foundation provides safe learning centres, libraries, community projects and provides children with basic school supplies.
Charity Tap is a social enterprise that aims to work with hospitality businesses across Australia to help raise funds for local charity projects. From Melbourne City Mission to Kids Under Cover, Charity Tap rotates project funding on a quarterly basis in order to maximise their impact across a range of local charities. How it works is hospitality business join Charity Tap by pledging anywhere between 50c to $2 per pint / schooner / jug of beer sold. The funds get pooled together on a monthly basis then donated at the end of the quarter period.
I’m currently studying a double degree of Business (Finance) and Industrial Design @ Monash University. Besides from studying (and Charity Tap), I’m the National Marketing Lead for UNIHACK Australia and an entrepreneurship ambassador at Monash University’s startup initiative, The Generator. My passion lies within using my design and business expertise to create positive social impact, whether it’s through developing meaningful products or making services more accessible to those who need it.
Between inspiring many at a multitude of conferences and talks across Australia, invitations to share their story over TV appearances, recently securing the Duchess of Cornwall as their first UK volunteer and continuing to positively connect communities daily with the brilliant work they do, Nic Marchesi, Co-Founder of the amazing Orange Sky Australia still found time to have a chat with TOWNHALL.
We take the difficulty out of gifting! Whether it’s a Kris Kringle, you’re looking for that perfect recycled gift for less, or if you’re not sure what to get someone for a present, we’ve got all bases covered! Our experienced Thrift Shoppers do all the hard work for you, they’re in and out of Thrift Shops, Garage Sales and hunting for those perfect once loved bargain items that are going for a steal.
We teach marginalised women in Cambodia how to knit and crochet. We also pay for their children’s school costs. We now have over 120 women knitting in Cambodia and have just been given the blessing from the Director of Human Rights in Bangladesh to set up an ethical workshop there.