Read about the causes we have supported below – and why they matter to us.
THE ALANNAH AND MADELINE FOUNDATION
On 28 April, 1996, Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged just six and three years old, were tragically killed, along with their mother and 32 others at Port Arthur, Tasmania.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation was set up the following year by Walter Mikac and a group of volunteers, in memory of his little girls and the others who lost their lives that day.
This cause spoke to me for a few reasons – not least of all was the fact that my own little girls were just five and eight years old when Walter lost his daughters. I couldn’t imagine his loss.
Not long after I started my business I saw Judith Slocombe, now CEO for the foundation, speak at an event and I found her incredibly inspiring. She’s the mother of nine children and she had built a hugely successful business while also completing an MBA. She’s completely down to earth and unaffected by her success – I decided then that she would be my role model as a businesswoman.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation charity believes that all children should have a safe and happy childhood without being subjected to any form of violence – something I am equally passionate about.
The Angandwadi Project, India
In 2006, Jodie became aware of the extremely poor conditions of the anganwadis (or pre-schools) in the slum communities of Tekra, and she was inspired to make a difference to these children’s lives. Not long after, The Anganwadi Project was born.
In 2009, Total Balance became a sponsor of the The Anganwadi Project and contributed to the building of Bholu 8 and we continued to support the pre-schools for the next seven years.