Thank you for your support and generous donations to One Light Charity Foundation. We would love to share a few highlights with you about how you helped change someone’s life.
Cause: Disaster Relief
One Light revisited the Kangaroo Island bushfire victims to offer further assistance with their recovery process in August 2020.
John And Carol Houston
The Houston’s Kangaroo Island farm burned, and all was lost. When they received the notice to evacuate, Carol Houston did not think that the bushfires would destroy their property. They started the foundations of their new home and lived in a caravan. They will use the One Light grant towards the rebuilding process of their farm. It will take years to complete. Read more
Shane The Garlic Farmer
Shane, a fireman and garlic farmer, welcomed us with tea and strawberry cake on the veranda of his new home.
“I had to start all over after losing my home. I lived in a small caravan on my farm, the cold, wet winter was coming, and I knew that I needed to rebuild my house. After the fires, I have a greater appreciation for the smaller things in life. I appreciate the space in my new home, having hot water and electricity.”
We bought garlic salt from Shane and sold it again to raise funds for One Light’s other causes. Read more
The Bush Garden
On our way to revisit and look at the progress of Stokesbay Community Hall after the devastating bush fires, we came across the owners and curators of the Bush Garden.
John was busy digging trenches for power cables, and Carol was wandering around the property. The Bush Garden used to be a favourite tourist attraction. “The bush fires came… and in one day, everything was gone. Poof… just like that. We will never be able to replace the rare species of plants that we collected over 30 years.” They are unsure when the building will commence as most builders on Kangaroo Island are flat out busy, and many victims are significantly underinsured. However, they were very appreciative of the grant and very emotional learning about the care and compassion of the One Light donors. Read more
We met with Pastor Louise at her home on a freezing Saturday morning on Kangaroo Island. Pastor Louise did not escape the devastation of the bushfires. Her family suffered too. Her eldest son Ben, managing the family farm, and wife Sabrina live in a caravan after they lost everything on the farm. They are borrowing a caravan that needs to be returned soon. They desperately needed transportation and used the One Light Grant to buy new quadbikes for the farm. Read more
Robert, a pensioner, is renting a home after losing everything. He lost his wife a couple of years ago and was on his own when the fires came. Robert is severely traumatised. He was overwhelmed when he received a Grant to help him with his house rent.
Binna Burra Lodge
We are all so proud of Binna Burra Lodge’s bushfire recovery. To celebrate the re-opening of the Lodge, One Light and our Bartercard Australia and Qoin donors donated three locally hand-made recycled hardwood “reflection” benches.
Cause: Medical Support
We made a gift for life on your behalf; together, we changed the lives of 100 people!
Sixty-five million people worldwide suffer from cataract blindness.CBM Australia and 97.3 Juice FM Radio raised funds to give the gift of sight to people who cannot afford medical treatment.
The operation takes just 12 minutes, costs $33 and restores more than just eyesight. Read more (click on “updates”)
Cause: Our Animals Our Responsibility
Two meerkats now have a brand-new forever home at Zambi Western Sydney, thanks to the generosity of the One Light Donors. At Australia Zoo, Jasmine and Daisy picked on the others in the group and had to be separated from the group due to their injuries. Read more.
Cause: Domestic Violence
The Courage Project
Bravehearts and Mackay Women’s Service formed a recent partnership to deliver a service dedicated to providing trauma-informed mental health for children. The One Light Grant was used to buy furniture for their new counselling rooms.
Newlife’s Calvin and Scott gave us an insight into the work they are doing for the homeless community in Brisbane and Coolangatta. Because of the support of our small businesses and the generosity of our donors, we were able to donate 50 winter backpacks to Newlife Care. View Video
Cause: Extreme Poverty
Assisting disadvantaged people. Harvest Rain used the One Light Grant to help Peter Hansen move back into his own home and out of the Public Trustee.
One Light collaborated with Global Spirited Women Australia Inc. With the help of wonderful volunteers and donors, we packed 100 gift hampers with quality products and gifts. The hampers were donated to our pensioners in need at the Christmas Angels Tea Party held at the Gold Coast head office on the 7th of December. Read more
One Light Campaigns
To read more about all the OLC campaigns, who donated, how much was raised, and the updates, click here.
We are proud of the work that has been done, but we could not have done it without your generous donations and support.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!
The One Light Team