Social Impact Partner for the SME community

History and Background

One Light Charity Foundation was established in 2011 to represent small business members and support registered charities. Over the years, One Light supported our communities including the major Townsville and Lismore floods, Help a Farmer Drought, and the Kangaroo Island Bushfires.

One Light operates a very lean cost structure, utilising volunteer and sponsored resources, making maximum impact investments in our communities. We do the due diligence on Australian registered charities for our donors who want to see more funds flow toward solving pressing social needs on the front lines.

More businesses are launching initiatives to be corporately socially responsible (CSR) and meet their ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) responsibilities. Customers, employees and stakeholders all demand it.

While CSR is typically considered a practice for large international businesses, many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are also starting to practice social responsibility and are reaping the benefits.

Collage of people's faces with Bartercard dollar

Our generous donors are small business owners

Highlights of the last year July 2022 – June 2023

We are proud to share a few highlights of the last twelve months and how you, our donor, helped change someone’s life.

Our Cause – Natural Disaster

One Light supported the Lismore Floods with much-needed products.

Lady holding toys infront of big red heart

Toys are delivered to the children’s ward at Lismore Base Hospital

Two men and older woman standing with donated furniture

We were able to donate furniture to Lismore flood victims

One Light volunteers Anthoni and Rob

One Light volunteer Anthoni and Rob delivered cleaning products

Group of men standing around a workshop table wearin Qoin t-shirts

The Lismore Men’s Shed appreciated their Rovo Medical personal alarm systems and Qoin donated work shirts

Our Cause – Homelessness

Donation – One Light Backpack

One Light volunteers delivered backpacks for the homeless at Set Free Care and Wells Sails Inc.

Heap of One Light Charity Backpacks and shirts

Our backpacks are packed with quality items and a personalised handwritten message of encouragement.

Teenager volunteer standing in front of white ute with trollies loaded with backpacks

One Light volunteer helping to deliver winter backpacks

One Light Charity volunteer laughs and has fun while delivering backpacks

Fun with the friendly Set Free Care staff

Three elderly people receiving One Light Charity Backpacks for the homeless

Dr. Cheryl Spicer, founder of Global Spirited Women Australia Inc. who introduced us to the work that Russell and his family are doing at their community Cafe 175 at The Well

Donation – essential items

Kris Martin, Executive Officer at St Vincent de Paul, thanked the Bartercard Australia members and staff who voluntarily made this donation of clothing and household items to the value of $ 180,000 possible.

These essential items will help them to raise vital funds to assist those who are most vulnerable in our community. Kris wrote that without the support from the community and their donations, they would not be able to continue providing assistance to those most in need.

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The supply of temporary shelter is just the beginning for the victims of homelessness but does not in itself solve the problem. Everyone knows that job interviews are stressful and a challenge.

But if interviewees have the right attitude and feel confident, things can go a lot better. We donated to Set Free Care four jobseeker makeover vouchers.

Four Pink One Light Charity Foundation Makeover certificates

Helping the vulnerable must be coordinated with developing skills to assist them back to work

Our Cause – Domestic Violence

With our donors ’ help, we support charities that meet the needs of victims of domestic violence and substance addiction.

These are registered charities that help the victims overcome their difficult circumstances and empower them for a better future.

We sponsored a 5-night accommodation package at the magnificent Cambridge Riversdale Estate and a 2-night stay package, at the Port Boulevard Marina, auctioned at the #UnitedForChange domestic and family prevention luncheon to the Allison Baden – Clay Foundation and Hearts of Purple.

Auction prize a tasmania travel voucher

Auction prize travel gift voucher

Our Cause – Extreme Poverty

Last year we donated 300 pairs of school shoes. Great teamwork! Thank you to the amazing One Light small business supporters, donors and volunteers.

Collage of One Light charity volunteers

This year we have donated and delivered 𝓸𝓷𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓪𝓷𝓭 pairs of children’s shoes to nine different charities that specialise in:

 Extreme Poverty
Medical Support
Domestic Violence

Collage of charities accepting kids shoes

Donation – Christmas gift hampers

Although Christmas is meant to be a happy time, this isn’t how everyone feels at this time of the year. On the contrary, Christmas can be stressful and depressing for many people.

Because of your generous donations, we have helped vulnerable Australian families this festive season by donating toys, and gifts for grown-ups, to the Christmas Hamper Campaigns of Newlife Uniting Care Inc, Salvation Army and Global Spirited Women Australia.

Man dressed in blue delivering a big box

Thank you, Tony, for helping out with the deliveries

One Light Charity Director donates gift boxes to two ladies

Dr. Cheryl Spicer, Global Spirited Women Australia Inc. wants to keep giving back to her community and is passionate about her Christmas Angels hampers.

Four ladies standing in front of toys donated

The Christmas Project – We delivered hamper gifts to Newlife Care Inc.

Together with our wonderful small business partner, Bartercard Australia, the teams joined forces to give the gift of giving this Christmas and donated toys, and teen and adult gifts to the Salvation Army Australia.

Collage of Christmas photos donating items to charities

Our Cause – Medical and Mental support

We believe that we are better together!
Another example was the recent successful Crossroads Golf Day.

Two men and young woman standing next to each other with trees in the background

Thank you, team: One Light’s Cara, Greg Smith from Bartercard Australia, and Brett Lush from Newlife Care

We donated a seven-night accommodation package at Paradise Taveuni which was one of the exceptional auction items at the Newlife Care Inc. Charity Golf Day.
Every dollar raised will help to get more people to the Crossroads disability program

We also supported Dainere’s Rainbow Ball in Canberra with a Fiji Coral Coast Pearl Resort accommodation package. The Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Fund is helping to bring hope and create change for children in Canberra and around Australia diagnosed with brain cancer.

On the evening there was some fierce bidding taking place and there was one extremely happy lady, Yasmin Snow who was absolutely delighted to secure this truly extraordinary holiday experience with a bid of $5800.00!


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Thank you for the updates and selfie Colin Mc Culloch Trading Manager Bartercard Canberra

We also donated 500 adult and children thermometers to Queensland’s first free supermarket!

Young man delivering products in a box to The People's Market

One Light Charity Foundation has been helping and giving back to those doing it tough for more than ten years now. But, it’s not just humans who are the beneficiaries.

Our Cause – Animals

We donated this fantastic Tasmania travel package to the Zambi Wildlife Retreat gala dinner to help with their fundraising efforts for the valuable work that they are doing. Their mission is to provide world-class care for retired, rescued, surrendered, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Collage of holiday accommodation on wine estate

Thank you

We are proud of the work that One Light was able to do in our communities, but we could not have done it without your generous donations and support.

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         Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

                                   The One Light Team