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Social Purpose Business Finalists

1 December 2020 |Community

Social Purpose Business Finalists

1 December 2020 |Community
Our Social Purpose Business finalists have chosen to use business as a force for good. This is the first of their stories. Our finalists are taking action to provide food security for people and their animals, addressing domestic violence, providing technology solutions for the elderly and disabled and, a social enterprise initiative providing local employment while helping those less fortunate around the world.

Keron Beath and Kristine Hewett

Under the Philanthropize company umbrella, Kristine Hewett and Keron Beath began a support group, Adamas Nexus, two years ago to support women who are or have experienced domestic violence and abuse (DVA). Having both been through childhood DVA themselves, they understand that to get through the trauma the support of others who have experienced similar trauma is vital.

The meetings they hold provide community peer-based support. They have helped more than 100 women thus far and are working to close the support gap in an already over-burdened system. Kristine and Keron are providing lifelong post-crisis peer support to help women regain their self-esteem.

Giving people a place where they are heard, validated and supported is the way to begin healing and then thriving.

They hope to be able to offer more extensive services through partnerships and to eventually extend the network Australia-wide.

Kenshi Candles is a social enterprise that has raised over $30,000 directly funding projects in Australia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Papau New Guinea and Myanmar. The business works with the Chin refugee community in Melbourne to produce the candles.

The social enterprise was started by Liam Foldi when he was sixteen.

As a young person growing up in a wealthy city like Melbourne, I found that most people honestly want to help others, but the hectic demands of life can make it hard to give back regularly. Kenshi is about enabling people that want to make a real difference raise thousands of dollars.

Through the enterprise they have directly funded over 800kg’s of pasta and in the lead up to Christmas aimed to fund a further ten tonnes. Every candle sold funds around 3kg of pasta. Take a look at what they've achieved.

Liam Foldi and the team at Kenshi Candles
Liam Foldi and the team at Kenshi Candles

Sandy Johnston
Sandy Johnston

The incidence of domestic violence in Australia is serious and having experienced it herself Sandy Johnston decided to do something about it. So, she began a podcast called Tiaras Tears and Triumphs to reach out to women by providing support, mentoring and information so that they can reclaim their sense of self-worth and be empowered to take control of their lives.

Many women in this situation have to flee with their children and loose everything, their home, their car and their financial security. It’s not just the material impact, it’s the emotional impact that is most devastating.

Fear and shame can hold women back from reaching out to get the support they need and deserve. This is what drives me to create content that will help them gain the courage to get help with the challenges they face.

Sandy is making a real difference. She is a coach, a mother, a mentor, a writer and passionate advocate for women to have the right to feel safe, supported and valued.

Based on the belief that everyone has the right to live their best life, Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT (TADACT), designs and customises assistive equipment for people that is not available commercially or, requires modification to better suit a person’s needs.

This small not-for-profit organisation, has been operating for more than 40 years and assists around 400 families each year in the Canberra region. Manned by 60 volunteers whose skills range from engineering to sewing, and four part-time staff members, they are making an enormous difference to people’s lives.

Executive Director, Trudy Taylor, recalls when she joined the TADACT team to attend her first Freedom Wheels bicycle trial with a four-year-old boy named Beau who lives with cerebral palsy.

‘The smile and sheer joy on Beau’s face, when he sat on a bicycle for the first time, will remain with me forever.’

Beau and his sister Tilly - their first ride together

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