Over the last month I have worked pretty furiously with a lovely group of Melbourne Bloggers – Kathy, Kate, Marita, Amanda and Shae on a Community Blogging Christmas Event.

The idea behind Community Blogging is bloggers supporting and working with not for profit organisations in the local community. For our first event, we held a Christmas catch up for Melbourne Bloggers and asked some brands to come along and be a part of it. The difference with this blogging event was that instead of the bloggers receiving products from the brands involved, they agreed to donate the product to two amazing community groups:

Thanks to the kind donations of the sponsors of this event, the community groups received/will receive:

  • Cash donations
  • Household cleaning products
  • Self care products
  • Toys
  • Craft supplies
  • DVDs
  • Toothbrushes

The Sponsors

The event was held at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne. It was a gorgeous venue and we would like to thank:

  • Public Records Office Victoria – for allowing us to use the venue without charge.
  • Cafe 99 – who have a cafe at the venue and provided excellent catering at great rates for us.

There were three key sponsors who made it possible for us to host the event:

PECAN FAN
Nicole and Shae are Pecan Fans!
Yes that is me in the middle of the Pecan, having some fun with Shae. Pecan Fan gave generous cash donations to each organisation. You can find great recipes and all sorts of fun trivia on the I’m A Pecan Fan facebook page.

ECOSTORE
Sponsor : Eco Store
EcoSTORE have a beautiful range of natural skincare and green cleaning products. You can pick up their products easily at Woolworths stores around the country.

EcoSTORE has such a great company ethos. They are a family company run out of New Zealand, where they have a carbon neutral factory and they already contribute to their local community in New Zealand through the Fairground Foundation. The Fairground Foundation is a charitable organisation that is funded by ecostore profits to promote sustainability through ‘on-the-ground’ action. You can find out more about what the foundation does here.

KIDS BUSINESS
Sponsor: Kids Business
Christie Nicholas is the author of “The Mum Who Roared” and also the founder of Kids Business. Kids Business is a Marketing & Public Relations company that is famous for their fab Bloggers Brunches, where they connect brands and bloggers.

An underlying philosophy Christie has had across the projects she has worked on is inspiring mums to love and look after themselves. In 2012 Kids Business is launching a project where they will sponsor a series of posts written by mums who blog. The post are not brand driven, but are posts that will inspire the bloggers community to be happy with themselves, take care of themselves and acknowledge their achievements. I think this is a great way to then be able to pay it forward to groups in your community who need support.

Thanks also to Colorific who donated craft supplies to St Kilda Mums:

Maclean Mums who donated toothpaste to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:
Sponsor: Macleans

Bundaberg Drinks who supplied the drinks from their cafe range for the event:
Sponsor : Bundaberg

The Community Organisations

ST KILDA MUMS
St Kilda Mums

I loved listening to Jessica from St Kilda Mums speak with such passion about her local community. It was very inspiring and Jessica made such sense when she said “We need Werribee mums, Box Hill mums, Richmond mums”. Locality works! If you think this is something you would like to do, St Kilda Mums are happy to share all their processes and info they have to help you set up your group locally.

You can email Jessica at stkildamums@gmail.com and can keep up to date with their work via their facebook page.

ASYLUM SEEKER RESOURCE CENTRE
ASRC
We heard about the grass roots origins of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) from Robyn. The ASRC started as a student project by Kon Karapanagiotidis over 10 years ago. It is now Australia’s leading asylum seeker organization, providing support and advice for those seeking asylum in Australia.

Robyn spoke passionately about the people the ASRC support and it was quite emotional. A beautiful example given by Robyn, about the wonderful level of support they receive from the community, was about the Sunshine West Primary School. The school donated 100% of the funds raised from their school fete – $3000 to the ASRC. So amazing!

My favourite quote from Robyn was:

If you treat people well you will bring out the best in them.

Everyone is welcome to vist the ASRC and they have four Volunteer Information Sessions through out the year. The sessions have finished for this year, but you can check in on their volunteers page for updates here.

Or if you cannot donate time at the moment, I have mentioned previously on the blog, you can donate food and other essential items via Survival Network of the ASRC.

The Bloggers

Bloggers

{Kyrstie, Norlin, Toushka, Shae and Laney}

And thanks to the bloggers who came along at this crazy busy time of year. You can see more photos of bloggers and the event over on flickr.

Special thanks to Kate from Picklebums who took all the photos you will see on flickr and that I have used in this post (with the exception of the Colorific photo). Kate also created our Community Blogging logo – she is very talented.

There was such a great spirit to the event and we were very appreciative to those bloggers who couldn’t make it but tweeted and retweeted on the #blog4community hashtag. It trended on the evening which was a fab effort.

We are currently seeking ideas and support on how we can do more Community Blogging in 2012 – please head to the Get Involved page if you would like to be a part of it!

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  • Ink Paper Pen December 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I think this is a FABULOUS initiative. If any Perth bloggers are keen to set up something similar give me a bell. I’d love to work on a West Coast branch!

    Good on you girls!

    • PlanningQueen December 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you! (I will respond to your email very soon too.) We are hoping to work out ways to be involved regardless of geography so we will keep you posted.

  • Jess WhoaMamma December 11, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    What an absolutely fabulous and inspiring initiative! St Kilda Mums & the Asylum Resource Centre are two organizations that are close to my heart and deserve all the support they can get. I’ve signed up to the COMMUNITY BLOGGING newsletter so I’m looking forward to hearing more! Well done girls! xx

  • mums the word December 11, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    this is such a great idea! I love the idea of giving..cant seem to get the form working but Ive signed onto the email and will try again tomorrow..

    • PlanningQueen December 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      I will check out the form. I use Chrome, what browser do you use?

      • PlanningQueen December 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

        As per my note to Caz below:

        I have modified the form so you don’t have to scroll and should be able to see the submit button. Hopefully that will help! Let me know if you still cannot get it to work. Thanks Nic

  • Caz December 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I too can’t get the form to work but would love to be involved. Can you let me know when the form us running again and I’ll complete it for you. Sounds like such a great idea

    • PlanningQueen December 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      I have modified the form so you don’t have to scroll and should be able to see the submit button. Hopefully that will help! Let me know if you still cannot get it to work. Thanks Nic

  • Marg December 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Never even knew this was on! Would have been interesting in hearing the Asylum Resource Centre person talk!

    • PlanningQueen December 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Robyn from the ASRC gave such an inspiring talk. Gave me lots think about how I can use my blogging to support those whose voices aren’t always heard.

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  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo December 15, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Gutted I couldn’t be there.

    This is a fantastic initiative and you girls are wonderful.

    (while I can’t commit to anything right now, you understand Nic I know you do, I hope to be able to join you girls some time in the future)

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