Three women entrepreneurs have collaborated to help Christmas come early for charity in Australia this July.
Anneliese Urquhart, founder and CEO of Jedo, Melina Schamroth, founder and CEO of m.a.d.woman, and Kylie Jacobs, founder and CEO of Female Friendly, will promote “Christmas in July – A Cracker of a Night” networking events in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne, for women to meet while supporting some of Australia’s most disadvantaged people through Foodbank Australia.
Foodbank Australia is the largest food relief organisation in Australia – last year they provided 32 million meals to people in need. Foodbank redistributes products and groceries donated by supermarkets and manufactures to 2,500 charities. These charities in turn give out these products as meals, grocery hampers and emergency relief packages.
Participants will spend an evening mingling while making Christmas crackers, gifts and cards, using a variety of materials, including many rescued before going to landfill.
“We’re encouraging women to come along, bring a friend, family or workmates and get involved! You’ll meet a bunch of like-minded women and walk away knowing that you have made a difference to people in need,” m.a.d.woman Founder and CEO Melina Schamroth said.
“There are no special skills are required - just a willingness to make a difference and to meet like-minded people at the same time.”
This will be the first event for m.a.d.woman in Adelaide, but the organisation has run well over 100 unique hands-on networking events to support charities around Australia. More than 3000 people have participated, helping around 200,000 others and led to m.a.d.woman being named Australia’s most socially responsible business last year in the prestigious 2011 Telstra Business Awards.
Female Friendly regularly runs events to connect women and was started by Kylie Jacobs, a mother of four children under 10, who has grown Female Friendly into an international organisation in four years. Female Friendly has accredited hundreds of business in Australia and New Zealand and is now open for business in the USA.
Jedo CEO Anneliese Urquhart founded Jedo late in 2011 after seeing a gap in the events market. With a strong background in the online media and eCommerce fields, Anneliese developed the free events site. Since launching at the beginning of the year, more than 1200 events professionals have used the site to promote their activities.
Tickets are $65 and include all materials, a gift bag of goodies and light refreshments. The events are being supported by the Commonwealth Bank Women in Focus program, Cornes Toyota and Kraft Foods. Tickets must be pre-purchased and are available as follows:
m.a.d.woman was set up to encourage, inspire and enable people to make a difference to their community, the environment and to people in need. A multi award winning social enterprise, m.a.d.woman runs events and projects to connect people with each other and with their communities. www.madwoman.com.au
About Female Friendly
Female Friendly is an online directory listing only businesses that are used and recommended by women and accredited by Female Friendly. It started from a simple idea to improve the customer service received by women and has grown to include customers across Australia and NZ, with an office opening in the US shortly. www.femalefriendly.com.au
Foodbank Australia is the largest food relief organisation in Australia – last year they provided 32 million meals to people in need. Foodbank redistributes products and groceries donated by supermarkets and manufactures to 2,500 charities. These charities in turn give out these products as meals, grocery hampers and emergency relief packages. www.foodbank.com.au
Jedo makes social media easy for event organisers, helping them sell more tickets in less time. The service helps event organisers spend less time managing their social media activities and appear more often in social media and in Google search results. More than 1200 event organisers have used the site to promote their events since Jedo launched at the beginning of 2012.
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