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We’ve been hit by our own disaster at the m.a.d.woman foundation

It’s been a crappy week. Literally.

In an awful turn of events, a sewerage pipe exploded at our premises. While we hoped we could salvage at least half of our contents, contamination issues meant that was not the case.

While at the end of the day, ‘stuff’ is not important, it was heartbreaking to throw food, clothing, treats and raw materials – destined to help people in need – in the bin.

I’ve spent more than seven years building up m.a.d.woman and the m.a.d.woman foundation and spent the past few days riding an emotional rollercoaster, wondering if I should throw in the towel. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s Christmas in July!

The m.a.d.woman foundation has done our best to spread some Christmas in July cheer today at lunches for people supported by the Prahran and Sacred Heart Missions. Tonight more of our handmade crackers will go out through the St Vinnies soup van through Melbourne, Fitzroy and Collingwood. Just under 500 lives touched (as are our hearts). Thanks again to the team at Metro Property Management for your support.

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My car has driven a Hollywood star. I’m giving it away. Why?

My car has driven a Hollywood star and I’m giving it away. Yes. Giving it away and not taking a cent for it.

This car is a much-loved, slightly tarnished red Mitsubishi Mirage. It’s missing a sun visor. That’s because the visor was autographed by Harry Shearer, the voice of Monty Burns, Smithers and more on The Simpsons. Many people will also know him from his Spinal Tap days.

Several years ago, through the course of my charity work, I drove Harry Shearer in my vehicle for a week. The DNA of this car is permanently etched with impressions of some of the coolest characters you have ever heard.

So why am I giving the car away?

I’m giving it away because I know that doing so can do good for some kids doing it pretty tough. Even though I run my own charity, the m.a.d.woman foundation I made a commitment years ago to give my car to Kids Under Cover when I was ready to move on from it. It’s a commitment I am very happy to keep.

I’ve loved my little red car and it has served me well. It’s taken me on many journeys and the most exciting one was driving Harry Shearer.

It’s even more special to know that the next person to own it will have indirectly bought a little piece of The Simpsons and that all money from its sale is going to charity. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in my Melbourne-based vehicle, or donating your own, get in touch with the Kids Under Cover – Donate your Car program.

I’m not taking a cent. Only the sun visor.

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Help us create some winter warmth

With winter just around the corner, we urgently need some help to fund materials for our care packs. There are more than 105,000 people sleeping rough in Australia and about 35,000 are children. There are many kids and their mothers fleeing domestic violence situations and living in temporary accommodation without their possessions. There are also many disadvantaged families who lack some of the basics we take for granted.

We’ve helped more than 300,000 people in the past six years and are on a mission to help as many other people as possible, starting with beanies, blankets, bibs and much more. Each ticket we sell to this event can help us fund items for up to 10 of our most vulnerable citizens – so you get a great night at the same time as helping others.

We look forward to seeing you, your friends and family – tickets are available at


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Global Grateful in April campaign turns four!

If you aren’t already signed up, get on board with our free global Grateful in April campaign.

The campaign runs for four weeks and gives people tips to focus on how to notice what is already good in your life.

You can sign up here.

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Caring for the Cathy Freeman Foundation

Our mates at Visy not only pitched in to help us, but they were able to help us lend a hand to our friends at the Cathy Freeman Foundation.
We spent a busy morning decorating to do a makeover that mattered. Excellent work guys!

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We’re incredibly grateful to Visy for very special gifts

We were overwhelmed to receive some much needed and practical gifts from an amazing leadership team at Visy.

Not only did they lend a hand at our m.a.d. house premises, but they also gave us some special gifts.

One in particular will come in very handy – a fantastic sewing machine to help us turn some of our rescued fabric into usable gifts for our care packs. A very special thanks to the fold at Lincraft who also helped made that happen.

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Celebrating a CALI Award win

m.a.d.woman CEO and Founder Melina Schamroth has been given the honour of winning a CALI Award.
The CALI Award recognises Community Action Leadership Inspiration and is awarded to “inspiring, awesome people who are creating positive change”. The award goes to “everyday heroes who are making the world a better place”.

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Fantastic teamwork by our Foundation, Foodbank and Flight Centre

The m.a.d.woman Foundation was thrilled to partner with Foodbank to get an awesome bunch from Flight Centre putting together hampers and treat packs to help more than 1000 people in need.
It was another busy day at the office #makingadifference!

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Kellogg’s contribute hundreds of hampers

Huge acts of generosity and some hard work resulted in hundreds of hampers for families in need thanks to our friends at Kellogg’s.
Not only did Kellogg’s donate food but staff chipped in with some amazing donations of gifts for a huge number of kids doing it tough.
An inspirational effort team!

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