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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.

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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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Special deliveries to families fleeing domestic abuse

Team m.a.d.woman was thrilled to deliver some special gifts and treats this festive season to women and children fleeing domestic violence.

A huge thanks to the awesome team from Visy who wrapped and packed and our friends at Kellogg’s and Mondalez who contributed gifts and yummy chocolates.

The feedback from the recipients was very moving – most of the kids and mothers would otherwise have received nothing.

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Executive of the Year Community Achievement Award

The CEO Magazine has awarded m.a.d.woman CEO and Founder Melina Schamroth with one of its top awards.
At a ceremony in Sydney, Melina was humbled to be named the magazine’s Executive of the Year for Community Achievement for 2013.
She was presented the award by media personality Eddie McGuire.

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Bringing smiles to CanTeen kids

Kids supported by CanTeen Australia in Melbourne have something to smile about thanks to an inspirational team from Visy who joined us in making a difference.

Not only did our team do some amazing decorating, but they went well and truly over and above their brief. By the end of the day, the waiting room was also fitted out with a TV, sound system and Playstation.

Teens with cancer and their siblings now have a bit more to make them smile while waiting for much needed support. The effort was overwhelmingly great. Call us super impressed!

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We’ve launched the m.a.d.woman foundation!

We are thrilled to finally be able to launch the m.a.d.woman foundation.

m.a.d.woman was set up to encourage, engage and inspire people to make a difference to their communities, environment and people in need. In the past  six years, m.a.d.woman has been joined by around 7000 people to help more than 300,000 people doing it tough. This new charity status will enable us to help many, many more. Read the rest of this entry »

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