Reg and the Watarrka Foundation, bringing education Right 2 the HEART of those who need it in Australia

“After working as a tour guide for 15 years in Central Australia, Richard Ramsden, or Reg as he prefers, dreamt of being able to use tourism to do more to support remote Indigenous communities.

Reg established Remote Tours to give people around the world the chance to visit the Red Centre and learn directly from Indigenous elders about traditional Aboriginal culture, and to support communities to build an independent future.

Reg has established respectful and collaborative relationships with Indigenous people, and his tours contain a community service component which is making a real difference to the local communities. A school for 19 students has recently been rebuilt and reopened, and a food van provides the school with fresh food.

Reg has also established the Lilla Foundation to improve health outcomes, fund basic necessities and provide education scholarships.

Reg’s work is supporting and empowering remote Indigenous communities, and his actions are a true demonstration of practical and genuine reconciliation.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”– Nelson Mandella

Making a real difference in the lives of young Indigenous Australians means a great deal to many people who live in this country.”

 For more on Reg and this awesome project that aims to give every Indigenous child a high school education by providing secondary education options in remote communities in Australia, check out their crowdfunding campaign below:

Community Leader: Rob Caslick

Rob Caslick

Rob Caslick

Meet Rob Caslick,’s Community Leader based in Sydney. An engineer-by-day, foodie and star crowdfunder, Rob runs three social ventures. Read about some of Rob’s amazing ventures and drives below!

P.S If you want to meet Rob and get inspired, he’s leading our next Crowdfunding for Social Causes Workshop in Sydney on September 11. (For last tickets, click here)

Tell us a bit about yourself and your career (or life) so far.

I’m an engineer with a passion for social ventures:

  • Co Founder of Two Good Co: A ‘buy one give one’ food business that sells soups and salads to corporate companies and gives one to a Domestic Violence shelter or soup kitchen.
  • Founder of cSigns: The practical application of cBraille. cSigns is installed at Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and quoted as a” Well designed system helpful for people with low vision” by the Braille Institute of America.
  • Founder of Table: We believe that food is more than food. We use food to connect, to show love, and to demonstrate worth. We run an organic soup kitchen, a cooking school, a horticultural therapy program for people with mental health concerns and a talk series.

Why did you decide to become a Community Leader?

Im a big believer in the power of crowdfunding. I also like thinking about strategy and how to engage a community.

How did your crowdfunding journey begin? 

I met Prashan (CEO of in a seedy hotel bar in Kings Cross, Sydney. It was actually during the morning and we talked about a project I was hoping to do. Prashan was talking about a charity crowdfunding concept he was working on – the beginnings of! We had a great chat and when I was about to raise funds to build a rooftop garden, I thought “I might give this crowdfunding thing a go”.

What social cause are passionate about and why?

I am passionate about all people and environmental causes. I typically use food as the medium. I find it a great way to focus on the person and not the cause. For instance, at our soup kitchen we use organic food and only serve food we would eat ourself. Our focus is about what’s on the table – not who is in the chair.

What relevant fundraising or other experience do you have that you can share with participants in the workshop?

I have run quite a lot of crowdfunding campaigns. Made plenty of mistakes – but learnt a lot along the way!

Help Vicki Help the Asylum Seekers that Dutton Aims to Starve Out

“18 months ago I went to Tom Ballard’s comedy show ‘Boundless Plains to Share’ and at the end of the show he handed out a brochure detailing what you could do to help Asylum Seekers in Australia.

I had previously attended rallies and donated to campaigns but wanted to do something more and his brochure suggesting visiting Asylum Seekers detained at MITA (Detention Centre in Melbourne).

I have been visiting at least once a week since then and have witnessed the devastation of detention and then the hardships associated with Community Detention. My friends from MITA on Community Detention are my chosen family and to see them suffer and face destitution because of the ‘Final Departure Bridging Visa E’ breaks my heart.

The monies raised from this campaign will go directly to our friends from MITA to pay for medication, credit and essential items.

My friends want the chance to live the life they deserve, a life filled with joy and freedom.

This crowdfunding campaign with is aimed at removing part of the burden that has been forced upon them.”

Find out more about this important cause and how you can support it on Vicki’s campaign page below:

Historic Chance to Protect our Oceans!

Ban The Bag
Ban The Bag
“My name is Rianti and I have been a diver for over 20 years, and in that time I’ve organised over 50 clean up dives. Litter is everywhere, and it’s killing our oceans.

Recently I teamed up with the Boomerang Alliance for a final stand against plastic bags!

Firstly, I would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated! After the crowdfunding with ended, we used some of the funds to launch a campaign where we sent an SMS blast to over 5000 Boomerang Alliance supporters asking them to call the Premiers of NSW, VIC and WA to ‘ban the bag’. The campaign was intended to increase pressure before the Environment Ministers meeting on 28 July 2017.

We also asked our supporters to contact the premier and ministers directly and ask them to ban the bag.

This July, we’ve been busy visiting key Electorate Offices asking NSW MPs to help increase the pressure to #BanTheBag on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian & NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton. The response has been positive with state member for Ryde, Victor Dominello stating plastic bags as “a scourge on the environment”.

We are happy to report that Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced before the Environment Ministers meeting that Victoria might consider a ban on light-weight plastic bag and while a national ban is the most effective way to address the issue, she has not ruled out Victoria doing it alone.

WA Minister for Environment, Stephen Dawson has also said that he is supportive of the move by various local governments to ban single use plastic bags and have asked DER to investigate the possibility of a state-wide ban.

NSW is currently the only state who still resists the ban. Premier Berejiklian made it clear a week before the meeting that she doesn’t support a plastic bag ban.

In response to this, the Boomerang Alliance team decided to sneak into the annual NSW State of the State Conference where Premier Berejiklian was the key note speaker. We used that opportunity to covertly place campaign material calling for a ban on plastic bags on each table and deployed a banner in front of the 650 high profile guests and the Premier herself.

Due to the intransigence of NSW, the meeting of environment ministers on the 28 July failed to agree on national coverage of plastic bag bans.

We still have a lot of work to be done but we will never give up the fight!”

For more check out their awesome campaign page below, which raised a whopping $25,923 for our oceans!

Flood Relief in Bangladesh by Symbiosis International

Symbiosis International Developing Country Relief Fund

Symbiosis International Developing Country Relief Fund

“Symbiosis International empowers Bangladesh’s poorest people to find sustainable solutions to poverty and disadvantage. We do this by creating self-help groups and by equipping group members with the tools and knowledge that they need to take control of their own future.

A high priority is providing illiterate women with the opportunity to learn to read and write. In a context where girls have often been denied the chance to go to school, this is a life changing experience. As well as gaining an important skill, the content of the course teaches women about human rights and how to improve their health and nutrition.

Group members also save money together and build up a fund that they can use to establish small business enterprises. This might be as simple as taking a loan to buy a sewing machine or a cow to raise, but the impact can have can be truly life changing.

Since starting work in 1995, Symbiosis now has established 1000 self-help groups with nearly 20,000 members. These members have collectively saved and generated a staggering $1.4 million! Most of the members are women and most of these groups are able to manage their own activities – this is our definition of sustainable development!

Whilst most of our work is focused on long-term development, sometimes disasters strikes and people need a helping hand. When this happens Symbiosis uses our local knowledge to provide simple and effective relief for those who are worst affected. For example, our current Flood Relief in Bangladesh campaign aims to provide a $25 flood-relief kit (consisting of essential food and medical items) to 500 families.

The recent flood crisis in South Asia is far from over. Some reports are suggesting that the flooding may be the worst in 15 years and that two-thirds of Bangladesh is under water.

Thanks to your generosity we now have enough funding to assist almost 400 families with flood-relief kits! The kits are already being distributed and with just four days to go in our campaign we’d love to hit our target of helping 500 families.”

For more on Symbiosis International Developing Country Relief Fund and to support Bangladesh through the devastating affects of the recent floods, head to their campaign page: