2019 Colour Stampede Success!

We ♥️ good news! Thanks for a wonderful Colour Stampede and thanks for making the world a better place for children and their families mighty Fraser Coast Herd! 🌈🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️🐘

Being a community run event we rely on the generosity of local businesses and families donating time, goods, services and money.

So, thanks for sharing the love and helping make the world a kinder, more colourful place!


2019 Colour Stampede proudly supported by:

And… the awesome band Harding’s House, Hervey Bay Triathlon Club for loaning their start/finish inflatable, the awesome crew at Kawungan Quality Meats, and our super-vollies including a team from Hervey Bay Baptist Church!

Special thanks and mention to the Hay & Biden families for their third year in a row supporting Thomas & Olivia’s Colour Stampede raising funds for children and families near and far.


New Chief annuls 850 child marriages & girls are back in school

We absolutely love sharing good news a) because it’s good, and b) because who doesn’t love hearing good news?!!

What better way to make an impact on the lives of our most vulnerable than to make your first order of business the annulment of 850 child marriages? That’s exactly what Chief Kachindamoto of Monkey Bay in Malawi has done. All of these girls will have much brighter futures now they are back in school.

More good news is imminent from such a progressive and fearless leader. We appreciate your kindness and humility.


7 new faces at Shakti Ghar

BREAKING NEWS: Nineteen children have been rescued overnight from an illegal Child Care Centre in Golfutar, Nepal. We have agreed to find the families of seven of the children and get them home soon. Our first goal is always to help the children feel welcome and safe, conduct health and welfare checks and fill their bellies and hearts with nourishment. We can do this important work because we receive funding through an Australian Aid: Friendship Grant and thanks to our Rescue Crew of regular donors from Australia and around the world.


We are a valued partner of the Australian Government, receiving funding through an Australian Aid: Friendship Grant.

Check out the cover of What’s On Fraser Coast

Who hasn’t seen Thomas and Olivia on the cover of May edition of What’s On Fraser Coast? Get your tickets now so you don’t miss out on this excellent fun day out on June 2!

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The 2019 Colour Stampede is proudly helping kids globally (Forget Me Not) and locally (Give Me 5 for Kids). Can’t wait to see you there!


2019 Colour Stampede proudly supported by:

B Mee | What’s On Fraser Coast | Triple M
Allied Fitness | Carter Cooper Realty


The list is growing! Want to add your name? Sponsor logos appear on posters and t-shirts, and we give plenty of shout out’s on the socials 🙂

CLICK HERE to email us for more info about becoming an event sponsor!


Early Bird tickets end April 30

Raising children to be thriving, vibrant and connected to family, community and opportunity – that’s what Forget Me Not is all about! Early Bird tix are selling fast (which is great!) so please book before 30 April to make sure you get some for you & yours.

The Colour Stampede is for EVERYONE!! Come have fun!

Bring the whole fam bam to the 3rd Annual Colour Stampede!!

Bring your bestie xx

Meet you at the starting line!

Early Bird tix on sale until 30 April – HURRY!

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Brighter futures earrings on sale now

Did you know 100% profit from sales of these Brighter Futures dangle earrings directly fund projectHELP and our Brighter Futures Study Centres? You can look good AND feel great!!

In collaboration with our friend Kamila at Oh Hey Lovely we have limited edition Forget Me Not and Brighter Futures earrings on sale now raising funds for our projects in India.

Click your fav’s to purchase!


“I’m SO proud to support our dear friend Em raise some valuable funds for projectHELP.

projectHELP creates life-changing opportunities for families living in Kalyanpuri Slum to raise their children to be vibrant, thriving and connected to family, community and opportunity. The goal is for every child to attend school, be in good health and have safe and secure housing.

Em has spent her entire adult life working with and for young people in care because she believes that kids deserve every chance to pursue their dreams and create lives full of adventure and love! She believes every child matters.

“It makes sense to support families to raise their children at home where they are safe and cared for, loved unconditionally and thriving in communities that empower them to be their best – it’s a no-brainer that it is a gazillion times better than kids being sent to orphanages because their families are poor,” she said.

This fab friend of mine is currently in training to ride the 240km 2019 Cycle for Brighter Futures through Kerala in southern India raising funds and awareness for ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Brighter Futures’.

Forget Me Not currently works with awesome locals in Nepal, India and Uganda to reunite trafficked children with their families and supports them to become self-determined.   

Your purchase of these limited edition Oh Hey Lovely earrings will help families stay together, end unnecessary family separation and keep children out of orphanages.

Thank You!”

~ Kamila

Are we witnessing the death of orphanage tourism?

Claire Bennett is the co-founder of Learning Service and the co-author of new book Learning Service: The Essential Guide to Volunteering Abroad. In this article she asks readers to:

  • Stop supporting, donating to, or sending volunteers to orphanages or residential care institutions for children.
  • Actively campaign for your government to bring in legislation around modern slavery in the travel industry.
  • Raise awareness about this issue.



Why does it keep happening?

The orphanage business continues to harm the children it is supposed to protect. WHY DOES IT KEEP HAPPENING?

:: Donations give orphanage owners financial incentives to stay open and to find new recipients.

:: Many people still believe that orphanages are necessary and provide adequate care for children.

:: Local systems are slow to change in response to new studies on the harm of institutions.

Funding to orphanages in Nepal could be better used elsewhere.

90% of orphanages receive funding solely from outside Nepal. When investment goes into orphanages, the result can be a lack of funding for developing family-based alternatives and preventing separation.

Research shows the cost of orphanages can be 11x the cost of social services provided to vulnerable families and 3x the cost of professional foster care.

Funding orphanages is often harming the children it aims to help.


:: Expose children to serious harm, neglect and abuse.

:: Children have a lack of access to health, sanitation, nutrition and education.

:: Can seriously impact a child’s physical and psychological development.

:: Lead to higher rates of homelessness, suicide and crime.

:: Greatly increase the mortality rate of children with disabilities.

:: Are often much more expensive than family or community-based care.

:: Recruitment for orphanages can often involve removing children from families or even result in trafficking.

There are better ways to help vulnerable children than funding orphanages.

Family & community support programs:

:: Have been shown to cost less money per child while achieving better outcomes.

:: Prevent family separation and protect vulnerable families.

:: Provide children with a loving home and continuous care from an adult caregiver.

:: Address barriers and stigma that affect the care of children with special needs.

:: Moving children from institutions and into family care before age 2, resulted in dramatic developmental gains.

* Thanks for the info & images Elevate Children


Hope is on the horizon

Hope is on the horizon for tackling orphanage trafficking
By Chloe Setter | Lumos Foundation

‘It’s hard to believe there are people in the world who deliberately recruit children into orphanages in order to make money. Yet running an orphanage can be a lucrative trade. Vulnerable ‘orphans’ attract funding, donations and international volunteers.’