All my donations to MicroLoan Foundation Australia
While I'm now a proud shoe shop owner, my previous career was in fundraising. And I took transparency and accountability very seriously.
So below I've listed every donation I've ever made to MicroLoan Foundation Australia: some are one-off donations and most are my monthly donations calculated by the previous month's sales. I've also included donations by my beautiful customers, friends, family, peers and suppliers.
Because together we can make a difference!
Before my not-just-for-profit launch
December 2014 $1,000 from The Shoe Garden
January 2015 $500 from The Shoe Garden and $250 from Carol’s parents, Eric and Ingrid Haffke
At the not-just-for-profit launch
Monies raised at launch party: $1,660 donated by my wonderful guests. Wow!!! And this was matched by an anonymous donor so that’s $3,320. Amazing!!!
Huge thanks to: Susie Krimmer, Marjorie Trundle, Valerie Kerr, Narelle Todd, Lisa Donnelly, Madison Tronc, Kristy Ellery, Gina Pilkington, Andrea Doyle, Ella King, Penny Edwards, Christine Woosley, Lynne Spalding, Shayne Rutherford, Mark Ashworth, Nigel Dowling (Hinako and Isabella shoes, a fabulous supplier to The Shoe Garden), Leanne Rolph, Kerry Darvall, Michelle Standley, Katherine Yorkston, Amanda Watt, Tina Turner, Zoe Palmer, Frances Porter, Melissa Court, Diane Collier, Lesa Gates, and Raylene & Desley Allen.
A very special donation at my launch party was from my darling 7-year-old god-daughter, Annelise who saved up money from her chores and donated $7. 🙂
Into the future
$50 from Eva Bylund & Simon Cloonan through Shop Share Care
$100 from Jo Hammond Photography through Shop Share Care
$531 from April 2015 sales … thanks to everyone who bought anything at The Shoe Garden in April
$468 from May 2015 sales … yah to all who shopped at The Shoe Garden in May
$100 from Brett Walduck, from Rod Walduck Footwear, who supplies my divine Amber Rossi and Aerobics shoes
$691.50 from June 2015 sales … huge thumbs up to all my gorgeous customers for shopping at The Shoe Garden in June
$50 from the Transport and Main Roads Executive Services team
$439 from July 2015 sales … many thanks to everyone who shopped at The Shoe Garden this month
$641.50 from August 2015 sales … yah to everyone who bought gorgeous shoes this month
$514.50 from September 2015 sales … woohoo! Thanks everyone.
$800 from the Year 5 students at St Ita’s Primary School at Dutton Park whose wonderful teacher Rachel is a lovely customer
$714.50 from October 2015 sales … wow! I’m so proud of this donation. 🙂
$50.35 from my darling god daughter, Annelise which she said was “to help the poor women in Africa”.
$100 from Ingrid and Eric Haffke, my darling parents
$468.50 from November 2015 sales … a lovely donation thanks to my lovely customers buying lovely shoes!
$50.30 from an anonymous donor who was inspired by darling god daughter and didn’t want to upstage her by giving more than her $50.35 …. awwwww! 🙂
$269 from December 2015 sales .. as always, thanks everyone who bought lovely shoes in December.
$369 will be donated from sales in January 2016… a great start to the new year. Thanks everyone!
$404.50 is going to do a lot of good from sales in February 2016 … woohoo!
$400 was raised from sales through March 2016, whether in-store or online. Fantastic!
$100 from the wonderful team at Harem Fashions (who supply me with Polly and Miss M shoes and new label for SS2016, Bueno Shoes made in Turkey)
$529.50 was raised throughout May 2016 from every sale so huge thanks to all who shopped in-store or online
$522.50 was the final results from June 2015 sales. Thanks everyone who shopped at The Shoe Garden then month.
$432.50 was the final total after sales from throughout July 2015. It’s always so exciting to see what each month’s total is.
$521 was donated from sales in August 2015. Yah everyone who shopped in-store or online this month!
$60 was donated by my darling god daughter Annelise who saved all her money from chores. Such a sweetheart.
$60 was also donated by my dear friend Diane, who matched Annelise’s donation and will do so again whenever she donates. Thank you so much FGD. 🙂
$806 was the impressive grand total after wonderful sales in September 2016. Woohooo! $983.65 was raised by Grade 5A and 5B students from St Ita’s school in Dutton Park. Their beautiful teacher Rachel is a Shoe Garden customer and this is the second year she has nominated MLFA as the beneficiary. Great work kids!!!!
$651.50 from October’s 2016 sales … what a great result for another busy and happy month.
$610 was donated from sales in November 2016 … such a great way to end the year. Thank you everyone!
$349 from December 2016 sales has helped some amazing women in Malawi. Thank you all and Happy New Year for 2017!
$241.25 was the total raised from January 2017 sales. We’re getting closer and closer to the big $20k!
$189.75 will make a difference thanks to everyone who shopped in February 2017.
$259.75 was proudly donated on behalf of everyone who purchased shoes during March 2017.
$261.50 from sales in April 2017 is a fabulous outcome for some smart business women in Malawi. Thank you!!
$282 was donated from sales, in-store and online, throughout May 2017. Getting closer and closer to $20k!
$279.25 was raised from every sale every day during June 2017
$129.70 was further donated by The Shoe Garden simply to bring the grand total to a nice, round, incredible $20,000!!!! Thanks to EVERYONE who has ever shopped at The Shoe Garden or helped raised money for the amazing MicroLoan Foundation Australia. Look what we’ve done together!!!
$391.50 is the fabulous donation amount thanks to everyone who bought shoes or handbags throughout July 2017.
$597.50 was so proudly donated on behalf of EVERYONE who shopped at The Shoe Garden throughout August 2017. Thank you!!!!
$155.50 was the grand sum saved by my darling god daughter, Annelise, from doing chores and contributing some of her birthday and Christmas money throughout the year. Isn’t she a darling?
$150 from the divine Diane, my co-Fairy Goddess to Annelise, who agreed last year to match whatever Annelise saved this year. Of course, that was when Annelise had donated $60 so we were blown away by her efforts this year!
$726 was the amazing amount donated from sales, in-store and online, throughout September 2017.
$600 was raised by the amazing Grade 5 students at St Ita’s Primary School who, inspired their teacher and Shoe Garden regular, Rachel, set up their own businesses last term, created sustainable products and sold them at a market. Way to go kids!
$100 was donated anonymously by a Shoe Garden customer. THANK YOU!
$646 was proudly donated thanks to everyone who bought shoes throughout October 2017. Woohooo!
$530.50 was the amount I was able to donate thanks to everyone who supported The Shoe Garden, in-store or online during November 2017.
$8 was shared by a lovely customer!
$165.75 was donated from sales in December 2017 … a quiet month, but every bit counts!
Hello 2018! $172.75 was the amount donated from January sales. Let’s see what the year brings to helping some amazing women start their own business.
$185.25 was the total raised from every shoe and boot sold throughout February 2018.
$503.50 is the final amount after sales from March 2018. This includes my pledge to double March’s donation in honour of International Women’s day.
$67.75 is an extra donation so that the final total is a fabulous $25,000 by the start of April 2018. Yahhhhhh.
$50 from the amazing J.Renee Shoes who made the donation in honour of The Shoe Garden’s sixth birthday on 14 April 2018. How lovely!!
$281 was the amount donated from all the sales in April 2018. Thanks to EVERYONE who shopped at The Shoe Garden this month.
$120 was the amount Peter from Willes Fine Foods asked me to donate in lieu of paying his catering invoice for a recent event. How amazing is that?!?
$15 was left on a lovely customer’s credit and she asked me to donate it to MicroLoan Foundation Australia. Done!
$356.25 is the final tally from all the shoes sold in-store and online during May 2018. Yahhhh.
$337.50 was the total amount raised from all June 2018 sales. Thank you!
$150 was donated from shoe supplier J.Renee who matched donations on their shoes during winter. Wow!
$15 was donated by a beautiful customer.
$480 was the amount donated thanks to everyone who bought shoes in July 2018. That’s nearly 10 loans to women starting their own business!
$3 was donated by a gorgeous customer who, when purchasing a pair of shoes, asked how much I would be donating from them. She then matched the sum. Love my customers!
$247.75 will help some amazing women thanks to my amazing customers who shopped in-store or online during August 2018!
$50 was donated by the Healthy Slimmers Fellowship group. I had the pleasure of sharing my not-just-for-profit journey with these lovely ladies in early September.
$50 was also donated by the lovely Margaret from this group and …
$20 was donated by the wonderful Jackie.
And $25 was donated by a lovely customer, Alysia … thanks sooo much ladies!
$150 was donated by my gorgeous mum who often talks about our time visiting the Dodo ladies in Malawi; it was such a precious experience.
$381.25 was the total amount donated from every pair of shoes sold in-store or online during September 2018.
$100 was donated by me in honour of a beautiful woman, a friend’s aunt, who recently passed away.
$413.75 will go a long way to supporting some amazing women in Malawi thanks to everyone who purchased shoes in October 2018.
$374.75 is the total donation from sales in November 2018 so, as always, THANK YOU to everyone who shopped at The Shoe Garden.
$205.50 will be donated this month thanks to everyone who bought shoes in December 2018.
$200 was donated by my darling god daughter, Annelise. What a way to start the year! She saves this impressive amount from pocket money doing chores and some birthday and Christmas money, too.
$50 was donated then by Annelise’s big brother, Lachlan. What a champ!
$317.25 was the amount donated by me thanks to sales throughout January 2019.
$256.50 will support some amazing women thanks to everyone who bought shoes and boots throughout February 2019.
$200 was proudly donated by my darling mum who often talks about the amazing women we met in Malawi several years ago and how inspirational they are.
$200 from my co-Fairy Goddess Diane. She has matched our god daughter’s donation of $200 … such a star!
$100 was donated by darling friends in the UK. Thank you Robyn and Peter!
$10 Lovely mum and daughter, Ruth and Louise, each paid an extra $5 for their shoes as a donation to MLFA. So gorgeous.
$355.55 will do a lot of good! This is my monthly contribution, donating anywhere from 25c to $2.50 every time I sell a pair of shoes or boots
$15 was donated by a lovely mum and daughter who are lovely regulars of The Shoe Garden
$364.50 Lots of shoes and boots went to happy homes during April 2019 and a small donation was made each and every time
$351.75 was donated in May 2019 thanks to everyone who bought shoes throughout the month
$45 was donated by a gorgeous customer. I muddled up her order and instead of asking for the refund she deserved, she asked for the amount to be donated to MLFA. Happy tears!
$397.50 was the grand sum tallied for sales in June 2019. This will make such a difference to women in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
$273 is the amount being donated this month thanks to everyone who bought shoes and boots in July 2019. This includes $5 in change that a lovely customer wanted to donate to MLFA.
$315.75 is what I have donated after selling lots of gorgeous shoes throughout August 2019 to lots of gorgeous customers!
$366.75 was the final tally after a busy September 2019.
$463 was the grand total after a super busy October 2019 that was donated to help some amazing women start their own business
$410 is the amount donated following lots of lovely gorgeous shoes finding happy homes throughout November 2019!
$10 was donated by the lovely Linda, instead of a refund for an extra postage charge
$5 was donated by the beautiful Peta who rounded up her purchase for an extra donation to MLFA
$136 was donated after the amazing Peter Willes from Willes Fine Foods insisted that instead of paying him for catering over Christmas, that I donate to MLFA instead. Done and THANK YOU!
$215.25 was the amount raised from sales throughout December 2019.
$50 was donated by the lovely Bronwyn who won a voucher in a Facebook competition but asked for the money to be donated to MicroLoan Foundation Australia instead. I have the best customers!!!
$314 was the total after sales were processed throughout January 2020. Thank you to everyone who shopped in-store or online during the month.
So, because of the uncertainty of COVID19, I suspended my donations for a few months. I am super proud to start again from July onwards.
$425.75 was the lovely amount raised from sales in July 2020, including donations from gorgeous customers such as Karen, Louise and Janelle.
$319 takes us to another fabulous milestone: $35,000! The monthly donation was $248 from sales, which was $71 short of $35,000 so I topped it up.
$303 was the donation for all sales throughout September. As always, thanks to everyone who shopped for gorgeous shoes. Every sale is making a difference!
The grand total to date is: $35,0303!
($26,659.50 from The Shoe Garden and $8,635.80 from my customers, friends, family, peers and suppliers)
If you would like to donate too, please do consider doing so and, if you like, let me know your name and donation amount and I can include you on this wonderful list of people who care. Thank you!