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!

$442.50 from April 2016 sales … big thanks to everyone who shopped for gorgeous shoes during this month.

$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.

HELLO 2019

$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.

Hello 2020!

$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!

$442 was the resulting donation thanks to everyone who purchased shoes in-store or online during the busy month of October. Thank you!

$20 was donated by the lovely Louise, a regular customer and donor.

$338 was the total donated from all sales during November. 

$250 was donated by the amazing Peter and Mary Willes from Willes Fine Foods. They've catered for the event where I announced I would be supporting MLFA with part proceeds from every sale and still to this day ask me how the charity is doing. 

$249 will make a difference to women in regional Africa thanks to everyone who shopped at The Shoe Garden in December 2020.

$328 was the donation given on behalf of all the gorgeous customers who bought in-store or online during January 2021. Happy New Year!

$281.50 will help support some amazing women thanks to everyone who shopping in-store or online in February 2021.

$50 was donated by gorgeous family friends, Robyn and Peter, in honour of my beautiful mum.

$732 was the extra special donation for the month of March 2021. Given International Women's Day during the month, I doubled the donation so even more women can start their own small businesses and achieve greater independence and security.

$455.50 was the amount donated thanks to everyone who shopped in-store or online throughout April 2021. 

Another great month with $423.25 donated on behalf of everyone who shopped in-store or online during May 2021. Yah!

$404 was donated from June sales, including $95 from customers who donated in-store or through a percentage of their online purchase. Many thanks!

$250.25 will help change some women's lives. This donation is from all sales in July.

$290 is the sum raised from sales of every shoe sold throughout August.

$150 was proudly given to me by my beautiful god daughter who, at just 14, has donated each year from her birthday and Christmas money and from doing chores. She's a champion!

$315.50 was donated as a result of every sale throughout September.

$50 was donated in honour of CC who passed away at nearly 18. A big thank you to Ashlea, Lindy and Bec for their kind support. Makes me teary to think of it!

$359.25 was a great donation thanks to everyone who shopped in-store and online during October.

$10 was donated by the lovely Bronwyn.

$339.25 was the amount donated from November sales ... thank you to everyone, as always, for shopping in-store or online and helping make a difference to some amazing women!

$50 was donated by the wonderful Robyn and Peter, who are beautiful family friends


$289 was donated in the first month of the new year from sales in December.

$30 was proudly donated by a regular customer, the lovely Louise

$215.75 will help some amazing women so thanks to everyone who shopped in-store or online during January. 

$20 was given to me by a customer who wanted to support this amazing charity. Many thanks!

$50 was donated by the Bulimba Community Centre after I gave a speech for their Seniors Club in mid February. 

$228.25 was donated following sales from February. Every time someone buys a pair of shoes, I donate anywhere from 25c to $2.50. It adds up!

$390.25 was the grand total for a busy March. Thanks to everyone who shopped in-store and online!

A whopping $6,705 was given mid April, the proceeds from my 10th birthday raffle.

And a further $200 was donated by a local business, Willes Fine Foods.

$10 was donated by a lovely customer

And $411.75 was the grand total donated from sales throughout April. 

$369.75 was the final tally reached for May's donation from all the sales throughout the month.

$6 was donated from the lovely Katie as part of her donation for shoes sold on consignment

$30 was donated by the wonderful Cay who is donating her portion of shoes sold on consignment to MicroLoan Foundation Australia

$381.50 was the fabulous amount donated for June sales so big thanks to everyone who shopped at The Shoe Garden during this month.

$100 is from the amazing Cay who is donating her portion of the sale for shoes sold on consignment

$6 is from Katie as part of her share of shoes sold on consignment

And $41 was donated by three gorgeous customers: Tarryn, Louise and Ruth. Gosh, I have the BEST customers ever!

$291 was the amount donated from sales throughout July. 

Pre-Loved shoe sales continue to go gangbusters, with the following customers donating their share: Tracey donated $110, Marjorie donated $50, $87 was donated by Julie and $6 from Katie, totalling $253!

In August, $580 was donated by customers from the sale of their Pre-Loved shoes. Big thanks to Tracey, Julie, Jane, Marjorie, Cherie, Shirley, Jan, Robyn and Geoff. And to Kerri for making a donation.

And $365.25 was donated from sales at The Shoe Garden in August.

$453.25 was the total amount donated from every sale during September.

And $159.55 was donated by gorgeous customers when they shared their earnings of pre-loved shoes. So wonderful. Thanks Tracey, Jane, Lesa and Kylie.

The amount donated from October's sales was $494.75. Woohoo!

And another $142.50 was donated by gorgeous customers who shared their earnings from my PopUp clothing event and from my permanent pre-loved shoe range. Big thanks to Kate, Cindy and Michelle. 

Yahhh. $411.75 was donated from all the shoes sold in November. Thanks to everyone who shopping with me ... you're making such a difference!

Thanks to everyone who shopped in December ... as a result, I have donated $211.50 to this amazing charity.

And a further $40 from two wonderful customers: Norma, who donated her portion of a pre-loved shoe sale and Louise, who always gives me a donation most times she visits. Amazing women. 

So from January 2023 sales, I was able to donate $242.50, plus $25 from the lovely Norma who donated her share from a pre-loved shoe sale.

I was proud to donate $648.50 from February sales. This also included a tripling of the donation for each pair sold in the days leading up to International Women's Day. 

Woohooo, I am super proud to donate $1,120.75 from sales in March post International Women's Day that I have tripled because of the terrible cyclone that devastated many regions in Malawi. This amount includes $5 from the lovely Louise, $57.50 from Norma donated from her Pre-Loved shoe sales, $77.50 from Pamela from her Pre-Loved shoe sales and $50 from dear friends Robyn and Peter. 

My donation was sales throughout April was $501.75. That is going to help so many women!

May sales helped to raise $440.50. On top of that is $115 from Therese which is her share of her Pre-Loved shoe sales. Yay!

Well that's a wrap on another financial year! June sales saw a donation of $359, plus $25 from Tracey for her Pre-Loved shoe sale. Yay.

From shoes sold in July, I'm happy to donate $231.25 and on top of that, a further $270 thanks to donations via Pre-Loved shoe sales and a gift card from Tracey, Christine, Therese and Mary-June. 

I was able to donate $421.50 from sales throughout August plus another $49 from Tracey and Cathy. Yay!

In September, I donated $584.25 from sales and then another $170 from Pre-Loved sales, thanks to the gorgeous Tracey M, Christine D and Therese S.

Thanks to everyone who shopped with me in October, I have donated $437 from sales and $30 on behalf of Carenze for her pre-loved shoe sale. Yay!

From all the sales throughout November, I am happy to donate $362.50. Plus three gorgeous customers have donated $105 from their share from the sale of their Pre-Loved shoes: Tracey M, Christine D and Claire K. 

The grand total to date is: $60,117.10.

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!