Category “Australia, New Zealand”

Amway Australia Announces New Partnership

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014

Sometimes we choose causes to support, and sometimes causes choose us.

Amway Australia has announced a new partnership that came to us through a groundswell of support by Amway Business Owners and employees.

HeartKids Australia helps children with heart disease, which is one of the biggest killers of children under the age of one in the country. In our first project with HeartKids, the One by One Foundation in Australia committed $50,000 to help fund CoaguChek units for children on anticoagulant therapy, to prevent blood clotting.

The CoaguChek unit allows children to monitor their blood from home, eliminating the need for regular and lengthy visits to hospitals for testing. This will help improve the lives of more than 32,000 children living with heart disease around Australia.

We can’t wait to hear more stories as this partnership unfolds.

Thanks to Kevin Lowe and Antonia Krunes for sharing this story.

A little help from our friends

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

When your job is to mobilize people to help children, you end up with some great friends willing to walk alongside you.

Here are some friends of Amway One by One with their own perspectives and words of encouragement. Enjoy!

AUSTRALIA: Teresa Palmer, Movie Actress, Artistry Global Face

LATIN AMERICA: Torre Nelson, Habitat for Humanity

PHILIPPINES: Enchong Dee, Actor, Amway Spokesperson, IBO

USA: Kurt Warner, Former NFL Football Pro, Nutrilite Spokesperson

USA: Liz Bracken, Elves and More

AUSTRIA: Dr. Patricia Ogilvie, Artistry Scientific Advisory Board

KOREA: Choi Ju-Hwan, Korean Association of Welfare Centers

USA: Bridget Clark-Whitney, Kids Food Basket

INDONESIA: Amway Business Owner Leaders

AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND: Michial Coldwell, Amway General Manager

USA: Special Tribute from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Project Announcements: Australia and New Zealand

Tuesday, 22 October, 2013

Amway Australia has worked with a variety of partners, supporting programs driven by employees and ABOs and even spending time volunteering during their incentive trips.

On November 20, our Business Centres across Australia and New Zealand will be hosting events to help raise funds for children. Staff will also be participating in various activities such as volunteering to help disabled children at a Special Olympics day, improving a children’s play area at a local hospital, donating Christmas presents and packing hampers for children in need and raising funds at a special Morning Tea.

We can’t wait to hear the stories!

Tomorrow, we will reveal the November 20 projects in Japan.

 

If you look good, you feel better

Friday, 30 August, 2013

One of the many challenges cancer sufferers face is dealing with the changes to their image such as hair loss and skin discolouration. It can leave them feeling pretty down about themselves.

That’s why Amway New Zealand is proud to help people feel better about themselves by donating over $3000 worth of ARTISTRY and beautycycle products.

The products will go towards the makeover workshops for Look Good… Feel Better, a free volunteer community service to help manage the appearance-related side-effects that may be caused by cancer treatment. Many Amway Independent Business Owners help at the workshops.

“We hope our donation will help women rebuild their confidence as they go through their cancer treatment,” said Simon Bennett from Amway New Zealand.

Thanks to guest writer Alison Hush for sharing this story.

Surf’s up in Australia!

Monday, 8 July, 2013

Who believes there should be no barriers for kids living with a disability?

For many disabled Australian children, it is has always been a dream to ride a wave on a surfboard. A $5,200 donation from the One by One Foundation helps purchase equipment to bring this dream to life. 

A local Amway distributor shared with us the great efforts of the Disabled Surfers Association in helping children to surf. Amway leaders chipped in by providing a beach wheelchair and safety devices.

The result is an incredible experience.

“Sam’s mum Fran has never seen him so animated. You can see the sandcruiser wheelchair with its big tires which can float and get across the sand,” said Ashley Gardner, Vice President of the local Disabled Surfers Association.

Surfing in Australia is one of our great joys and past times. These donations help remove barriers to surfing for scores of disabled children. And some wonderful volunteers make the experience possible.

Happy surfing for everyone!

Thanks to guest blogger Antonia Krunes for sharing this story.

A Growing Network of Caring

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013

Last year, we introduced you to Jim and Nancy Dornan, and their son Eric. They’ve helped to make Power Soccer an opportunity and an inspiration for hundreds of people in power wheelchairs.

But that’s not the only thing they do.

They built Network of Caring, an organization that supports many projects for children around the world, led by Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs). We recently received an update on their latest projects.

The Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games are coming to Australia next December, and Network of Caring is already there with a $100,000 sponsorship, led by local IBOs who will help provide medals to the athletes.

The woman in this photo, taken in South Africa, was helped out of a wheelbarrow and into a new wheelchair through Free Wheelchair Mission, one of nearly 5,000 provided by Network of Caring. This month, they shipped another 550 to Odessa, Ukraine for people in the Kiev area.

Finally, Network of Caring was established in a new country. After years of working in India with the Karuna Sharan Orphans Home and Ambassador High School as well as sponsoring children through World Vision, Network of Caring will finally exist as an officially organized indigenous charity in India.

The Power Soccer story was just one of many examples of how Amway people are identifying the greatest needs for children, and responding with generosity and creativity.

Thanks to Jim and Nancy Dornan, who set a vision and lead by example.

Celebration time becomes giving time

Friday, 5 April, 2013

Amway distributors from Australia and New Zealand shared their celebration with the local community at the annual Achievers incentive trip in Thailand last month. In addition to donating sports equipment, distributor leaders donated their time to help renovate a local school in Phuket. They volunteered more than 1,000 hours painting dormitories, restoring the sports field and building a new welcome garden.

 

As Michial Coldwell, General Manager of Amway Australia & New Zealand shared, “Hundreds of Amway distributors from across Australia & New Zealand have qualified and worked really hard to come to Phuket on a great business trip, yet they are here in a school in Phuket giving up their time in order to help paint and renovate this school which was affected by the tsunami. This is all about unifying people across cultures to accomplish one common goal: helping children.”

Click here to see the full photo album. Thanks to Antonia Krunes for sharing this story, and congratulations to all of our Achievers!

10 Years, 10 Million Children

Thursday, 24 January, 2013

We have reached an important milestone.

The Amway One by One Campaign for Children has been transforming lives for 10 years.

What started as a corporate initiative in 2003 has become a grassroots movement of Amway distributors and employees helping children around the world. While Amway affiliates build alliances with local partners, it is the 3 million distributors and 20,000 employees who have helped us to bring our efforts for children to scale.

At the end of 2012, we have counted 10 million children who have been positively impacted through Amway One by One.

Actions include building hospital playrooms in Russia, enabling better nutrition at schools in rural China, providing customized bikes for children with disabilities in Australia, constructing homes in Guatemala and mentoring urban youth in the United States. There are more examples in every region where Amway does business.

Amway One by One has always been about inspiring and encouraging individual actions for children in need. Now, looking back over ten years, we see a beautiful mosaic of hope, inspiration and generosity.

Thanks to everyone who has joined Amway to build better lives for children in our communities.

This year, we celebrate these accomplishments and recognize the work of so many Amway people. But we also challenge ourselves to deepen our efforts, and will close the year with a demonstration of collective support for children in need, around the world.

Southeast Asia: Diverse Region, Diverse Partnerships

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013

Our global review concludes in Southeast Asia, where the work for children is as diverse as the many Amway markets in that region.

Amway Australia continued to roll out the partnerships identified during its 40th anniversary celebration year, featuring programs like neonatal equipment donations, sports equipment for children with special needs (delivered by cricket superstar Adam Gilchrist), and therapy for children with Autism. Amway distributors on an incentive trip to Fiji also took time to help renovate a flood damaged school, with more than 300 participating.

 

A partnership in Indonesia that started six years ago was still going strong in 2012. After a devastating earthquake struck a remote area in 2006, Amway Indonesia partnered with local employees and distributors to focus on rebuilding two elementary schools. The partnership continues to last, as Amway employees and distributors support the ongoing education at these two schools, providing uniforms, books and shoes for the students, and visiting once each year.

 

In Malaysia, Amway leaders launched a new partnership to help children in remote areas learn through the act of play, using musical therapy. An organization called Hands Percussion started the Balik Kampung (Homecoming) as a way to support local communities. Amway distributors are taking part as both volunteers and contributors to make the program a success.

 

Amway Philippines celebrated its 15 year anniversary and marked the occasion by reading and telling stories to young students to improve their literacy skills, and to build a passion for reading. Over the past several years, Amway Philippines has donated books and mobilized volunteers to read and tell stories.

 

Amway Singapore continued its support of the Singapore Children’s Society to enhance self-esteem, improve math skills, explore personal interests and translate life values into daily values for young children.

 

Two innovative programs were launched in Thailand last year, both focused on literacy. The first utilized a phone app to allow users to send books to remote areas of the country. The second was a mobile library, 70 of them to be exact, that were sent to schools across the country by Amway.

 

In Vietnam, Amway extended its support for children with health care needs by partnering with the government to provide medical aid, educational support, vocational and agricultural training in the economically challenged Thanh Hoa province.

 

Expect to see more in 2013, with some big announcements coming later this week!

A special day in Fiji

Friday, 25 May, 2012

Three hundred volunteers. One hundred students. Five villages. One future doctor. It all adds up to what happened on May 21, 2012 in Lomawai, Fiji, at a local school near the Amway Australia and New Zealand Achievers event.

There, Amway Independent Business Owners renovated a flood-damaged school that serves remote villages and provides hope to students whose families are likely living on less than $5 per day.

An invitation from an eight-year-old student at the Wai District School prompted IBOs to spend the day constructing new tables and benches; repairing desks; repainting blackboards and ceilings; bringing new life to the outdoor play areas and the bus shelter; and making the library a fuller, happier place to study.

The students showed their appreciation through dance and song, and welcomed the help with open arms and smiling faces. One IBO described the day’s work like this: “It’s nice to be here and contributing, really making a difference so when we leave here, we’ll leave behind something a lot better.”

As the invitations stated: “No experience necessary – just a giving heart.”

When it comes to Amway IBOs, those are never in short supply.

 Thanks to Cindy Droog and Kevin Lowe for sharing this story.