SupportThem is a platform where consumers will be able to visually explore rural and regional communities and learn about what makes them so unique. Now also being able to reach out and interact with these businesses, customers will also find products that are available for purchase. SupportThem is designed to be a bridge between those seeking to buy Australian Made and the businesses already creating unique and quality produce and craftsmanship.
The platform will give businesses the tools to equip them in order to thrive within a new marketplace, meant not just for now, but for the years to come. This initiative is more than just about saving businesses and communities. It is about helping them grow, keep jobs in rural town and to preserve our unique landscape and culture.
It’s hard to support businesses that you don’t know exist, and even harder when you can’t physically reach out to them. SupportThem not only introduces you to the vast array of communities Australia has to offer but also brings the persona and personality to life. Capturing the spirit and culture of the community. For the first time, customers are finally able to get to know where their purchases come from and gain a once only sought after understanding of these amazing towns.
Our Move builds on the ecosystem that started with Helping Homes. But instead of being a platform that reacts to disasters, Our Move will be a service that prepares for the upcoming bushfire seasons.
A central network that enables people to directly care for one another and post what they may need help with themselves.
There are plenty of communities in fire-affected and high-risk areas that have to prepare for the upcoming summer every year. It sometimes can be a long and tiresome task. Our Move is an online working bee where individuals can post their jobs they need help with, and others can volunteer their skills and time. From back burning to clearing gutters, from help write a fire plan, too buying a fireproof safe for someone who has trouble moving around. Every little bit helps.
HelpingHomes was born out of the 2019/2020 bushfires, the worst we had seen in recorded history. Every year, high-risk fire areas prepared for the upcoming season but nothing could have prepared them for the devastation that would sweep the area.
VicEmergency was broadcasting constant updates on the spread of the fires. With each broadcast, more and more people were speaking up on every known platform, asking where and how they could help. Donations of all kinds were flowing in; it was an emotional time for everyone.
Due to this, Helping Homes was born, a free online network that connects those who need emergency housing with those who can provide it.
In a matter of hours, the technical MVP was done and posted. No one could have imagined how far it would spread. Daniel posted it to Facebook, and the sharing began. Everyone he knew started sharing the link to the site. Before he knew it, it was being shared to Facebook groups and further. It was no longer a Victorian site; requests were coming in so quickly from interstate that it became a nationwide networking site.
There are now over 1000 beds registered on the Helping Homes website. The Australian spirit can never be silenced, especially during emergencies.