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Why I’m donating my income this 12 months • TOT: HOT OR NOT


After the tumultuous 2+ years we’ve all been experiencing (particularly for these like me working within the journey/tourism trade) I’ve taken the time to mirror on why I do what I do – why did I begin and why do I proceed to publish TOT: HOT OR NOT. 

Why does it exist? 

Who am I serving?

What’s the influence that I’m making an attempt to make?

The conclusion I’ve come to this:

TOT: HOT OR NOT exists to assist make the lives of households extra enjoyable, extra thrilling and extra enriching by inspiring them to discover the wonders of Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Illuminate Scienceworks Anna Encio px

As mother and father and carers, I do know all of us need the identical factor for our children – to supply them a cheerful childhood. 

We solely have a mere 18 summers with our children. In a mean lifetime, that’s not very lengthy in any respect. 

Time with our children is treasured. How can we make these 18 years rely? What emotions and recollections are we sharing with our kids? 

I really feel {that a} completely happy childhood isn’t at all times about stuff – though in fact having your primary wants met is important. 

And I’m positive there are lots of completely happy recollections related to Santa bringing you a toy, getting your first bike, or saving up for the LEGO set that you just’ve at all times needed. 

However ultimately, it’s the sensation surrounding these objects that we come again to. 

You most likely don’t personal that toy, bike or LEGO set anymore. However you continue to bear in mind who gave it to you, the place you had been whenever you acquired it and the sense of anticipation and delight that got here with the merchandise. 

That’s why this 12 months, in addition to aiming to publish beneficial and provoking content material for Melbourne households each week, I made a separate enterprise aim.

I’ll donate a portion of my income to an organisation that enriches households’ lives. 

In 2022 I’m completely happy to announce that I’ve determined to donate to Museums Victoria

Melbourne Museum Wominjeka Welcome outside sign

Thanks for a lifetime of surprise, Museums victoria

Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum have been the place of many completely happy recollections with my children. 

Melbourne Museum Children's Gallery

I first took Girl AB to the Melbourne Museum when she was a child and never even strolling. Now for those who undergo the positioning’s archives, you’ll see what number of occasions and actions we’ve skilled within the eleven years since!  

I wish to suppose that when my children develop up, they’ll carry their children to the museum too. 

Summer Melbourne Museum Featured Image

Donate a family membership to Berry Road

We’ve got been Museums Victoria Family Members for over a decade. 

‘Going to the museum’ is our household’s shorthand for a time of pleasure, connection and studying. 

Bugs Melbourne Museum Ant Colony

So I’m happy to have the ability to donate 20 Museums Victoria Family Memberships to Berry Road to coach and encourage the kids, younger folks and households they serve.

The donation additionally helps Museums Victoria’s work throughout areas equivalent to Local weather Motion analysis, Science and STEM training, First Peoples applications and new exhibitions. 

That’s a win-win in my books! 

Illuminate Scienceworks Anna Encio px

I’ve individually develop into an annual patron and aligned my present in direction of the Immigration Museum

As a Chinese language-born immigrant, this museum tells the tales of individuals like me and the immensely optimistic contribution that immigrants make to Australian society. 

Notably on this time of divisive politics, I believe that the Immigration Museum is essential in all of our lives and deserves our help. 

Plus, for those who go to the ‘Identification’ exhibition inside Immigration Museum you’ll discover that I’m one of many reveals 🙂 

Be the great you need to see on the planet

Past the financial donation, I believe there’s actual energy in being the great that I need to see on the planet. 

How do I do know this? Effectively, this 12 months I began implementing the Barefoot Investor’s method to my children’ pocket cash. 

This implies we use the ‘Jam Jar’ method: every time they receives a commission pocket cash they must divide the gold cash into three jars ‘Spend’, ‘Save’ and ‘Give’. 

The ‘Give’ jar is about educating children why it’s essential to present to others much less fortunate than them. 

Once I shared my charitable giving aim with my children this 12 months my son mentioned that he needed to donate a Family membership too! 

So he’s written a financial savings aim of $100 onto his jar and is counting up his gold cash week by week. His present whole is $16 and I’m so pleased with him. 

Melbourne Museum Childrens Gallery Tiddalick The Frog

My charitable giving aim for TOT: HOT OR NOT

It’s rewarding to function a enterprise that’s financially profitable. 

However after paying my employees, myself, and investing again into the enterprise, my view is that as my enterprise grows, my influence must develop too. 

So yearly I’ll choose a special organisation to donate to – an organisation that enriches households’ lives in the identical approach that I intention to do.

Do you’ve a private or enterprise charitable giving aim?

First Peoples Melbourne Museum Bunjil

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