Successful Fundraising / Awareness Raising Stories

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Here are a few stories of people who believed that they could make a difference, and they have!

Sacred Heart, Geelong

From Phoebe Savickas, René Bartolo, Charlotte Bucki-Smith and Sophie Dowling

On the first of September, all the Year Nines from Sacred Heart College Geelong were involved in a social justice luncheon. It was run by us, the year level leaders, in order to raise money for ‘Bahay Tuluyan’ through giving a gold coin donation. We set it up by using the population percentages from the miniature earth video. Everyone was split up into three different categories:

  •  Brown (Extremely Poor): 180 people – Single bread roll
  •  Red (Moderately Poor): 80 people – Soup and bread roll
  •  Green (Very Rich): 20 people – Party pies, Sausage rolls, Cupcakes, Chips and Chocolate

Then we proceeded to go to every group to ask how they felt. Many people were outraged and were complaining it wasn’t fair. We asked the students whether they believed in their current lives they were rich or poor. Many girls said they would rate themselves in the richest 30% of the world. With that in mind we showed the miniature world video and some facts about world hunger. After watching the miniature earth video we posed the same question as before, many of the girls answers changed dramatically.

All of the 250 people in our year level really learned a lesson about world poverty, and how fortunate we really are. This also allowed us to realise how unfair and unjust world poverty is. We all now understand that we need to make a change and work towards ending world poverty.


Pet Rocks

Oliver (5) and Joshua (3) wanted to help the children of Bahay Tuluyan. They collected rocks and added googly eyes, hair and mouths to create pet rocks. They sold them for ‘$1 or more’ to everyone they met. The rocks were in high demand and the boys raised over $1000. Their largest order was for hundreds of pet rocks as teacher Christmas presents for a secondary college!

James Kinder Art

James (5) wanted to make a difference. He created works of art at kinder and sold them for 10c. He raised hundreds of dollars. When he visited the Philippines with his family, he helped to buy bags of rice for the children of Bahay Tuluyan.

YouTube Video of Rocks and Kinder Art efforts

A Home of Our Own Campaign

Facing eviction from hospital grounds, Bahay Tuluyan needed a ‘Home Of Our Own’. With the ambitious dream to raise $1,000,000, the support of BTPA was invaluable. With the generosity of the Planet Wheeler foundation and the culmination of many fundraisers, the dream has been realised. Bahay Tuluyan has now built their own centre in Manila which will assist thousands of the world’s most vulnerable children.

School Fundraisers

Inspired by the KidsView conferences, many schools embark on efforts to support the ongoing work of Bahay Tuluyan. Schools have held casual clothes days, toy sales, competitions, markets, concerts as successful fundraisers for BTPA.