The idea was inspired by one of Olivia’s friends, who had chosen to fundraise for a favourite charity for their birthday. “We loved the idea and started to look around for a suitable charity that Olivia might like to support for her fifth birthday,” Martine says. “When we started to talk about her donating a cow to a family in need in a country like Uganda, she became really enthused about the idea.”
Martine says the fundraising activity gave Olivia the opportunity to learn more about other cultures and people in the world. “Our goal was to teach Olivia to think of others who do not have the opportunities and resources that we have access to, and to realise how lucky she is here in Australia,” Martine says.
“We used the opportunity to research a bit about life in Uganda for children, which was also really interesting for all of us.
“I think charity fundraising activities can give children an awareness that their experience of the world is not necessarily the same as that of so many children in other countries, and yet they have much in common also.”