When the dynamic Brisbane-based Juliette Wright was inundated with baby gifts after the arrival of her second child, she decided to do more than simply leave them out the front of her local charity store. The surprising realisation that most charities have a need for specific items rather than bags of unwanted goods sparked something in Juliette’s mind that combined a philanthropic spirit with an unbridled need to make a difference, and that’s how her charity GIVIT was born...
The online platform works directly with charities to help source essential items that will help those in need – meaning charities aren’t overloaded with unwanted items.
The premise of matching donations with specific requests played a vital role in the 2011 Queensland floods, where GIVIT managed to source and match over 33,500 donations in three weeks to those affected. This feat also saw Juliette honoured with the 2015 Local Hero Award by the National Australia Day Council.
Juliette’s passion for community and her drive to alleviate poverty are nothing short of inspirational. In 2018, she told us how GIVIT and motherhood help to give her a balanced and meaningful life, but in light of the Australian bushfire crisis (where GIVIT is playing a major role in distributing goods to those in desperate need), we thought it was time to re-share her inspiring story.
Photography: Julie Adams | Hair and makeup: Sarina Zoe | Words: Marisa Remond | Go to www.givit.org.au