Charity is in Melissa's blood. From a young age, her mother taught her about giving through donations and trips to wildlife conservations. Charitable work is at the centre of Melissa's focus, both personal and professional. From donating funds raised by selling her work to charities, to volunteering in Uganda with OrphFund, to supporting organisations protecting orangutans and elephants in Borneo and Laos respectively, Melissa is constantly seeking new ways to make her own contribution towards helping people, animals and the planet.
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Fundraiser for charity – through the sale of Melissa's 'Nepal' zine, $11,887.74 AUD was raised with the full profits donated to the Namaste Nepal Appeal.
Uganda / OrphFund
In March 2016, Melissa was a part of a volunteer group who visited Uganda with OrphFund. OrphFund is a grassroots organisation powered 100% by volunteer involvement, including local Ugandan partners. This means every dollar reaches the kids! OrphFund is infused with love, soul, energy, creativity and all things that make life better for anyone in the world, let alone the most vulnerable of children. Through the help of social media, Melissa was able to raise and donate $7085.00 (AUD) to OrphFund.