Behind the scenes with Cate from Project 18

Happy Monday Folks! Today we take you behind the scenes with Cate Bolt from Project 18. Cate is a mother, wife, humanitarian, author and conservationist. Her commitment, vision and work for her charity Project 18 is truly inspiring, she also manages to do all this while raising NINE children ranging in age from 3 – 18.

Project 18 - Interview with Cate Bolt

Project 18 is…
Project 18 is a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to raising funds for humanitarian and conservation projects, the first of which is an orphanage and wildlife refuge in Indonesia. Project 18 focuses heavily on education and awareness, and believes that the key to a brighter future lies with raising children to live more sustainable and compassionate lives.

I’m passionate about conservation and humanitarian aid in Indonesia because…
Indonesia is so close to Australia and is in such bleak contrast to the abundance we enjoy. Indonesia is home to 1.8 million homeless children, living in abject poverty and subject to exploitation. It is also home to some of them most exquisite and critically endangered animal species on the planet.

Project 18 - Handmade Kids Clothes

The most common question people ask me about Project 18 is…
“Why?” – And I answer “Because I can”. We all can do something to help someone less fortunate than ourselves, and no matter how bad our lives might seem on any given day, there is always someone far, far worse off than ourselves. If everyone made a conscious decision to improve some small part of the world, the entire world would be a better place. We can’t all wait for someone else to start a revolution.

The Project 18 humanitarian / conservation mission will be funded by…
A range of fundraising activities, including the orphanage sewing project, special events, raffles, the Planet You video series and whatever other crazy ideas we come up with along the way.

The Project 18 sewing project involves…
Making a range of saleable items from recycled, reclaimed or remnant materials. The project was started by myself but will be taken over by the house mothers in Indonesia, while their children are at school during the day. We’re making a whole range of items from kids clothing to bags, purses and home decorating items.

Project 18 Handmade Women's Handbags

Fabrics in the Project 18 dresses are…
Our fantastic sponsors and generally come in small quantities, so nearly every dress that we make is an original and unique. A small piece of fabric remnant can give us enough money to feed a child for an entire MONTH. Every cent of the purchase goes directly towards saving lives. .. {note from the editor.. you can see a couple of examples of these gorgeous dresses above. Be sure to drop by and check out the full range, available in a variety of gorgeous colours and sizes}

When my kids describe what Mum does for a living they say…
The older ones say “Just savin’ the world, brotha” (a quote from the only TV show I usually watch, Lost) and the younger ones would say I’m “trying to look after the kids who don’t have a mother or father, and saving the orangutans from palm oil”

Project 18 Shop - Kids Applique T-shirts

The most satisfying aspect of the project is…
Having a purpose, being involved in something that isn’t about me. Having the ability to save lives and make real global change and having the ability to teach my kids that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.

The most challenging aspect of the project is…
Raising funds. Hands-down! Getting people to part with their money is a lot harder than I had expected.

My goal for the next 12 months is…
To take at least 10 children off the streets and raise $1,000,000AU to start our reforestation project and full-scale orphanage village in Sumatra.

Thank you Cate, we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better.

If you’d like to learn more about Project 18, please visit Cate online. You can also make a donation through her website, or shop for cool handmade products from the Project 18 shop.


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