The month of December is always frantic. There's all those Christmas parties, catching up with people, who, let's face it, we usually don't see during the year, and preparing for Christmas. However, sometimes we all get so caught up stressing over buying the perfect present, or making sure we have enough festive food and drinks for the month that we don't realise that there are others out there who aren't so lucky.
Similarly to the last festive season EATSS decide to help those a little closer to home. This year we decided to participate in the Geelong Advertiser's 'Adopt a Family' Appeal, whereby we "adopted" a local family who weren't going to experience the Christmas we new we would. We went about shopping and purchased gifts and food for the family we had been allocated. We were happy to be able to give a family somewhere in the Geelong region a semblance of a Christmas this year. However, in the midst of preparing for our Christmas shopping spree, we received some sad news. Bree, a mother of two young boys and a close friend of big supporters of EATSS, suddenly and tragically passed away. This was not the Christmas that this family was expecting, nor should anyone have to experience. So our friends at Elite Training Centre and Main Event Muay Thai sprung into action! The open day they were preparing for became a fundraiser for Bree's boys and so many generous people joined in to lend a hand, donate money or auction items and donate their time and talent all to help these kids. Although tinged with sadness, it was a successful day and people turned out to support where they could (including purchasing our protein balls). Therefore, for the month of December the proceeds from ALL of our sales will be donated to 'For the Boys' and hopefully will light a little spark in this kids' future without there mum.
Orders are still open, so if you'd like to contribute to this cause (and your health), send through your orders. Alternatively, you can check out the Go Fund Me page which has been set for the boys, if you would like to donate.
Balls for Beds
Well, we’re finally over our jet lag (mostly), suitcases unpacked, the washing done and Hunter is home, and we are both still on cloud nine after visiting Thailand for another EATSS donation. We made our way back to the Phuket Special Education Centre in Kathu where we had visited last year and were able to donate items to the 40-odd students. Unfortunately, we happened to arrive on the one day of the year where a large majority of students were off-site having health checks with UNESCO. However, while most of the students were not there we did get the opportunity to have another tour of the school and speak with the school administrators about the progress of the school and how EATSS may have been able to assist further. We were able to look at the progress of the accommodation which is being built onsite and the new vegetable garden which is tended to by the students, and will allow them to have home grown veggies with their meals. We were saddened to see that due to a lack of funds (or none at all), the building of the onsite accommodation had been put on hold indefinitely. However, the school staff were hoping that the government would be able to make available more funds to complete the building as well as a hydrotherapy pool and library for the students; a student body, which had grown in numbers since we had first visited in October last year.
Having spotted the play equipment we donated last year when we walked in we were happy to see that it was frequently used by the students and we were keen to know if there was anything else we could assist with. As it turns out, there was! True to our name (Eat and They Shall Sleep), we donated hospital beds (frames, mattresses, sheets and pillows) to the school, much to the delight of the staff (and us!). We handed over the money with huge smiles on our faces and knew that all that ball rolling had been worth it!
But the rolling won’t stop there. We intend to continue visiting the beautiful people of Thailand and assist those in need in any way we can. We will continue to sell our protein balls and products whereby the proceeds go towards mattresses for children in need, however, we are also looking towards the future opening of the hydrotherapy pool and library at the Special Education Centre, which will need equipment, aides and books. Therefore, we are also on the lookout for items such as these for us to donate on our next EATSS trip (2017).
So, thank you! From the bottom of our hearts we say a huge THANKS for buying our balls, donating and supporting us on this journey. We couldn’t have done (and continue to do) any of this without you ball munchers.
Much love and gratitude,
Donna & Phoebe
PS. The silly season is upon us, so get your orders in ASAP because every ball counts :)
All in the name of balls & love.
Eat and They Shall Sleep (EATSS) is a side project and our passion. We (Donna & Phoebe) both run our own individual businesses as well working other jobs, studying and rolling. And we are extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve.
In July 2015 we sold our very first EATSS protein ball. Since that time we have rolled and sold thousands of balls and been able to donate bedding, toys and food to children in need in Thailand as well as Geelong. This is the foundation of EATSS to sell protein balls in order to donate to those in need. In doing so, we DO NOT make a profit from making and selling our balls. We receive no money or wages for ourselves, not a single cent. Zip! Zilch! Nada! Zero! The money that we receive for our protein balls goes towards donating goods (minus our ingredients' costs) to causes close to our hearts. It does not financially benefit us in any way. We do it because we love it and we want to give back.
We mix, chop, roll, sell and deliver all in the hope that people will love our product enough to buy it and thus for EATSS to be able to donate goods to the needy.
Our trips to Thailand are funded solely and completely by ourselves. We do all our own social media, marketing, bookkeeping and deliveries with no financial assistance from EATSS. We are lucky enough to have a band of family and friends around us for help and support.
From the bottom of our hearts we say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has been involved and supported us thus far. It's only the beginning.
Stop! Collaborate & listen...
In mid-February we started a new collaboration with King of the Castle Café in Geelong. The King himself, Robbie has been so supportive of EATSS and our vision and he is also a huge supporter of Geelong and everything our great city encompasses – from small businesses, local talent and local charities that support those in need, one of which is Give Where You Live. The charity was established in 1954 and is in place to help with Geelong’s most vulnerable people and ‘aims to provide leadership to help create a Geelong and regional community in which all people can reach their full potential not constrained by health, education or income disadvantage.’
With Donna’s innovation and expertise, and Phoebe’s taste-testing skills EATSS produced a special protein cookie especially for King of the Castle and Give Where You Live. These cookies are still as nutritionally valuable as our protein balls and are all gluten free, dairy free, sugar free and vegan and the flavours are changing by the week! AND, we are donating the proceeds from their sales to Give Where You Live. At the end of February, after only a few weeks, we dropped into King of the Castle and very happily donated $260 to the cause from the sale of our new cookies.
So, we urge you to head into King of the Castle and not only support two local Geelong businesses, but also a local Geelong charity who are helping the betterment of our great city. So, help a cause (and your sweet cravings) by buying a cookie. And keep your eye on King of the Castle’s Facebook and Instagram pages for all of their upcoming events in support of this great cause.
Check out the Give Where You Live website for more information about what they do in, around and for the Geelong and regional community – www.givewhereyoulive.com.au
Donna & Phoebe x
What a year...
Wow! What a festive season it was. After returning from Thailand in mid-November we were immediately back in the swing of things. No rest for the wicked!
We were busy makin’, rollin’, ballin’ and deliverin’ to cafés around the Geelong and Surf Coast area with a few special Christmas flavours making an appearance – White Christmas, Gingerbread and Plum Pudding. Quality Control at EATSS HQ can be an arduous task some days ;)
In amongst all the taste testing we put our best elf ears on and hit the shops; Christmas was always a special time in both Donna and Phoebe’s households when growing up (and, let’s be honest, nothing much has changed for the 2 biggest of kids). However, sadly, not all children can experience Christmas the way we were both lucky enough to. So, a few weeks before Christmas and with some help from the sale of EATSS protein balls we were able to go a bit crazy and shop up a storm for some local girls and boys. Due to the support we had been shown by you all in 2015 we were able to purchase and donate gifts to those less fortunate. Our first port of call was a recently established drop-in centre and shelter for women and children. We met with Rob and Denise at Geelong Inclusive who were launching the centre from the ground up, which runs solely on donations from the local community. The shelter is a safe place for women and children who, for various reasons are unable to stay in their homes. We also donated toys and gifts to the Kmart Wishing Tree at our local Kmart in Belmont, Victoria. Hopefully with these gifts we were able to bring a smile to at least one child’s face over this festive season.
Thank you for your support during 2015!
We are back into the full swing of things for 2016. Keep an eye out for a few exciting things to come this year. And keep those orders coming!
Donna & Phoebe
Our first visit to the Phuket Special Education Centre left a lasting impression. The kids we met may not have had much, many of whom came from poverty and all of which had a physical and/or mental disability, yet all had the biggest smiles and fun loving nature. Therefore, a few days after our initial visit, with some left over money we had decided to buy toys, pens, pencils, pillows and food for the students. The excitement and smiles on their faces when they saw the loot was worth more than any monetary amount.
The Thai Government is in the process of building accommodation on the school site, therefore with further sales of EATSS protein balls and the upcoming recipe book we will have further avenues to be able to help with.
One of our biggest supporters and stockists in Geelong is Top Tier Muay Thai. The Thai Boxing gym located in South Geelong has EATSS protein balls available for purchase by their members; from the beginning we said that with Top Tier’s sales of EATSS balls we would contribute to a cause close to their heart. Therefore it was with the proceeds of these sales which were able to purchase new pairs of boxing gloves for 6 of the young Muay Thai fighters from Sitsongpeenong in Surin Beach. Donna had spent two weeks training at the gym and had noticed that the gloves the kids had been using were old pairs found around the gym, she then had the idea to donate the materials which they needed the most – gloves! On our final day in Thailand we were able to give six very grateful young kids their first ever pair of new boxing gloves.
And, now we’re back and getting into the Christmas spirit. Keep an eye out for our Christmas-themed balls. And with all our sales we continue to help Thai children in need.
Donna & Phoebe
Updates from our most recent trip
The original philosophy behind EATSS was to provide bedding for Thai children in need. This is a philosophy which we still stand firmly by. However, on arriving at one of the more publicised orphanages in Phuket we were dismayed. Whilst this orphanage was in need of assistance we were told that the organisation had more than enough material items and would only accept cash donations.
When we established EATSS we stipulated that we would not be donating monetary amounts, but required materials only.
Today, with the help and guidance of a few invaluable individuals we were able to visit the Phuket Special Education Centre. The Centre was established in July 2000 and currently has between 40-45 students between the ages of 4-16 years. Students at the Centre have a range of disabilities including visual and hearing impairment, intellectual disorders, autism and physical and mental impairments and are looked after and taught by a passionate group of individuals. The facilities are minimal, and some quite run down, however we were able to sit down the 3 managers and discuss (and mime) what EATSS might be able to help with. Within a few hours we were back at the Centre assembling a new playground and equipment for the School and its beautiful students. Without your help we would not have been able to see the faces of nearly 50 students light up at the sight of something that would give them so much joy.
We are not done yet, and there are still people to meet and talk to about what we can do to help, but we are so lucky to be able to have the ability to help those in need and establish a lasting impact and foundation for future assistance to these kids.
All our love and gratitude, Donna & Phoebe