Twin Hearts is based in Ballarat, where our founder Kelly-Louise was born and bred. Having also spent time, living and working in Kenya and Tanzania, Kelly-Louise is passionate about helping break the poverty cycle for women and children around the world. It was this passion that drove Kelly-Louise to create Twin Hearts.
Twin Hearts raises funds for small, local organisations and causes that perhaps don’t get the funding or recognition that larger organisations get. For each local cause or charity that we raise funds for, we also seek out a sister charity in Tanzania to donate a portion of the raised funds to.
Some of the causes Twin Hearts have supported so far include First Night Care Packs, The Yuille Park Young Parents Program, Wendouree 1st Scouts, WRISC, Pamoja, Investours Dar es Saalam, Twice as Good, Girls not Brides and Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Community Organization (KWIECO), as well as ongoing partnership with Love Your Sister which started in 2019 with our extremely successful Gala Ball.
Kelly-Louise is the Founder of Twin Hearts. She is a busy Mum to identical twin girls and a little boy, and works at as an Employment Mentor with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Kelly-Louise spent over 6 years working as an ambassador and international intern for Global Volunteers Network, on their 'Eat So They Can' program, as well as living in Kenya and working at Caroline Wambui Children’s Home.
When not working in the Twin Hearts office, Kelly-Louise can be seen appearing in local musical theatre productions, belting out a tune with a glass of wine in hand at a karaoke show or playing with her tribe!
Jackie worked as a psychiatric nurse, educator and manager for 40 years before retiring from professional work. She holds many tertiary qualifications, and has varied experience working with committees and community organisations.
Jackie is married to a farmer, and shares her time between working in the farm office, caring for her grandchildren, working as secretary extraordinaire to Twin Hearts, as well as volunteering at the Ballarat Police station as a Justice of the Peace. She is proud to be the mother of Twin Hearts Inc founder Kelly-Louise Austin.
Mum of two and small business owner, Flo loves all things numbers and fun so it was a no brainer when she nominated for Treasurer. Flo enjoys creating memorable events and loves that Twin Hearts act on a local and Global level.
Kylie Macdonald is an Education Support Leader and staff member at Urquhart Park Primary School. She is busy studying a Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood and Primary online. Kylie also works at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
In her spare time Kylie enjoys all aspects of Musical Theatre, whether that’s performing, working backstage watching or listening to soundtracks.
Kylie is excited to continue her role of Vice President on the committee and is looking forward to organizing many wonderful events to support charities, both locally and overseas!
Melanie Walker is an instructional designer and an emergency fire dispatcher and call-taker at ESTA for the past 9 years. Her love for helping and supporting the community was a motivator to reaching out to the Twin Hearts team.
Melanie has recently become a mum and has been sharing her love for music (especially aussie hip hop) with her daughter Eleanor. Melanie is very excited to see what this year has in store for Twin Hearts.
Born in Shepparton, Craig has lived in Ballarat for almost 30 years, and has worked for Services Australia for nearly 25 years. He has a Diploma of Community Services Work from Federation University.
Raised with a strong sense of social justice, Craig was delighted to be asked to join the Twin Hearts Committee.“It’s exciting to be part of an organisation that not only raises awareness of important issues, but can make a difference in so many people’s lives.”
Maxine is a local singing teacher who has been involved with community theatre since the age of 10. A self-confessed vocal nerd, she also loves to cook and read. Joining the Twin Hearts committee in 2020, Max is excited to be involved with projects which will benefit people both abroad and here at home.
Following the cancellation of our 2021 Twin Hearts Love Your Sister Gala Ball, an announcement regarding the 2022 event will be made soon. Stay tuned here, and to our Facebook page for details!
Love Your Sister is bringing all of Ballarat together for a massive Family Fun Day fundraising event with music, food stalls and heaps of activities for kids of all ages!
Australia’s favourite cancer vanquisher Samuel Johnson OAM will be there with bells on to thank you all in person and announce the total amount raised by your community.
Featuring market stalls, food trucks, live music and games and activities for kids of all ages!
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