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 working with Love Your Sister in 2019 for our Gala Ball.
Kelly-Louise is the Founder of Twin Hearts. She is a Mum to identical twin girls and a little boy, wife to Craig and works at as an Executive Assistant. 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 over 25 years, and has worked for the Australian Government Department of Human Services for over twenty 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.
Twin Hearts is excited to announce our next event, Christmas in July! To be held on 24 July 2021 at the Queens Head Hotel the afternoon will feature live music by Ballarat's own Geoff Warner, games, raffles, a best dressed competition and maybe even a visit from the jolly man in red! Tickets are only $20 and include a festive spread of nibbles. Click the link below to secure your tickets now!
Following the success of our 2019 Twin Hearts Love Your Sister Gala Ball, we are beyond excited to launch our 2021 Twin Hearts Love Your Sister Red Carpet Ball on Saturday 16 October 2021 at 7.00pm. This year the event will be held at the Ballarat Trotting Track, and will feature our red carpet photographer, raffles, auctions, a live party band, and a few surprises! Tickets will include a glass of bubbles on arrival, a delicious finger food supper, live entertainment and beer, wine and soft drinks. Tables of 10 or individual tickets will be available for purchase from 1 June 2021. Stay tuned for more information!
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