“The entire Coles campaign started with a simple conversation at work. It just goes to show how everyday Australians can use connections and relationships to make a real difference.”
Rachel Clune

Rachel Clune was worried that she wasn’t wealthy enough, or influential enough to make a real contribution to building Hummingbird House.

“I thought ‘What could I possibly do? I’m not Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey, I’m just an ordinary Australian.”

But inspired by the fundraising efforts of others, and grateful for the health and happiness of her own three children, Rachel was determined to find a way to do more, and started with her employer Coles.

Rachel used a chance meeting with Coles’ State Marketing Manager, Jodie Summers to pitch the idea that her store, Coles Robina, could find a way to support the cause.   The response far exceeded Rachel’s hopes.

“What Jodie and Coles came back with was beyond my dreams. Instead of one store participating, Coles opened it up to any Coles store in Queensland that wanted to opt in, which is great because the families who need Hummingbird House come from right across the state,” Rachel said.

Rachel made the necessary introductions between the Coles and Hummingbird House teams, and within months the Hummingbird House Coles Campaign was in full swing across 61 stores in Queensland.

“With help from Hummingbird House, we took charge and made it happen. It makes me so proud to work for a company that is making a real difference to Queensland families in need,” Rachel said.

In five short weeks the 2014 Hummingbird House Coles campaign raised $113,158 to support the building project, and raise awareness of the need for a children’s hospice in Queensland throughout the state.

 Since then, another three campaigns have taken place, and all Coles stores in Queensland are now involved. Together, the four Coles Campaigns have raised over $800,000. Coles have also announced a further donation of $52,000 to fund food supplies for the Hummingbird House kitchen.

When asked if she appreciates the significance of her role in instigating the campaign, and the benefits that it will bring Rachel was quite coy.

“I had always hoped to do something really important in my life, to make a difference for people in need.  I’d like to think that’s what I’ve done here by playing a small part in helping Hummingbird House.”

“The entire Coles campaign started with a simple conversation at work. It just goes to show how everyday Australians can use connections and relationships to make a real difference.”