Crossroads Foundation founders awarded Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

26 Jan

Congratulations to Malcolm and Sally Begbie, founders of Crossroads Foundation for being appointed Officers of the Order of Australia for establishing Crossroads, a unique humanitarian relief organisation.

The awards have been granted to each, recognising over 30 years of distinguished humanitarian service, including the founding of the Crossroads Foundation in Hong Kong, 17 years ago.

The awards also cite the work they have undertaken with the United Nations in facilitating UN/business partnerships to combat global issues. http://business.un.org.

Crossroads Foundation was founded by Malcolm Begbie, a chartered accountant and Sally Begbie, a PR consultant. Originally started as a support organization for charities, the appeal for blankets and clothes following floods in Northern China in 1995 changed their mission. From a small organization that shipped 19 cartons of relief supplies in 1995, today Crossroads has goods equating to 100 x 40′ containers operating from a site that covers 600,000 square feet (14 acres), fielding requests from 106 countries.

Instead of ending up in landfill, unwanted items are channelled to people whose lives may be renewed or even saved as a result. And that is how this organisation came upon its name. It is indeed a crossroads, an intersection of need and resource.

Their Mission: Crossroads Foundation is a Hong Kong based, non-profit organisation serving global need. We believe that, in a broken world that sees too much suffering, we should do all we can to link those who are in need with those who can provide help. So we provide an intersection, literally a crossroads, to bring both together.

Volunteering: Goods flood into the Crossroads warehouse. So do requests. In theory, Crossroads should have an empty warehouse. In actuality, Crossroads has a full one. The problem? Crossroads does not have enough people to process the goods at the needed rate. You can help in a number of areas including light work helping the sorting, carpentry, IT, fundraising, etc. For information on volunteer opportunities, visit their website.

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