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For those of you who have been following my journey, you would know that this year I have partnered up with United World Schools (USW) and made a promise to build 3 Cambodian schools in 3 years.
This is a cause very dear to my heart as I believe every child deserves an education and thats it is an essential part to ending child trafficking.
Joining me in this fight, are the amazing Vanessa and Tony Johnson from Styleness who have made an incredibly generous contribution to UWS and feel very much the same about giving the gift of education to children in need.
Check out their story below:
Who are vanessa and tony – Personally and Professionally?
Vanessa and Tony are local residents of the Northern Beaches of Sydney for over 40 years. Just like many families, they have and continue to work extremely hard from a young age to succeed.
Along with a family of three children, their passion is in property and real estate.
Styleness founder and creative director Vanessa, brings over 15 years of knowledge and experience within the industry, ensuring a personal understanding of Home Staging and Property Styling.
Her association with the International Institute of Home Staging and further training at Coco Republic Design School has given Vanessa an opportunity to expand her knowledge and understanding within the industry.
Alongside Vanessa is her husband and Associate Director Tony Johnson. Tony brings a wealth of experience and support to the business through his 26 years in the development and building industry.
Tony & Vanessa’s portfolio includes an expansive amount of properties on the Northern Beaches, prepared and sold in record times along with an extensive knowledge in renovating, building and design.
Tell us a little bit about your involvement with UWS and Naomi Findlay’s mission to build 3 school in 3 years in Cambodia?
As members of the International Institute of Home Staging, Naomi and her team hold annual symposiums across the country to further educate and develop the skills of Property Stylist and Home Staging businesses within the industry. Naomi raised her mission within the Melbourne Symposium in 2017 for an opportunity and goal of giving back. Naomi’s passion and story started by saying, “Being parents of four children, we want to help those in truly desperate need and believe that an education provides significant opportunity to build and help communities”.
Our involvement at Styleness was to not only provide a financial partnership with Naomi to build 3 schools in 3 years, but to actively be involved as a family and travel to Cambodia with our 3 children. To assist in building the schools we would then truly appreciate the culture and experience first-hand on how our involvement will give the local community and children of Cambodia the education that we in developed countries take for granted.
The priceless memories our children will endure on the 3-year pilgrimage over 7 days shall be seen as an important understanding of the selflessness attitude and good will life has in helping those in need today and whom they mentor in the future.
why styleness thinks it’s important to give back?
Vanessa and Tony along with their family are dedicated to giving back to the community not only with financial support but with their own time.
Tony noted that Philanthropy is an important part of our society, the community locally and worldwide. Although seen to be different than charity, which focuses on eliminating the suffering caused by social problems, Styleness along with other supporters of philanthropy focus on the elimination of social problems. Supporting initiatives from UWS and Naomi Findlay enables “giving back’ the opportunity to change lives.
What would you say to encourage others to give the ultimate gift of education?
As a fellow philanthropist Anthony Pratt states, “The challenge we all face is to give with our hearts, mind and soul….to bring others along to improve the lives of the less fortunate”.
At Styleness our mission is to create a legacy of selflessness and good will to enhance the wellbeing and opportunities within education and community welfare today and well into the future.
If you would like to get involved in our Build a School project, you can find out more here.
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