Freedom Kitchens In the Community
Freedom Kitchens believes in giving back to the community on a regular basis. By doing what we do best – designing fresh kitchen spaces that rejuvenate and generate good vibes – we’re able to brighten the everyday lives of those in need.
Below are some of the projects we’re proud to have worked on.
The Sebastian Foundation
Freedom Kitchens has been working with The Sebastian Foundation since 2014. Founded by singer Guy Sebastian and his TV presenter wife Jules, the charity aims to replace a sense of family where it might be missing through under-privilege, serious illness or domestic violence.
Together, Freedom Kitchens and The Sebastian Foundation have collaborated on the following projects…
The Country Women’s Association
The CWA is the largest women’s organisation in Australia and aims to improve conditions for country women and children. The Sebastian Foundation and Freedom Kitchens first came together to donate a new kitchen to the Country Women’s Association (CWA) back in 2014. In a bid for the kitchen, various CWA branches submitted their cases, with the Gunnedah branch ultimately chosen as the lucky recipient. The kitchen was named The Doreen Baker Community Kitchen, after a blind Gunnedah cook who published her own cookbook in braille in 1968. Doreen Baker died of breast cancer in her 40s, but the kitchen launch was attended by two of her very proud relatives.
The Girls Refuge
Sydney’s only crisis refuge for young girls, The Girls Refuge, is looking brighter than ever after the completion of major renovations in 2016 by the Sebastian Foundation and partners.
Freedom Kitchens provided a bright new kitchen as part of the project, which also included a lounge room and dining area makeover, where young girls in crisis can find comfort in an environment where they feel safe.
Roxanne McMurray, spokeswoman for SOS Women’s Services, said their home now looks better than ever, and the renovations would allow the refuge to help young girls in crisis for many years to come.
Watch the video below to see how lives have been made brighter by Freedom Kitchens’ work with The Sebastian Foundation.
Manly Women’s Shelter
The Sebastian Foundation and Freedom Kitchens teamed up once again to undertake another refuge renovation project for the Manly Women’s Shelter, which supports women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic violence, substance abuse or trauma.
Freedom Kitchens made the most of the space available in in their two separate shelter kitchens, installing Essential range read-to- assemble flatpacks for a quick but highly effective update for both.
The end result is happier and more functional kitchen spaces to help brighten up the stay for guests.
The Children’s Cancer Institute
In 2016 Freedom Kitchens partnered with the Children’s Cancer Institute’s largest annual fundraising event, the Diamond Ball, to raise funds towards a cure for Childhood cancer. The Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer, with a focus on translational research, making sure discoveries are progressed into actual treatments for kids with cancer as quickly as possible.
Freedom Kitchens donated a kitchen to be auctioned at the Diamond Ball to the value of $20,000. The prize winner’s kitchen planning is underway and due to be completed in the coming months – stay tuned for the Before and After.
In 2017, Freedom Kitchens once again supported CCI’s Diamond Ball in both Sydney and Melbourne, donating a $20,000 kitchen for the Sydney event, and a money-can’t-buy experience of a tour of The Block houses in Melbourne.
The inaugural Melbourne event was incredibly successful and raised more than $350,000, whilst the annual Sydney event raised a massive $850,000 for childhood cancer research.
Visit this page again in the coming months to see the prize winners’ completed kitchen photos!
The Starlight Foundation
Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families. Freedom Kitchens has come on board to help in this worthy cause, by renovating the kitchen of the new Starlight Express Room at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. Starlight Express Rooms are a fun, medical-free haven – a break from the relentless cycle of treatments. With a fresh new look, the kitchen will be a key part of a warm and inviting space for families to enjoy when they need to be at the hospital. Check back for Before and After pics in the coming months.