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Thank you Fred Hollows Foundation

Throughout the 2010-11 financial year Brio Group worked closely with The Fred Hollows Foundation to give the gift of sight to the equivalent of 365 people. The team surpassed this goal by giving the Foundation 545 gifts of sight (or raising $13,627).

The Fred Hollows Foundation is an independent and non-profit international development organization that focuses on blindness prevention and Australian indigenous health.

We chose The Fred Hollows Foundation as our team felt strongly about this important cause, because for us, vision is an integral part of our business. We help give vision to our clients by providing meaningful design and strategic branding services. So, we thought what better way to give back to the community, than by supporting an organisation that works hard towards repairing and restoring vision. Plus we’re very inspired by Fred Hollows – an Australian who has left a legacy to help people long after he has gone.

Brio is thrilled to have supported the Foundation and contribute to their mighty achievement of performing 194,903 eye operations and treatments in 2010.

We thank the Fred Hollows Foundation for the relationship we formed over the year and for the beautiful framed photo, signed by Fred Hollows widow Gabi, that now hangs proudly in Brio HQ.

Fred Hollows Foundation 2010 by the numbers

  • 194,903 eye operations and treatments
  • Examined over 1.3 million people
  • Trained 12,961 health professionals, providing essential eye care to some of the world’s poorest regions

To find out more about the Fred Hollows Foundation visit www.hollows.org.au

Yours in 365 ways we care,


Brio Group celebrates Rhylee’s ‘Switch On’ Ceremony at the Hear and Say Centre


Everyday at Brio Group our team works hard to help our clients’ businesses grow, blossom and become the best they can be. This is made possible because of our amazing team, who together become the life force of Brio.

One day we asked: what if we could use our skills to help people on a larger scale – to really make a difference to somebody’s life every single day? Enter: 365 Ways We Care – Brio Group’s Charity Program.

Our team goal is to donate a percentage of our turnover to a charity every financial year. So the more successful we become, the more people we can help!

Last year Brio Group supported the Fred Hollows Foundation – a wonderful independent and non-profit organisation that focuses on blindness prevention and Australian indigenous health. We gave the gift of sight to the equivalent of 545 people – smashing our team goal of 365 – which was one for every day of the year.

This year we’re proud to announce that Brio Group has set a team goal – to support the Hear and Say Centre by sponsoring a child. This will allow us to help give the gift of sound and speech, changing our sponsor child’s life forever. We’ve just met Rhylee, a 4 year old boy who lives in the south of Brisbane, who’s journey we will follow over the next 12 months.

Yesterday we were invited to join Rhylee’s family and friends at his ‘Switch On’ ceremony where his cochlear implants were switched on for the very first time. It was an incredibly moving experience to see Rhylee hear again and see the beginning of his sound and speech training.

Rhylee hasn’t always had a hearing loss – Rhylee passed his newborn hearing screen test only for his parents to find his speech wasn’t clear at 2 years of age. Rhylee’s hearing has deteriorated over the past 6 months, so much that hearing aids are no longer strong enough and cochlear implants were needed for each ear. Rhylee’s friends, family and the dedicated staff at the Hear and Say Centre are all working hard to help him regain his hearing and improve his speech as he begins prep next year.

The Hear and Say Centre is one of the leading Paediatric Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centres in the world. Since 1992 the Centre has taught children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak.

The Brio Group team felt really inspired to support the Hear and Say Centre, and Rhylee, as we believe helping a child to communicate is one of the greatest gifts we can give.

Check out the pictures from Rhylee’s ‘Switch On’ ceremony.

To learn more about The Hear and Say Centre, visit their website at: www.hearandsaycentre.com.au

Fancy a free cupcake?

Janet eats a cupcake

Don’t forget! Brio Group’s 365 Ways We Care ultimate public tea party is tomorrow! We’ll be giving away 365 delicious cupcakes (courtesy of Cakestar) in the Botanic Gardens. You can find us at the Albert Street entrance, between 11:30am and 1:30pm. For every cupcake we give away, we’ll donate $1 to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Why are we doing this? It’s not only because we are nice guys! We are celebrating reaching our target of giving 365 gifts of sight this year, by supporting the Fred Hollows Foundation.

To add to the tea party fun, Nova’s Sandman will be bringing his team to play games and give away prizes.

Everyone is invited, so pop over if you have a sweet tooth or want to make a donation to the cancer council.

Read more in the Courier Mail!

Yours in cupcake happiness,


Save the date: Brio Group’s Ultimate Public Tea Party

Brio Group is hosting the ultimate public Tea Party in Brisbane’s CBD, sharing 365 cupcakes with the community on Thursday 30 June 2011! It’s part of our 365 Ways We Care charity program and our clients, Facebook buddies, Twitter followers and the wider community are all invited.

Join the Brio Group team at our Tea Party and help celebrate our milestone: donating the equivalent of 365 gifts of sight by supporting The Fred Hollows Foundation over the past year.

Each cupcake represents one of the 365 gifts of sight we’ve donated. To give back on a local level, we’ll donate $1 for every cupcake to Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. So, round up your colleagues and friends and grab yours!

For full information, including location and times, visit our 365 Ways We Care website.

Yours in charity events,