Humanitarian changing lives
Coast girl raises funds for others
SINCE the age of 12 Samara Welbourne has been highly involved in charitable work and there’s no sign she is slowing down.
Her helpful nature started when she discovered a love for fairy-house making at 10, and it flourished from there.
Samara said it all began when her mum would hide fairy-dolls in the garden.
When she found the hidden dolls Samara thought it was inevitable they needed a house, which then eventually grew into a village.
“Well it started when I was about 10 years old and it started because as a little girl my mum used to hide doll fairies in the garden,” she said.
“We would find them there and think oh we need to make them houses and we eventually made a village and kept making and making it turned into a hobby of mine.”
“I thought because I was getting really good at making houses I would make heaps and sell them,” she said.
It was then in year six Samara saw an advertisement for the Sippy Creek Animal Refuge needing help at the shelter that she put her fairy house-making-skills to good use and it “just spiralled up from there”.
Samara raised about $400 for the refuge just from selling her fairy-houses at markets and after school with the help of her friends.
With such an interest in her houses she was constantly being asked by strangers how she made them, then her mum suggested she write it all into a book.
Before she knew it at the ripe age of 12 Samara became an author, releasing her first book called How to Make Fairy Houses which she decided to donate 10% of the profits to charity.
It was when she made the “life-changing” move to Bali that she really evolved into the humanitarian she is today.
She said one of her close Balinese friends named Tyas lived in a very poor area, where libraries weren’t easily accessible.
“She (Tyas) told me we don’t have libraries in Bali and that’s why English skills are quite bad, and she told me how much she wanted a library so I though why don’t we make one,” Samara said.
So from there she began raising money towards her $20,000 goal to build a library in Bungaya for all the children to have easy access to help and improve their English skills.
She said the library had hopes to open at the end of May, but sadly the project had to be extended because not enough funds were donated.
“Hopefully the opening will be within the next few months, I need to raise some more money for the internal fittings and get some more Indonesian books to finish the library,” she said.
Samara said her experience overseas shaped her to be the person she is today, and it opened her eyes to the privileges that most take for granted in Australia.
“Well for me it was a life changing experience I think if I hadn’t moved to Bali I would a be a completely different person, coming from Australia and not seeing a third world country and seeing all these privileges,” she said.
To find out more ivisit https://www.gofundme.com /balilibrary.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: 17-year-old Samara Welbourne turned her fairy-hobby into a fulfilling career.