Calexico supports Little stars cuddle cases program

A huge Thankyou to our ambassador Nicky Charman for running a donation drive for our Cuddle Cases Program.  The amazing Calexico community pulled together to provide toiletries, teddy bears, sanitary items and other comfort and essential items for our Cuddle Cases program to support children entering care in Queensland. These items will provide some support to children at a traumatic time and let them know someone cares. 

Calexico supports Little stars cuddle cases program
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Nicky Charman

From a young age, Nicky, Founder and Director of CALEXICO & CALEXICO Man, realised she had a skill in styling people, so they felt ready to take on the world. This passion evolved into a lifestyle boutique, offering an escape from the outside world.
A proud mother to three young children herself, Nicky understands the profound impact a safe childhood, or the lack thereof can have on a developing child and is passionate about supporting Little Stars Foundation in the mission to create brighter futures for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Andrea McDonald

Andrea is one of the founding Directors of u&u recruitment partners, an executive recruitment business with 110+ staff across Queensland, NSW, Victoria and London.   

Andrea commenced her recruitment career in 2003 working with an international recruitment firm before founding her business with her business partner in 2012.  u&u was acquired by a Japanese listed business, Will Group, and Andrea now works across all the Will Group brands as Director, Employee Engagement.  Her role is to help the Will Group brands thrive through their people and practices.

Having worked in the recruitment industry for 20+ years, Andrea is passionate about supporting the current and future talent of our workforce.  She has seen first-hand the importance of ensuring the next generation of talent have the opportunities provided to them to thrive, regardless of their background or life circumstances.  Andrea is committed to supporting the Foundation as an Ambassador as she truly believes that the services offered by Little Stars Foundations programs can act as a critical support in unlocking the potential of our youth, who could be tomorrow’s future leaders.

Andrea has a double degree in Business and Science from Queensland University of Technology and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management through Central Queensland University.

Lisa Honeychurch

Lisa is the Founding Director of Little Stars Foundation. She is responsible for designing the Little Stars Learners educational model and the previous Camp program run by the foundation. 

Lisa is a qualified lawyer and practised as a lawyer in private practise for over 20 years. Lisa also holds a double major in psychology and has completed a significant amount of training and assisted in developing training on the impact of trauma on the developing brain. Lisa has a particular interest in the rights of the child in the legal justice system and has been involved in advocating for the rights of the child in a litigation role and a non -adversarial role for many years.

Lisa is particularly passionate about improving the outcomes of children who are living in out of home care in Queensland and developed the first day camp program for children who have experienced trauma in Queensland.

Lisa was a finalist in the Queensland Community Foundation Emerging Philanthropists Category in 2019 for her work with children who have experienced abuse and neglect. She has worked in the area of advocating for the rights of children in care since 2012 in various ways including acting on behalf of a child living in care in court proceedings and developing social and educational programs to support children living in care.