In a world where compassion and community involvement make a significant impact, the story of 10 Cent Tom shines as a beacon of hope. Today, we’re excited to share how Fire Systems Queensland has proudly teamed up with 10 Cent Tom and his inspiring charity. Together, we are driving positive change and making a real difference in the lives of those facing distress, marginalization, social or economic disadvantage, misfortune, or helplessness due to living with a disability.
Fire Systems Queensland’s Commitment
At Fire Systems Queensland, we believe in giving back to the community that has supported us. Our recent $10,000 donation towards an additional vehicle for 10 Cent Tom’s charity reflects our commitment to making a meaningful impact on the lives of those in need. This additional vehicle will play a crucial role in assisting with the collection of recycled cans and bottles, contributing to both environmental sustainability and the betterment of the community.
About 10 Cent Tom’s Charity
10 Cent Tom and his Mother Carolyn, the heart and soul behind the charity, have dedicated their time to providing relief for individuals facing various challenges. This charity focuses on offering support to those dealing with distress, marginalization, social or economic disadvantage, misfortune, or helplessness due to living with a disability. By addressing these issues head-on, 10 Cent Tom is creating a positive ripple effect in the community, fostering a sense of unity and compassion.
The Importance of Community Involvement
Community involvement is at the core of both Fire Systems Queensland and 10 Cent Tom’s charity. When businesses and individuals come together to support initiatives that benefit the community, we create a stronger, more resilient society. The impact goes beyond monetary contributions; it builds a network of support that uplifts those who need it the most.As a conscientious corporate entity, Fire Systems Queensland takes pride in standing shoulder to shoulder with 10 Cent Tom, united in our commitment to creating a lasting and meaningful impact.
10 Questions for 10 Cent Tom
What inspired you to start your charity?
I graduated from high school in 2020, in my final year of high school I decided to start collecting 10c bottles and cans from my neighbourhood. I found so much satisfaction doing this, it wasn’t about the 10c, it was about making friends and connections in my home suburb whilst learning about keeping our environment greener. This was just a hobbie and I enjoyed it so much with the help of my mum we formed the 10 Cent Tom Charity.
How do you see the new vehicle enhancing the efficiency of your recycling efforts?
Having the additional van has enabled us to grow the 10 Cent Tom service, we can pick up more than double the quantity of containers each day and having a hydraulic lifter on the back of the additional van has made it so much easier to pick up heavy bins now that wine and spirit bottles are included in the Containers for Change Qld scheme.
What role do you believe corporate partnerships play in the success of charitable initiatives?
Corporate partnerships can contribute to raising public awareness about social issues. Through joint campaigns and initiatives, both the nonprofit and corporate partners can leverage their influence to advocate for positive change, bringing attention to important causes and inspiring others to get involved.
Can you elaborate on the importance of recycling in the context of your charity's mission?
Recycling and helping the environment is one of my main missions, to create a greener tomorrow and leave the planet better than in which we found it. I hope that by seeing me and my bins around it will inspire others to recycle and limit the amount of landfill. By recycling the community isn’t just helping the environment they are then helping me build the 10 Cent Tom Charity and create a lasting legacy.
And Finally, Tell Us Your Best Joke!
Why did the pine tree fall over? Because it had too many cones 😊
How do you involve volunteers and support workers in your charity, and what role do they play in its day-to-day operations?
Over the last few years I have been involved in the recycling for a number of events including the Gold Coast Show and Red Hot Summer Tours at Broadwater Parklands and Harrigans at Jacobs Well. I have been fortunate enough to find some amazing volunteers that have helped picking up cans at these events, I could not do it alone, so am extremely grateful. Every week I engage a couple of support workers that help me empty over 300 of my 10 Cent Tom recycling wheelie bins that are all over the Gold Coast.
As a visionary for positive change, what advice would you give to others who want to initiate their own charitable projects or get involved in community service?
My advice would be to find something you’re truly passionate about, enjoy doing, and research where in your local community you could involve yourself further. That is how 10 Cent Tom first started, as a passion of mine and is now an ever evolving and growing charity within the local Gold Coast community.
How has your charity evolved since its inception?
It’s evolved dramatically since 2020 with what started as a way for me to interact with the community and help the environment wheeling a cart around, to now 3 years later being a registered charity with two vans on the road, and over 200 locations hosting our bins with the vision of one day operating our own depot employing others with disabilities. All this though wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of our amazing and generous sponsors and donations from the community.
In what ways do you envision expanding the reach and impact of your charity in the coming years?
10 Cent Tom Charity continues to grow its social media and tv presence, my charity is always looking to network and spread the word about the importance of recycling and including people with disabilities. We also hope to reach all across our Nation and hope all states not just QLD, NSW and WA will be able to recycle with 10 Cent Tom.
Can you share the most unusual or unexpected item someone has tried to recycle?
Well I have had a few things in my bins, but the most unexpected was a nappy – yuk!
As Fire Systems Queensland and 10 Cent Tom’s charity join forces, we celebrate the power of collaboration, compassion, and community involvement. Together, we are driving change and creating a brighter future for those who need it most. Let this partnership be a testament to the positive impact that can be achieved when businesses and individuals come together for a shared purpose: making the world a better place for all.