Thank you to…

Happy boy in creche

Happy boy in creche

A huge Thank You to the many people, businesses and organisations who have supported us in so many ways. If you’re not on this list, please remind us. Sometimes our records don’t show everything. 


  • Thanks to everyone who allowed us to use their photograph on this site, in our book, in our posters and display materials – we can’t name you all (although the captions may give the place), but we thank you for your permission.

Fabrics and dollmaking equipment:

  • Ben Croker, BJC, for truckloads of polyester stuffing gone into thousands of dolls.
  • Textile Traders for their consistent support.
  • Hundreds of individuals who have donated fabric, buttons, laces, jewellery and all the haberdashery which brightens up the dolls.
  • Soroptimist Fremantle branch who provide $500 each year towards the brown fabric for dolls.

Funds and fundraising:

  • We are so grateful for the major donors who have provided several thousand dollars each year. Most have requested anonymity, but our thanks are heartfelt.
  • Fundraising events always involve a galaxy of willing Uthando friends. Doll auctions, exhibitions, garden parties, stalls and children’s activities at countless festivals and the variety of workshops call upon volunteers. Thank you to all.
  • If you are in Albany, WA, please visit Café 14, Peel Place where Karin Marsland has raised several thousand dollars for the Albany Uthando group. Often our individual supporters have lived in Africa and wish to send a contribution back.

Local and state government and not for profit organisations:

  • Uthando continues to enjoy working with local governments in the Perth metropolitan region. Usually each host provides venue, enrolment, catering, materials and presenters’ fees for the dollmaking workshops which strengthen our communities.
  • The major partners are the Community Development departments of City of Swan, City of Stirling, City of Melville, City of Perth, City of Subiaco, City of Belmont, Shire of Kalamunda and City of Wanneroo.
  • We deeply appreciate the solidity of working with communities which may be migrant, refugee, indigenous, intergenerational, seniors and youth.
  • Bandyup and Roebourne Women’s Prisons showed the benefits of compassionate work.
  • Western Australian Museum, Albany.
  • St John of God medical outreach services in the Kimberley.
  • Several Aboriginal family and community services and centres with the Department of Indigenous Af