How one Kiwi family went from struggling in Sydney to helping those in need
After moving to Australia from New Zealand, Amy Ropitini and her family struggled to find their place in their newly-adopted home.
Without any official support, Amy and her family pushed on to eventually become financially stable in Sydney, the city which has been named the tenth most expensive in the world according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2018.
Using her family’s experiences to drive her, Amy founded The Movement Charity in 2014 as a way to help those in need and going through financial hardship.
Her hard work within the community paid off, and in 2018, Amy and the charity were awarded the NSW Council for Pacific Communities’ award for Community Events – Strong Families.
“That was an amazing acknowledgement for us and very well-deserved for the whole team,” Amy said.
We do this work voluntary 24/7, so it was really nice to see the public appreciate what our team does in the community.
Since its launch, The Movement Charity has expanded to help a wide range of people who are facing a number of problems in their day-to-day lives, including rough sleepers and those who are victims of domestic violence.
“We also do international aid where we own and operate a school and community kitchen in a Balinese village called Melaya, where we have 70 students who learn English and maths, and we supply them with weekly meals, a nurse and supplies,” Amy explained.
“There is also a rubbish tip where people live and work in Bali where we provide 250 meals every Friday, as well as helping out at an orphanage, a cancer home and an old peoples’ home.
“We also help fund an orphanage in the Philippines.”
Amy also believes The Movement Charity became a catalyst for other charities like it, which play an important role in lifting the spirits of those playing it tough across Australia.
She said many government-funded agencies refer their clients to The Movement and similar organisations for food aid, furniture, clothing, shoes, baby needs and more.
“If we are in the position to help we will; I don’t think there has ever been a time we have turned down someone seeking assistance,” Amy said.
To those who are currently in a situation of hardship right now, I say to hang in there, the first year is always the hardest and if you’re needing help or advice don't be too proud to ask for help.
“We want to help people struggling and those who fell through the cracks of society like we did, and we want to give back to the universe for blessing us financially in this country and to help those less-fortunate.”