ALETHEA GOLD: CHARITY WORK
Besides Alethea's professional work, Alethea uses her extraordinary talents to drive her passion and desire to help underprivileged children worldwide. Using her amazing connections internationally, she has raised millions of dollars for many children's charities globally.
Over recent years, Alethea has turned her attention to producing beautiful photographic books to showcase children from around the world and done these books to raise money for children’s charities. Please see BOOKS section of website.
• IsraAID in Lesvos. In March 2016, Alethea Gold left Australia bound for the beautiful Greek island of Lesvos to help an Israeli-based emergency relief organisation, known as IsraAID. In Lesvos, the IsraAID team is totally focused on rescuing and saving Syrian, Iraqi and Afghani lives. “The people who arrive on a daily basis are completely traumatised. They have left everything behind and have arrived with nothing, many having had their money and possessions stolen by the people smugglers. The IsraAID team physically helps the refugees off the boats, providing immediate medical treatment, foil sheeting to warm them, food, water and a full change of dry clothes. In addition to this, they provide much-needed emotional support.
“Alethea said some of the children arrive on the island drenched with water up to their necks. I managed to save a little girl by treating her for hyperthermia immediately, but just metres away a little baby died tragically soon after being taken off the boat. Meeting and helping people who are fleeing for their lives from ISIS and the Taliban, changed my life forever!”
• Charity Fashion parades. Many international celebrities have supported Alethea to help her raise funds for numerous children’s charities, often allowing their children to model for her in live fashion shows.
• 2011 Japanese Tsunami. Along with Ambassadors - George Gregan, Bryan Brown, Sam Neil, Akira Isogawa, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel and Deborah Hutton, Alethea hosted a fund raising event for children who were orphaned by Japan's devastating Tsunami. After this event they raised much more than anticipated - enough to help 5 orphanages in the affected area’s of Japan.
• Tsunami in Banda Aceh. Together with friends Dion Antony and Paul Wilson, and with the generous support of Qantas, and numerous other sponsors, Alethea organised over a million dollars worth of essential supplies and clothes for the Tsunami victims in the devastated region of Banda Aceh.
• Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. On Australia day Alethea co-coordinated a fashion parade for 2000 people, to raise money to open the Lotus School in Ho Chi Minh City, where 300 children will be able to attend for free.
• The Mother of All Balls Committee work on a major charity event every year. Over the last 11 years Alethea has helped raise millions of dollars to support the YWCAs Big Brother, Big Sister mentoring programme and for safe houses and shelters for mothers who need help and protection.
• The Reddam House Resurgence Fashion Parade which raised $40,000 to rebuild a school in the Hambantota Region of Sri Lanka after the Tsunami.
• The Lighthouse Foundation, Melbourne Celebrity Fashion Parade, which supported teenagers, impacted by drug use and underprivileged backgrounds.
• An orphanage in Bali - for many years helped get clothing for the children
• Neve Shalom, a village in Israel where Arab and Jews live together in harmony - helped raise funds for the children.
• Victor Chang Heart foundation, Australia - a fashion parade for MELBOURNE CUP DAY. Three million dollars of Jewellery was shown on a celebrity model on the catwalk to raise funds.
• Street Kids Sydney. Using her fashion connections, Alethea spent years arranging for clothing to be sent for the teenagers living on a farming property in the countryside.
• Burma. Alethea supplies Professor Bruce Conolly with suitcases of children’s toys to take on his annual trip to Burma to treat people in villages.
• DOCUMENTARY. Alethea produced and directed the documentary UNSUNG HEROES which launched as a charity event at the Cockatoo Island Film Festival. All proceeds from that night were donated to Cynthia Tobias - one of the unsung heroes in the documentary - providing her enough money to take care of herself and her 28 kids for 8 years.