2020 was a year like no other. The great invitation for me last year was to step even more deeply into the energy of service and devotion. Service and devotion have been core values for my company since it was founded, and influence all of the decisions we make. I wanted to share a little bit about what my team and I did last year to further honour this.
In January, when the wildfires broke out in Australia we set up a donation fund supporting New South Wales Rural Fire Services + Brigades. I donated personally and had an amazing response from my online community; together we donated over fifteen thousand pounds.
When the pandemic first hit and many countries around the world went into lockdown, we hosted 21 free devotional gatherings. We also offered 50 free monthly memberships to members of our community who had been badly financially impacted by the pandemic.
In May we donated 100% of profits from the Rise Sister Rise Membership to grass roots movements, NGOs and individuals fighting for racial justice and protecting indigenous communities and wisdom around the world. We continue to support these organisations.
I spent a lot of last year having conversations with organisations I work with in an effort to use my influence to bring about justice and change.
I also committed to donating my time to mentor three amazing women share their voice through birthing their books into the world through the Hay House Diverse Wisdom initiative in the UK.
In November we awarded six scholarships to my Work Your Light Online Course and Community. Every year we award free scholarships to the course to entrepreneurs and creatives who are experiencing financial hardship and do not have the means to purchase it. In 2020 we had a record number of applications so, due to the impact of the global pandemic, we decided to offer double the amount of scholarships than previous years.
This year I am being called more and more deeply into the natural world and so we are looking to also focus on supporting and protecting our natural environment as well as many local grass roots organisations.