The city of Melbourne boasts of great accessibility and superior public transport system, yet there are future leaders who are being neglected within the system design. A yearly concession travel pass costs approximately $800 and to a high schooler - that is a lot of money.
For underprivileged youths, the consequences of not being able to afford MyKi travel costs has resulted in anxiety and stress in going to school and obtaining basic education. In other words, this means having to decide whether to spend $5 on lunch or the train to school.
To give you a small glimpse, many of these kids are suffering family problems such as violence and which lead to couchsurfing, or worse, homelessness. Statistics have shown that more than 116,000 people are homeless in Australia, where 1 in 4 of these are youths.
That's where we step in the gap.
The “Lightbulb” Moment
It all began with a spark of compassion inside a single person who was bold enough to make a difference in our world.
Esteeming education as the great equalizer of our society, it was disheartening to still have to witness the disparity among education opportunities for basic education for our younger society hindered by something as insignificant as public transport fares. The amusing irony of a child’s travel expense to access education being funded by profits from decorating the very thing that posed as a barrier to these students in the first place, the MyKi card.
Thus, Cards for a Cause was born and everything else is history.
Who we are
Cards for a Cause is a social enterprise that transforms the grey canvas of the MyKi card into a story of social change.
Our business model focuses on creating and selling unique stickers with pre-made or custom designs to provide public transport access to disadvantaged students. We’re a passionate bunch who believes every single one deserves a chance at unlocking the future leader within them through the power of education.
What YOU are a part of
You get to transform your MyKi (and now, your credit/debit!) card into a beacon of change and hope with a simple and sweet sticker.
By purchasing one of our stickers - either designed by local artists or personalised by you - you are making an active impact in combating an acute issue impacting youth education. 100% of the profits from the sales of these stickers are directly channeled towards PTV travel passes for underprivileged youths.
Essentially, you are sending a message to these youths that someone out there still believes in them and is cheering them on!
We are constantly forward looking and having more vision to make a greater positive impact in this community!
We aim to continue searching and innovating brand new inventive ways to provide further educational support for these underprivileged students. Creativity and originality plays a central role in our social business as you’re already aware, seeing the wonderful, exciting colours and designs that brighten up your screen.
If you’re enthusiastic about designs or potentially other creative avenues, and interested in collaborating with us - feel free to reach out to us on our social media!
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela
Never worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you - Mother Teresa
Cards for a Cause Team