Kate Austin is an effervescent and energetic lady with a simply amazing life story to tell on how one can turn the most challenging events in ones life into a positive life changing action for the benefit of others. Kate will educate and motivate you about the profound impact that personal hygiene played in keeping her alive and providing the spark for her to create the successful Pinchapoo non for profit charity.
She is the Founder & CEO of Pinchapoo- a cheeky start-up turned national not for profit organisation founded on the idea of stealing (pinching) hotel toiletries for those in need. Kate lives by the belief that having access to personal hygiene products is a basic human right and one that’s essential to physical and mental well-being – working tirelessly promoting the important impact this has on our lives.
The grassroots charity has successfully transformed its simple modern day ‘Robin Hood’ concept into a movement that has now works alongside the biggest names in support for the disadvantaged and has proudly supplied in excess of 1.5 MILLION products to men, women and children around Australia in its 8 years of operation. Pinchapoo is now proudly the largest not for profit distributor of personal hygiene products nationally - tackling head on the alarming statistic that is 1 in 6 Australian families are without access to these essential items.
Kate has recently been awarded a Pride of Australia medal, Global Hotel Industry Innovation winner, finalist in the National Female Entrepreneur Awards and a nominee for Australian of the Year.
Kate is living proof that you can choose to create change and succeed.
Finding your purpose
My journey to Pinchapoo
How to create change in your world
You Gotta Be Crazy: How to start your own charity (with Michael Gallus)
Equal Rights: Personal hygiene advocacy
At least 10% of Kates speaking fee will be donated to the Pinchapoo Foundation. www.pinchapoo.org.au