Empowering communities to reduce inequalities isn’t an easy job; it involves our board, funders, volunteers and project partner, Human and Hope Association, working together. We are especially grateful for our volunteers who combine their passions and skills to advocate and raise funds for our work. This week, we are shining the spotlight on our Melbourne-based Public Relations Manager, Mariah MacInnes.
Tell us about your professional background?
So It all began in 2013 when I started my university degree in Public Relations and Journalism! I loved my degree so much and went on to work in Public Relations in the Automotive industry. This is where I currently still work and have been here for three years! As part of my role I work in the marketing team managing social media, I run our internal communications platforms and our public relations.
As part of my career I have launched my own business called Content Queen where I write content for other business and help coach people on how to share their own voice. So if you need me, let me know! 😉
What drew you to volunteer for HHA Inc?
Sally Hetherington approached me on LinkedIn and it was like fate! I had recently returned from a trip to Cambodia feeling empowered to make a change and support the beautiful country. Then came the message in my inbox, perfect match and I’ve learnt so much! Loving every minute!
Why is local empowerment so important?
Empowerment is the key to success. People who are empowered do amazing things! Once you empower a local community, you have the ability empower a whole nation.
What motivates you to stay involved?
I am motivated to stay with HHA the more I learn about the organisation and what we do to help empower the local community. Also what motivates me is the ethical practice HHA make to ensure equality throughout Cambodia.
What do you do as part of your role?
As part of my role I work to help promote HHA to the media and essentially the world!! My aim is to ensure everyone knows who we are!
What contribution or achievement are you most proud of?
Since starting at HHA, we have gain a lot of interest in the local Australian press (loads of interviews for Sally). I am proud that my media releases have created this level of attention!
Does anyone in your life play a role in supporting your involvement?
My friends and family are very supportive and love hearing about the work HHA do! My Mum is even rocking some of the handicrafts!
What is your dream for HHA Inc?
My dream and vision is for everyone to be educated in this ethical practice of sustainable living for Cambodia! I hope HHA can grow throughout the country and even to other developing countries to help empower a nation!
What is the motto you live by?
“Happiness is a journey, not a destination”