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Nelson Mandela: A Tribute
Education | 18 July 2017

As part of our recent creative writing workshops, a senior student in one of our supported schools wrote this touching tribute to Nelson Mandela. We ...

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Writing The Way To A Brighter Future!
Education | 30 June 2017

As part of our literacy development focus, which supports our goal of quality education, we recently partnered with the Ducere Foundation to deliver ...

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The Quality Education Model: What Does Quality Education Really Mean?
Education | 30 June 2017

Quality Education, you probably hear us use this term a lot, but why? What does it actually mean and where did it come from? You may be surprised to ...

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Meet Betty: She’s Helping Children Achieve Their Dreams!
Education | 22 June 2017

Betty has been our Sponsorship Coordinator in Mannya, Southern Uganda for many years; she is a kind and nurturing team member who takes great pride ...

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A fresh start for Kamunuku!
Infrastructure | 31 May 2017

Our friends at Typo are truly passionate about the Cotton On Foundation, so much so that they have created their own platform to engage their global ...

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Reach for the Stars: What I Want to be When I Grow Up
Education | 30 May 2017

It’s never too early to start dreaming big and reaching for the stars! Meet some of our youngest and most passionate learners from Mannya in ...

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Reach For the Stars: Secondary Education
Education | 24 May 2017

You can be whatever you dream when you reach for the stars! We know just how passionate the students in Southern Uganda are about their education and ...

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Reach for the Stars
Education | 15 May 2017

When you reach for the stars you can achieve anything, just like the students of Uganda! At the Cotton On Foundation we are big dreamers and ...

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The Meet Series: Meet Noeline
Education | 26 April 2017

Meet Noeline You may have heard about the Cotton On Foundation’s child sponsorship program, Kirabo Education. Founded back in 2010, we wanted ...

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It Starts With Mum
Health | 24 April 2017

Life, education, safety and health all start with Mum. All Mothers and children deserve access to quality health care and it is this simple ...

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A Trip of a Lifetime - Cats players visit Southern Uganda
Education | 24 April 2017

If you were watching 7AFL’s coverage of the Geelong V Hawthorn game, you might have seen the incredible story of Jed Bews, Rhys Stanley and ...

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The 4K's
Infrastructure | 20 April 2017

What are The 4 K’s?  Nope, it has got nothing to do with the Kardashians!  The 4 K’s represent the four villages in which we ...

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World Water Day 2017: Rhino tanks, they're as big as they sound!
Health | 22 March 2017

With a population of over 40.1 million, a staggering 8.4 million Ugandans lack access to safe and clean water. (1) The UN Sustainable Development ...

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From Readers to Leaders!
Education | 28 February 2017

Here at the Cotton On Foundation, we’re all about quality education and we’ve recently partnered with Worldreader to deliver an ...

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2016 Wrap - It's All Because of You!
Education | 06 January 2017

What a massive year it’s been and we couldn’t have done it without you! The dedication from our passionate Cotton On Group team members ...

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What a Year! Multipurpose hall named ‘Best Institutional Building of the Year 2016’
Infrastructure | 28 December 2016

In 2013, the Cotton On Foundation had a vision to deliver an inspiring and versatile extracurricular space for students of all ages to enjoy in ...

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A Country Leader in HIV Care and Treatment!
Health | 01 December 2016

Roughly 36.7 million people are living with HIV globally, this includes 1.1 million children, and sadly the vast majority do not know their status. ...

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Biogas: A safe, renewable and cheap fuel alternative!
Sustainability | 19 November 2016

Walking through the villages of Southern Uganda, it’s hard not to be swept away by the beautiful landscapes, however there is also a very ...

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Learning On Country: Empowering Young People Through Cultural Activities and Education.
Education | 08 November 2016

Education can take on many different forms, and we recently returned from a trip to Australia’s Northern Territory where we were so inspired by ...

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Quality Food Supports Quality Education!
Health | 13 October 2016

This Sunday the 16th of October is World Food Day, a day where people right across the globe come together and declare their commitment to ending ...

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South Africa, we have some big news for you!
Infrastructure | 23 September 2016

We believe that every child deserves the right to a quality education, no matter where they live or where they’ve come from. That’s why ...

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Nubbunga Primary School opens its doors next month!
Infrastructure | 07 September 2016

Next month, we open the doors to the brand new Nubbunga Primary School for 500 children in a remote village of Southern Uganda. Together with Cotton ...

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Introducing our latest project partner: Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation
Education | 29 August 2016

As an Australian born company, our Indigenous Projects in the Northern Territory are a really important part of our development work and a cause ...

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Teacher Training to support a Quality Education
Education | 08 July 2016

During recent school holidays in Uganda, the Cotton On Foundation partnered with the National Curriculum Development Centre and USAID to conduct ...

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Meet Gutiŋarra: The Mulka Project’s Youngest Film-Maker
Education | 21 June 2016

We’re so excited to share with you the inspirational story of Gutiŋarra, one of only two students in his year level, who completed their Year ...

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George's dream
Education | 16 June 2016

George William is much like any 23 year old. He loves sport, and is working to pay for his university studies while chasing his dream of becoming a ...

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Update From The Field: Amanda's Photo Journal
Education | 19 May 2016

I’ll never forget the moment late last year, about a month after joining the Cotton On Foundation team, when I was told “you’re off ...

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Nutrition Mission is back!
Education | 16 May 2016

Last year, we partnered with Cotton On Body to introduce Nutrition Mission – an education program that aimed to help prevent malnutrition ...

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A desk delivery for South Africa
Education | 10 May 2016

Imagine sitting in an overcrowded classroom, or outdoors in the elements trying to concentrate on learning. It’s tricky to write down your ...

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Thanking mums this Mother's Day
Education | 04 May 2016

Where would we be without mums? Wherever you are in the world, May 8 is all about thanking the important women in our lives. In the lead up to this ...

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Mannya's new peddle power
Health | 21 April 2016

Back in March, our Cotton On stores in the US and Cotton On KIDS stores in New Zealand asked customers to round up their purchases, donate spare ...

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Cotton On Body launches Cotton On Foundation coffee scrub
Sustainability | 11 April 2016

In the community of Mannya, Southern Uganda, 30,000 robusta coffee seedlings are providing farmers and their families with employment opportunities, ...

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Philly's story: how education made a difference
Education | 05 April 2016

Philly grew up near Mannya, and like many other students from his village, had to walk long distances to and from school each day, approximately ...

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Painting a brighter future for kids in Thailand
Education | 31 March 2016

In May 2015, we began our partnership with Operation Hope to build an Education Centre and student/teacher accommodation in the remote northern ...

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KIDS are on a mission - to build a new healthcare centre!
Health | 23 March 2016

Ugandan women have, on average, 5.9 children. Many would go through pregnancy and child birth without any professional medical support. * For the ...

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Hamish and Andy and Cotton On release limited edition water
Infrastructure | 18 March 2016

Cotton On Foundation ambassadors and comedy duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee have joined forces with Cotton On to launch a limited edition bottle of ...

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Small change that makes a big difference
Health | 10 March 2016

For the past two weeks, Cotton On KIDS stores in New Zealand have been asking customers to do one small thing – round up their purchases, ...

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Our 2015 Field Report is here!
Education | 22 February 2016

In 2015, we raised $12 million dollars for our projects in Southern Uganda and globally. This wouldn't be possible without our incredible supporters, ...

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Coming full circle: Francis' story
Education | 04 January 2016

Francis is 25 years old and lives in Kasaasa Village, Southern Uganda. Like many in the region, he came from a poor family, where his parents ...

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That's a wrap! Thanks for a great 2015
Education | 31 December 2015

What a massive year 2015 has been! As we find ourselves at the end of another 12 months, we want to say a huge THANK YOU  to everyone who has ...

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Give a gift that counts
Education | 15 December 2015

Still need Christmas gifts? Give one that counts and make an impact in Southern Uganda instead. As the saying goes, Christmas is a time for giving. ...

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The first HIV education centre opens in Southern Uganda
Health | 01 December 2015

1 December 2015 marks World AIDS Day, and we are therefore very excited to announce that we've officially opened the Ross Landgon HIV Education ...

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Help Cotton On Kids raise $80,000 for preschool education
Education | 24 November 2015

For the next two weeks we need your help, to raise $80k and help our littlest students in Southern Uganda receive a quality education. This means ...

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From The Field: Jimmy's photo journal
Education | 02 November 2015

Cotton On Group employee Jimmy epitomizes our Cotton On Foundation values, in particular our core value of fun – we genuinely love what we do ...

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Celebrating World Food Day
Health | 16 October 2015

Today marks annual World Food Day. To celebrate this occasion and the importance of nutrition and nourishment, we’re delighted to be able to ...

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NOT JUST ANY CHARITY.... it’s changing lives
Education | 12 October 2015

The Cotton On Foundation products are getting a new look! We want to let everyone know that Cotton On Foundation is not just any charity. Our people ...

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Digital Spare Change That Empowers Communities
Education | 06 October 2015

USA, we’ve got some exciting news for you! We’ve partnered with Impact Change, a US-based organization that this week, launches a new app ...

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Celebrating World Teachers Day
Education | 05 October 2015

Today marks World Teachers’ Day; a day for us to celebrate the hard work and invaluable contribution of teachers across the globe.  As an ...

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Help Typo Raise $20,000 For Adults Literacy
Education | 17 September 2015

Education is part of everyday life for the majority of people in the western world. It is not often that you will meet someone who hasn’t ...

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Change for Children Crusade Raises Over $76,000
Health | 15 September 2015

The Cotton On Foundation’s vision is to empower youth, mobilise communities and build futures. We would not be able to work towards achieving ...

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Providing children with a lifetime of opportunity
Education | 25 August 2015

Every father, whether he lives in Australia, South Africa, USA or Uganda only wishes what’s best for his children and family. That usually ...

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Mannya Trading Co. Celebrates One Year!
Sustainability | 18 August 2015

One year ago, we launched our very own specialty coffee brand, Mannya Trading Co. and thanks to the support of our loyal customers the journey so far ...

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From The Field: Rachel's Trip to Uganda (Part 2)
Education | 25 June 2015

Earlier this year, our Communications Coordinator Rachel had the opportunity to visit our projects in Southern Uganda, so that she could report back ...

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Meet the father who is inspiring a new generation!
Sustainability | 18 June 2015

Whilst we often celebrate the women in Southern Uganda, we want to shine the spotlight on an incredible father who is doing his utmost to support his ...

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A True Bond: Tim Diamond & Father Nestus Mugisha
Sustainability | 18 June 2015

In November 2007, Cotton On Group Founder Nigel Austin first visited Mannya, Southern Uganda after being approached to support the completion of a ...

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We did it! Over $200,000 raised to help build futures!
Infrastructure | 16 June 2015

Last week, we called on you to help us raise AUD $200,000 to fund the Mannya Construction Company and build the Mannya Vocational Training Centre. ...

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Nutrition Mission raises $100,000 for Busibo
Health | 12 June 2015

Thanks to support of our loyal customers, we have reached our $100,000 target for the #NUTRITION MISSION , which will help fund an educational ...

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Help Build Futures For People in Southern Uganda
Infrastructure | 05 June 2015

What did you want to be when you grow up? Most people in developed countries can choose any profession they like, whether that’s a carpenter, ...

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Two More Mandela Day Container Libraries Handed Over
Education | 28 May 2015

Last week the Cotton On Foundation, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE), handed over ...

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From The Field: Rachel’s Trip To Uganda (Part 1)
Education | 27 May 2015

Our Cotton On Foundation employees operate from two main locations, with 12 people working from our Head Office in North Geelong, Australia and over ...

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Introducing Our Nutrition Mission
Health | 28 April 2015

We’re proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with Cotton On Body (BODY) and nutrition expert Lola Berry to launch #NUTRITIONMISSION, an ...

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First Mandela Container Library Handed Over
Education | 23 April 2015

As South Africa celebrates Freedom Day on April 27, an annual public holiday that recognises freedom and the first post-apartheid elections on this ...

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Giving Babies The Best Start To Life
Health | 09 April 2015

No matter where you live in the world, being a mum is big job.  And every mother has at least one thing in common, the desire to provide the ...

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Spoil Mum and Empower Women At The Same Time!
Health | 09 April 2015

Mother’s Day happens once a year and we love an opportunity to show the women in our lives that we care. That’s why we’ve designed ...

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Andy Lee Lends A Hand In Southern Uganda
Education | 19 March 2015

Australian broadcaster, comedian and Cotton On Foundation ambassador Andy Lee recently appeared on Channel Nine Australia’s TODAY show. Andy ...

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Necklaces That Sprinkle Happiness Along The Way
Education | 06 March 2015

Here’s your chance to sprinkle a little kindness and brighten someone’s day! By snapping up one of our new release necklaces, not only ...

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Follow Your Dollar - One Year On
Education | 28 January 2015

Just over a year ago, we provided the opportunity for one customer to follow their dollar and see firsthand the difference being made in Southern ...

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We did it! $1 Million raised for Southern Uganda!
Education | 15 January 2015

Thanks to you, Cotton On and the Cotton On Foundation have reached the $1 Million target set for the #IGiveABrick campaign, raising the funds ...

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An Appetite for Giving
Health | 14 January 2015

The Cotton On Foundation, in collaboration the Nelson Mandela Foundation and South Africa's Department of Basic Education, has distributed 240 food ...

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2014:What A Year!
Education | 05 January 2015

Thanks to you, our supporters and customers, we achieved some amazing things in 2014! From establishing over 1,500 educational places in Southern ...

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United In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Health | 01 December 2014

Today is World Aids Day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS - a fight the Cotton On Foundation continues to ...

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#IGiveABrick, do you?
Infrastructure | 14 November 2014

The Cotton On Foundation and Cotton On are very excited to announce they have collaborated on an exciting new campaign - #IGiveABrick. The initiative ...

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ELLE X Foundation
Sustainability | 27 October 2014

The Cotton On Foundation is excited to announce one of its most amazing partnerships yet - a collaboration with ELLE Australia - an initiative that ...

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Giving Old Products a New Lease on Life
Sustainability | 16 October 2014

Juliana, giving old products a new lease on life. We have achieved some pretty amazing goals since the Cotton On Foundation was born in 2007. 3,793 ...

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Introducing Mannya Trading Co.
Sustainability | 08 October 2014

Five years ago we planted our first coffee plants in Mannya village, Uganda. Fast-forward to today and we have just launched our largest and most ...

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Nelson Mandela Foundation
Education | 07 October 2014

Nelson Mandela once said, “No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated”.  At the Cotton On Foundation, we believe ...

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What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Sustainability |

Did you know that chickens are one of the most common and widespread domesticated animals in the world? There are more chickens globally than any ...

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Hamish and Andy join forces with the Cotton On Foundation
Sustainability |

Comedy powerhouse Hamish and Andy and the Cotton On Foundation will excite and delight the tastebuds of water connoisseurs when the Hamish and Andy ...

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Microfinance: one small loan can change a life
Sustainability |

A keen farmer, Max has benefited from the microfinance scheme that was set-up for the community of Mannya at the end of 2009. Kagimu Max lives in ...

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Why Our Water's Better
Health |

Did you know that just $3 buys a jerry can for our mates in Uganda, allowing people to collect water for drinking, washing and cleaning. Find out how ...

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Buzz Off!!
Health |

Malaria is responsible for the death of a child somewhere in the world every minture. Did you know it only costs $10 to treat a malaria patient? ...

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How you can help us fight HIV
Health |

In 1982 Africa’s first cases of HIV were discovered in the Rakai district; where Mannya Village is located. Since it was first detected, AIDS ...

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Every mother counts
Health |

Having a baby can be an emotional, beautiful and scary time for a woman. Every mother will tell you that it’s worth the pain, fear and enormous ...

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Annette - bringing health to homes.
Health |

Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it – Bronnie Ware. At the Cotton On Foundation we believe that this sort of ...

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The Gift That Gives Twice
Health |

Be a guardian angel this festive season and empower someone in need. This year, the Cotton On Foundation has developed some beautiful Christmas ...

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Marion - The Nurse, The Baby, The Bracelet
Health |

Meet 'Marion'; The Nurse, The Baby And Now The Bracelet Marion is the longest serving employee of the health centre in Mannya Village, Uganda. As the ...

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Mission for a Million
Health |

Our Biggest-Ever Ugandan Project: Mission for a Million We’re excited to launch the biggest Ugandan project that we’ve ever embarked on! ...

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A little drop goes a long way
Infrastructure |

Today marks a big milestone in Cotton On Foundation history. One year ago we launched our square shaped, neon coloured water into Cotton On Group ...

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Building Elizabeth's New House
Infrastructure |

During a Cotton On Foundation Development Trip to Uganda in September, ten of our Store Managers from across the globe had the opportunity to visit ...

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Specioza - The Little Engine That Could
Education |

It always seems impossible until it’s done — Nelson Mandela. The wise words of Nelson Mandela couldn’t be more appropriate in ...

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Empowering through Adult Literacy Progams
Education |

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ – Nelson Mandela. Many of us take access to an ...

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Annie's Adventure to Uganda
Education |

I’m Annie and I feel very blessed to work as the Buying Manager for the Cotton On Foundation in Geelong, Australia. I’m busting to share ...

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Kate's Diary Part One
Education |

In November 2013 we launched our first Follow Your Dollar campaign where we asked you our customer, to tell us how you would help Cotton On ...

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Kate's Diary Part Two
Education |

Kate, a primary school teacher from Torquay in Australia got to follow her dollar all the way to Uganda! Kate has come home with a beautifully ...

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Kate's Diary Part Three
Education |

Wow, my last full day in Mannya. Each morning Nathan (Cotton On Foundation Coffee Consultant),Tim (Cotton On Foundation General Manager) and I, have ...

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Follow your Dollar through 2013!
Education |

Wow…. what a monumental year 2013 has been and we couldn’t have done it without all your amazing help! This year you’ve helped us ...

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Project Friendship
Education |

Inspired by the young people of Mannya, Uganda, FREE by Cotton On has teamed up with us to create the#ProjectFriendship.       ...

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Empowering Through Education
Education |

During the busy festive season, it’s a great time to stop and think about what it means to be a Global Citizen. At the start of a New Year, ...

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The story behind the Mary Bangle
Education |

Last year, Cotton On Body Buying Manager Sally Phelan visited Mannya village in Uganda, and met the beautiful women’s group. She came back ...

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Anika: My First Visit
Education |

My name is Anika, I was born in Germany and now live in Australia. In June 2012 I had the amazing opportunity to visit our Mission (im)possible ...

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