“To be totally honest, it was my personal ambition to set up ROLDA on a 3rd continent, Australia (after Europe and North America). Back in 2015, we didn’t had much Australian supporters but I managed to convince one to register ROLDA as a charity in South Australia. This was the first step accomplished exactly on Romanian National Day, on 1st December. In order to fundraise in Australia, you need licenses in each state. It’s not an easy job. You need people to be there for you all the time, organize board meetings, report data to the authorities. Soon I realized that if I continue to try blindly, without the support of right, dedicated people my ambition will ruin and things will not work.Sarah came in my way at the right time and her patience, dedication and kindness helped me in many desperate moments. One of Sarah’s greatest things, besides her loyalty, is her kind and talented daughter, Gemma. Soon after we formed this team, Sarah, Gemma and myself became invincible. Sarah managed to convince some of her friends to join our Board.
During the blurry times, we also were lucky to find Liz who helped us plan marketing strategy and go ahead to reach new supporters to raise awareness about Romanian animals plight.Some of Liz ‘s friends joined our team and hopefully this is only the beginning.In Australia, thanks to Liz and her company, our fundraising program goes very well, especially consider the modest amount we started with.6 years later, we are considering creating programs to help Australians and their pets because giving is sharing and we’d love to be able to give back some support to an amazing community of animal lovers who supports ROLDA so generously!”
Founder & CEO