Through Project Curious and her business Poetic Empire, Crystal aims to raise $365,000 for charities that support mental health and encourage curiosity in girls and women around the globe. These are some of the causes she believes deeply in.
Lifeline Australlia A deep believer in self expression for positive mental health, Crystal has been supporting Lifeline through her book Azure Assurances, artworks and exhibitions since early 2014. Lifeline provides a 24 hour crisis telephone support service on 13 11 14.
Some alarming statistics;
* Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for males under the age of 44 * Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for females under the age of 34 * The national road toll is around 1600, however over 2000 people die by suicide each year * The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report that 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental health disorder in a twelve month period and 45% will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime * Lifeline answers a new call every minute, and around 50 calls a day are related to suicide
Crystal is currently raising $10,000 for Lifeline through her Rainforest by Rickshaw expedition. You can contribute here.
Mike Zissler, CEO Canberra
Chris Kettleton, GM Hobart
Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery Founded by Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo, the world's highest ranked ordained Buddhist nun, this nunnery was created to give young nuns of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage the opportunity to realise their intellectual and spiritual potential after so many centuries of neglect, and to reinstate the 'Togdenma' (yogini) tradition.
“Staying at a small monastery in Lahaul, I saw for myself that nuns, however intelligent and devoted, had no opportunity to study and no access to higher teachings. It made me so sad because the monks were given all the teachings and put into retreats, while all the nuns were overlooked and treated as servants.” - Tenzin Palmo
Visit the nunnery's website, or learn more about Tenzin Palmo (including that time she challenged the Dalai Lama on women's rights) in the documentary Cave in the Snow.
Crystal will be visiting the nunnery in September 2015 and is proud to support their work.