Making a difference

We Are The Cuppacumbalong Foundation

The act of making something with your hands has a profound effect.

It shows you have the ability to affect the environment around you. It shows that if you make a mistake you can fix it. It shows that good results do not come from chance - they are from your control of the process of making.

We provide people with scholarships to attend creative courses.

Through the creative process we enhance lives by guiding people to realise their self-worth.

What We Do

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible.

Our Sole Purpose

We provide scholarships for people to attend courses to produce meaningful and lasting change.

These people go on to attend courses proven to produce meaningful and lasting change for good.

  • They create something that excites them
  • Their instructors understand people as much as they understand their craft
  • What they make is enduring
  • This has a powerful impact that lasts a lifetime

See Our Scholarships

Our Board

Edwina Parsons
Chairperson

Edwina is an Art Educator and Adventurer with over 30 years of experience in the field of experiential education. From 2005 to 2016 Edwina served as a member of the Board of Outward Bound Australia, chairing the Board Safety Committee.

Edwina worked at Cranbrook School for 17 years as the Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Housemaster of Davidson House. Today, she leads treks through remote areas around the world to raise funds for worthy causes.

Penelope Wass
Independent Director

Going to the bar in 2000, Her Honour Judge Penelope Wass SC appeared in many complex criminal matters, common law matters including torts, insurance, contempt, and defamation, and commercial and equity matters.

Taking silk in 2013, Her Honour took up a role as senior member of the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal prior to being sworn-in as a Judge of The District Court of New South Wales in 2016.

Tim Molloy
Independent Director

Tim is a businessperson with a record of growing remarkable companies and teams. Most of his roles have been at C-suite or owner level, and he has significant experience as a board member in the venture capital sector.

His professional skills in Sales and Marketing, Strategy Development, Capital Raising, and Operations Management help our Foundation operate with lean efficacy.

Ali Wass
Executive Director

Growing up on the land, Ali became thoroughly versed in the arts of posthole digging, fencing, lambing, pressing and rolling wool and catching stray lambs. Together with her life-long passion for the arts, Ali truly understands the power of the act of creating something with your own hands.

A professional teacher with a passion for working with the Aboriginal Community, Ali has been an educator since 1993. Ali has experience working at a senior level in outdoor education, volunteer management, community development and leadership programs. She has managed and coordinated a multitude of volunteer programs at the regional and national level, making her a natural fit for the role of Executive Officer of The Cuppacumbalong Foundation.

Karim Haddad
Non-Executive Director

A professional Outdoor Educator and former CEO of Outward Bound Australia, Karim has extensive experience designing and running effective personal development programs. He has also worked as the Program Manager at the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, and currently directs leadership programs with Outback Initiatives.

Karim is also a Bladesmith and Blacksmith. He began this journey under Master Bladesmith Thomas Gerner in 1995. Thomas was the first Australian to be recognised as a Master Bladesmith by the prestigious American Bladesmith Society. Karim has been teaching knifemaking since 1998, and is the President of the Australian Knifemaking Guild.