Little Big Adventures is proud and delighted to announce being the first, only and major sponsor of Traffic Lights for Kinders.
I only recently learned of Ryan's work from the impassioned praise heard from staff when seeing one of Ryan's amazing lights working in the classroom.
I was amazed to hear of Ryan's generosity of spirit and genuine desire to do good in the kinder community, and I immediately asked for his details.
Little was I to know that Ryan had been passionately imploring for a sponsor for some time - he was shutting up shop, and could not longer afford to sponsor himself.
I wanted to help.
Later that night I attended my younger son's basketball practice and sat next to a dad and talked about random things.
I asked him how his work was and he told me about a special school he was working at where they were cleaning the basement of 100's of years of junk/ memorabilia / things.
"Oh wow!" I said, "did you find anything interesting?"
Yes, he said, there were some items from the Special Olympics from XXXX year ( I missed that part ) and a couple of old traffic lights, real, on tripods....
My mouth fell open.. I had literally left my home 30minutes before, talking to Ryan about Traffic Lights for Kinders and here is a dad, who probably doesn't really know
what I do for a living, talking to me about finding real traffic lights, at a school. All in the space of a day. One single day. What are the chances?
A Bit About Ryan and Traffic Lights for Kinders in his own words:
" Hello and welcome to “Traffic Lights For Kinders” my name is Ryan. I donate my time and money to fix real Victorian Traffic Lights for schools around Victoria, and most recently Australia wide.
Light’s that may have been damaged in road accidents or upgraded to newer models I am able to fix and make them work again for schools to practice road safety.
I am proud to donate already in 2 years to 100+ schools and I will continue to provide to schools as much as i can."
Traffic Lights for Kinders has been going for over 2years now and Ryan has spent over $7000 of his OWN MONEY ( not including time and resources such as petrol/postage )
fixing lights for kinders in need.
Some of the parts essential for fixing decommissioned lights need to be sourced from overseas and are subject to the fluctuating Australian dollar and conversion rates.
Ryan especially enjoys gifting lights to regional communities, and has diverted one tonne of waste from landfill, as most of the materials in the lights cannot be recycled.
He has supplied lights for children in the Northern Territory, and in remote communities for children who have never even seen traffic lights
( while this seems strange for this 20+ year Melbournian now, I forget sometimes I grew up in a town without lights myself! )
More on, and Places you Can Read about Ryan and his work:
( read the comments on his facebook page, they glow like traffic lights in the night! )
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TrafficLightsforKinders/
Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/f/trafficlightsforkinders...
Local News: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/outer-east/heathmonts-ryan-purdie-is-restoring-and-donating-traffic-lights-to-kindergartens-and-schools/news-story/3157acbba8ff853e200c344f048eb8f8
So stay tuned.
Ryan and I have some ideas moving forward.
If you are a current or prospective kinder of Little Big Adventures, I am more than happy to discuss fundraising from Photo Sales if this is of interest to you.
If you are a kinder who would like to BUY a light for your kinder, I will be organising a permanent BUY/CONTACT page for Ryan on this very website.
If you are a kinder with special needs and circumstances, you may be eligible for a free traffic light.
A form will be provided by this site shortly, but please do understand Ryan is a Not-For-Profit charity working from the goodness of his heart and please,
check first if you might be able to raise funds for your kinder or daycare, remembering that your purchase will not only delight your children, but help others too!
Would you like to sponsor Ryan? I'm his first and now Major Sponsor. Ta-Dah!
I'm just a small business with an interest, i'm sure it wouldn't be hard to knock me off my perch and claim first place at all - will you accept the challenge?
If not, why not pass the word instead? :)
Thanks and kindness,
Little Big Adventures
* All photos here are from Ryan's facebook page and used with permission *
It all started with something lacking, it always does.
Baby books*, School Memory books.. they are honestly hard to find!
I searched for years for my two boys - I wanted something that was local.
Many I have found on the market contained sections for overseas celebration days,
which would inevitably be left blank and gaping if you were not an ex-pat.
I didn't want flowery language or big gaps where I couldn't add my Thanksgiving memories.
Matter of fact, I don't want a book where I have to add my Australia Day memories either -
its just so guilt-and-angst ridden when you let the side down because life .. gets busy.
Or you don't celebrate it.
I wanted simple, elegant .. something that wouldn't get parents "into trouble" with their children
if they didn't capture the right memory, something kids could do over the years, with or without
help from busy parents.
Something that allowed them to make it their own.. to insert their own creative input.
Stick, paste, draw, note. A real memory book for the ages.
And then finally, I found it. Australian designed and made.
So I ordered some, and added a store to the site so you could buy one whenever you liked.
There's even free delivery if you're not in a rush and are happy to collect from your kinder
or childcare centre that we are the photographers for ( bulk deliveries are made every month )
You can order it with your photos, or any other time. It's all good. I hope you like it :)
* Please let me know if you'd like a baby book - not currrently stocking - but can certainly get in for you.
You can find these books by selecting the "Special Buys" tab at the top of the page :)
It starts in March and doesn't let up until Christmas.
Here's to a jam-packed, smiley, serious, fast, slow, cheeky, shy 2019 :)
Otherwise known as: What Areas do you Service?
Once, there were photographers, who
travelled from Middle Park
to Mordialloc and Mulgrave
When, they thought about it
they also went to Mont Albert, Malvern and Melbourne
They couldn't quite explain it*
They'd always just gone there
* Well, actually we can explain it, we don't like to over-extend ourselves.
We like being Little Big and we like to always be within 30minutes of all our lovely kinders
and centres so we can offer the personalised service we're known for.
( Also, although Leanne loves tweaking up new words to old songs .. she keeps it P.C. at kinder always :)
** lyrics written with love and apologies to the Crash Test Dummies **
Love love love love the new albums for 2019.
Of course I loved our teal coloured ones with the hot air balloon too ( we still have those if you'd prefer to match! )
.. but there was something missing and all it took was one lovely mention from a parent to get the ball rolling.
And what better time to refresh than with a new year and a new website?
Our 2019 albums are a lovely shade of mid-blue, feature the year ( 2019 ) and are specifically designed
for YOUR centre featuring the name and logo of the kinder/childcare your child is attending.
All design is done in-house and will be approved by your Teacher/Committee/Centre Director
and I have to tell you, the first run for our first centre on the books this year is gorgeous! ❤
( Or: Remind me Never to do That again )
A little like being in labour this whole last month of official kinder "downtime" i'm certainly primed
for the no-sleeping/all-working upcoming season - phew!
While officially a new site has been in the works now for almost a year - fact finding,
gathering feedback, asking questions of Directors and parents, the hard nuts and bolts of building
it all together had to happen in the no-work month of January. It's so exciting to finally be live!
It looks simple on the outside, but like Willy Wonka's Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum,
the real magic is on the INSIDE for you, the end user, the parent, the person who wants to see & order
their child's images in a busy world where ain't nobody got time for that.
Another plus is that you wont turn into a giant blueberry, but I digress...
Well, lots of things, and not all of them website related.
- Easier Ordering
- Better packages
- New products
- NEW albums! Personalised with your kinder and the Year on the cover for
those building a collection! Yay!
- Faster service
- New designs for group images, more sizes, more choice
And hopefully just a better experience all round - we were due for an upgrade, don't you think?
Take a look around and dont be shy to tell me if you see an error, a dead end, or something missing
you wished you could find.
There will probably be a few tweaks here and there over February to perfect it all before March
so i'd love to hear from you if you've got something to add.
Thanks and kindness,
Little Big Adventures
We have a brand new website - and guess what? You're on it right now - hooray!
We hope you enjoy visiting - the blog is where you will find little
tid-bits and observations, from the playground to the world-wide-web.
I cant say it will be updated a LOT ( hello, time poor, can you relate? .. your images come first! )
.. but hopefully what you do see will be useful.
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