10 September 2019
Little Dreamers Founder and CEO, Madeleine Buchner OAM, has today been recognised in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence for 2019. Maddy was hand-picked from 833 applicants as a finalist in the Young Leader category for her work in the Young Carer space spanning the past 18 years.
Growing up as a carer for her mother and brother, Maddy identified a gap in the support system for young people providing care. She began to raise awareness through fundraising events and stalls, which would eventually culminate in a business plan for an organisation called Little Dreamers when she was just 16.
Ten years later and more than 5,000 young people reached, Little Dreamers is now Australia’s leading nonprofit for Young Carers.
As chief executive of Little Dreamers, Maddy is breaking down barriers, empowering young people in caring roles and working towards the creation of a peak body for Young Carers.
AFR finalists were selected by a panel of influential judges based on a number of criteria. This included dedicating their time and energy to helping and encouraging other women in their industry, confronting unfairness, and using their skills and ability to help change the status quo to a more equal, more diverse and vibrant society.
Winners of each category and the overall winner will be announced in Sydney on October 22.
About Little Dreamers
Little Dreamers was launched in 2009 by then 16-year-old Madeleine Buchner, with the mission to provide greater recognition and awareness around Young Carers. Ten years later and more than 5,000 young people reached, the organisation is now Australia’s leading non-profit for Young Carers. Across six key support programs co-designed with young people in caring roles, Little Dreamers is breaking down barriers and empowering young people in caring roles, with a vision to ensure that every Young Carer around the world is supported by someone or something by the year 2030.
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