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How was Spend With Us created?

Spend With Us ( is a website directory and marketplace for bushfire and drought affected small businesses.

The website was created in January 2020 by Sarah Britz, Digital Designer from Central Coast NSW and supported through social media initiatives by Lauren Hateley, Clinical Psychologist from rural Victoria.

Both Sarah and Lauren were overcome by their feelings of helplessness as the fires were raging across the country, and created the Spend With Us initiatives with the desire to help those who were experiencing significant trauma and wanting to do more than donating to their chosen charities.

It was anticipated that as the immediate crisis from the fires would subside and life returned to normal for many Australian’s, residents of the fire affected communities, will only then be beginning their long journey to rebuilding. Therefore, Spend With Us evolved to support small rural businesses in bushfire affected communities and aimed to help them bounce back and keep them afloat later on.

As a Clinical Psychologist, Lauren’s primary concern was the well-being and livelihoods of families and children living within areas directly and indirectly impacted by the fires.

The point of difference with the Spend With Us website, in comparison to so many other amazing initiatives, is that it is primarily a one stop shop to support businesses in need. It offers an easy to search and purchase platform, with direct shipping available for physical products. Further, it allows businesses that don’t have a way of accepting online payments to easily create a free website store.

Our goal for Spend With Us is to provide a platform that can change the way we can directly support Australian families and their children who are suffering adversity and in turn positively impact their well-being and livelihoods.

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