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Sunsuper backs local business that gives gifts with a purpose

By Sunsuper team

At just 20 years of age, small business owner, Nip Wijewickrema co-founded GGs Flowers and Hampers when she noticed there was a lack of meaningful employment opportunities for people with special needs, specifically her sister Gayana, who has Down syndrome.

Four years on, GG’s has gone from strength to strength with its little business with a big purpose. The business delivers flowers throughout Canberra and sends hampers nation-wide, but prides itself on hiring and paying its workers with disabilities with award-wages and packs its hampers full of products from Australian social enterprises.

GG’s Flowers and Hampers recently won first place and a total of $15,000 in grants from Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better program to help grow their business and continue to provide meaningful employment for people with disabilities. 

“In Australia there are 4.8 million people living with a disability and of those, 73% are unemployed and welfare dependent,” Nip said. 

“Our dream is to help people with a disability live a life 
of purpose and move from welfare dependency.”

 

 

 

 

“With this grant we paid off our second vehicle and upped our marketing to spread the word about GG’s.

“We currently employ 37 people throughout the year, so at busy times like Valentine’s Day it’s all hands on deck. However we have a wait list of 400 people wanting to join GG’s, so the more flowers and hampers we sell, the more people with disabilities we can employ and pay award wages.” 

Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World program awards a share of $150,000 in grants to community-minded small business and grassroots charities to help improve the lives of Australians and drive positive change in local communities. 

Nip pitched her dream for GG’s at Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World Grand Final in February and won the Better Business category. Two runner-ups, Autism Swim and Brett Phillips dental each received $2,500 towards their dreams for the community. Learn more about the 2018 winners.

Australian small businesses that want to tackle a social issue affecting their community can apply now for a 2019 Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World grant.  

View the 2018 Dreams for a Better World winners
Apply for a Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World grant