Last week, Central Coast entrepreneur Christine Mastello has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 AusMumpreneur awards, in the category “Women Will Change the World”. This award recognises individuals who are making a difference to people’s lives, the environment or the world through their business or their non-profit.
Christine has been nominated due to her significant contribution to the not-for-profit sector. As the founder of Community Hair Project and Southlake Marketplace, Christine has changed thousands of Australians lives through providing services for those in need.
Community Hair Project is a mobile service providing free haircuts to Australians doing it tough. This service brings self-confidence back to Australians facing hardships such as homelessness or domestic violence. Christine has partnered with hairdressers and barbers who volunteer their time to operate this service throughout NSW, VIC, QLD and SA.
Southlake Marketplace is a Foodbank facility that operates throughout the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie providing much needed resources such as food, sanitary items and counselling. Every Christmas Southbank Marketplace donates more than 300 hampers to local families in need.
Despite her own personal hardships, Christine has excelled in her field. She won the 2018 Australia Day Award for Lake Macquarie City Council, and was a finalist in the 2018 NSW Women of the Year Awards, and the 2018 Regional NSW/ACT Awards.
The AusMumpreneur awards are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. The awards set out to recognise Australian mums who juggle both motherhood and being in business. The winner will be announced this September at an awards event in Melbourne. Christine is very humbled and excited to be a finalist.