Michelle Lawson - Director & Founder
Always wanting to make a good and positive difference to someone else’s life - Michelle has been involved with fundraising from a very young age – collecting for the Salvation Army as a teenager to holding events and raising money for the Qld Cancer Fund, Starlight (QLD), Challenge (VIC) & Childhood Cancer Support (Qld).
In 2007 it was decided (along with Michelle’s husband Phil & long time friend Kim Spillman) to establish their own foundation that would:-
not be limited by illness or issue to do with a child
would be administration cost free
would be purely run by volunteers.
Michelle has had extensive financial / accounting experience with some of Australia’s largest corporate businesses and now runs a business with Phil - DARLIN (Aust) – a homeware, giftware & woodware importer and wholesaler.
Phil Lawson - Director & Co-Founder
Phil (Michelle's Husband) shares her passion for fundraising and helping those in need.
Phil has had a diverse career as a sales manager for Proctor & Gamble and Leather Italia. As Director of DARLIN (Aust), his focus is on the sales and marketing.
Phil continues to support Michelle and the team at Zig Zag with behind the scenes support and sourcing of donated items for the events that can be used in our auctions and raffles.
Phil & Michelle are very proud parents of five healthy and proactive children & one granddaughter.
Their greatest reward for the hard work that goes into the foundation is seeing the results of the funding - knowing that they have been able to help in a small way to make a child's life just that little bit better. They also love the time spent with volunteers, guests and sponsors who generously support Zig Zag - it is very overwhelming at times and always appreciated.
Kim Spillman - Director & Co-Founder
Kim has been a long-time close friend of Michelle’s and has been involved with fundraising with Michelle since 1996.
Kim is a well renowned personal trainer and has been in business with her business partner Craig for the last 22 years. Their studio is based in Windsor (inner Brisbane North) and they specialise in personal training for real people looking for a real life solution to health and well-being. Their clients vary in age and they love Kim & Craig’s unique, individually tailored training packages that have helped them reach their potential.
"I have been privileged to work with Michelle and Phil in developing and helping the Zig Zag Foundation grow and raise money for the many organisations who apply for funding that support children. My greatest reward however, has been witnessing firsthand the benefits of our fundraising (the equipment, the successful projects, the switch on of a cochlear implants).
I also have the pleasure of interacting with the many hundreds of people who are more than happy to give their time as volunteers, ambassadors, prize donors and sponsors – so many amazing people.
I am blessed to have a healthy son who I adore and I thank him for his support. I also thank Craig (my business partner – Brisbane Personal Trainers) and my clients who allow me to go missing from work around event times.