Alison was born and raised in the Central Highlands of Queensland. On leaving school, Alison began working for Stock and Station agents, where she worked for 11 years and met her husband, Terry. With 3 sons, life was certainly busy but Alison established and ran 3 successful businesses: a gift shop for 3 years, Emerald Boarding Kennels and Cattery for 23 years (which housed up to 150 animals!) and Emerald Homestay – a venture in which Alison and Terry opened up their home in their usual hospitable style as a Bed and Breakfast.
Following a trip to Zambia in 2002 to meet her son’s sponsor child, Alison felt drawn to help the people of the community she visited. Working tirelessly with a small group of friends and volunteers, Alison founded Our Rainbow House charity. You can read the full story of how our Project began here.
“I love doing this work for people not as lucky as me.”