MAY 2015


Mittagundi is an independent not-for-profit Outdoor Education Centre/Pioneer farm, in the Victorian High Country, that works with young people aged 14-17. Mittagundi was established around 35 years ago with the belief that young people, mountains, purposeful work and challenges are natural partners.

A deeply respected organisation in the High Country community, for over 30 years Mittagundi has provided challenging, life changing experiences for thousands of young people. It is an inspiring story of incredible effort against the odds. The organisation is run predominantly by volunteers and continues to exist only because of the will of the community, they don't receive any government funding; instead they rely on the generosity of the community to continue their amazing work with young people.

The funds raised thru Glass Half Full will go directly towards paying for much needed sponsorship positions at Mittagundi. Sponsorship positions are offered to young people who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend the Mittagundi program. Mittagundi's program fees are already very low cost, however for a number of young people and their families this cost is still unattainable. It is often apparent that the young people who benefit the most from attending Mittagundi are young people that are not in a position to pay the fees.

The 10 day program costs $425, so we are hoping to raise enough to put at least 10 young people through the program. 

For campaign three, we are delighted to have enlisted the generosity of Col McBryde of Some Young Punks and Mark Matthews of Mount Macleod as our key wine suppliers. 

OCTOBER 28 2014


We are delighted to announce that our second Glass Half Full campaign has raised $7,058.71 for the terrific Books in Homes program. Books in Homes will be using the proceeds to support the literacy and numeracy programs at Greenacre Public School, Bankstown.
This time around the wine was donated by Graillot Australia and the following establishments were fundamental to the success of our second campaign. We cannot thank these establishments enough for their support:

Spice Temple (Sydney and Melbourne)
Aria (Brisbane)
Rockpool Bar + Grill (Sydney)
Ombra (Melbourne)
The Lui Bar (Vue de Monde, Melbourne)
Huxtable (Melbourne)
Banks Fine Wines (Kyneton) 
Pearl Café (Brisbane)
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay (Sydney)
La Vita Buona/Caboose Canteen (Melbourne)

Our Sydney sales team will be attending the Book Giving Ceremony at Greenacre Public School in November to hand out the books to the Year 3 students. Located in the Bankstown area of Sydney, Greenacre Public School serves a multicultural community with 98% of the students coming to school with language backgrounds other than English. Greenacre is a large school with more than 750 students and since 2013 relies on corporate sponsors to continue their programs and initiatives in literacy, numeracy and student engagement.


Our second campaign, raising funds for Books in Homes Australia, is now fully subscribed and in full swing. We would like to deeply thank the following supporters


We recently had the pleasure to welcome Marcus Godinho, Chief Executive Officer of Fareshare, who popped into our office to collect a cheque for $4,463 —the charitable proceeds from our first Glass Half Full campaign. Marcus is pictured [above right] accepting the presentation cheque from Toolangi owner Garry Hounsell. Toolangi donated a sizeable chunk of their delicious  2009 Denton Vineyard Chardonnay, a wine that helped to make this campaign such a success.

Marcus reiterated that these funds will be used to prepare a remarkable 9000 meals for families in need and will be distributed via charities such as St Vincent de Paul’s Ozanam House, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Vinnies Vans and so on. A great cause and a great result. A big thank you to Garry & Julie Hounsell of Toolangi, the sales team and Bibendum Wine Co., and our supporting restaurants and merchants. 


For the second Glass Half Full campaign we have chosen to support Books in Homes Australia.  As their website explains, Books in Homes Australia’s vision is “to re-awaken a sense of wonder in children and excitement in parents, by creating an Australia where every child and family has access to books of choice at home." Delving into a little more detail, this education-based program seeks to:

  • involve whole-school-communities in creating a “value” for reading.
  • support schools to increase student attendance.
  •  support remote and low socio-economic schools by giving them equal   access to books-of-choice as their more advantaged urban peers.
  • motivate families and students to view reading as a “everyday” activity.
  •  create a legacy of books-of-choice in low socio-economic homes.

So far we are delighted to announce that Banks Fine Wine has rejoined us for this second campaign and we also welcome Brisbane high-flyers Aria and Pearl. Participating venues will be working with Graillot Australia's 2012 Syrah No.2. Made at Victoria's celebrated Port Phillip Estate winery, the 2012 Syrah No. 2 is the third vintage of this Heathcote Syrah (Shiraz) made in partnership between Bibendum Wine Co founder, Robert Walters, and legendary Northern Rhône winemaker, Alain Graillot. The wine was recently awarded 95 points by James Halliday in the Weekend Australian): “Black fruits, cherries to the fore, spice and black pepper couched in a silky web of ultrafine grained tannins, the palate long, immaculately balanced.



Our inaugural campaign which began in May 2014 has raised $4463.73 for the wonderful Fareshare.


Marcus Godinho of Fareshare has informed us that these funds will be used to prepare an additional 9000 meals for families in need via St Vincent de Paul’s Ozanam House, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Vinnies Vans and others.

The wine, Toolangi's fine Denton Chardonnay from 2009, was entirely donated by Julie and Garry Hounsell of Toolangi Vineyards. Supporting restaurants and merchants were: Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney, Rockpool Melbourne, Bottlehouse, Banks Fine Wine, Cumulus Inc, Vue de Monde, Aria, The Bridge Room, Boathouse at Blackwater, Bottle House and La Vita Buona. We'd like to send a big thank you to Toolangi wines and all the supporting restaurants and merchants. 



Many thanks to James Halliday for mentioning our fundraising initiative on his Wine Companion blog


"Bibendum Wine Co. – one of Australia’s leading distributors of fine wines – has supported a number of charitable organisations over the years, but has always wanted to do something within the industry to raise funds for the disadvantaged in the community... I think it’s an excellent initiative."