Go Beyond All Borders began as a seed of belief and a hope that when love is lived out practically, it can change and heal the world.
After the trauma of losing her eleven week old baby, Caz Holmes realised that she had a choice in how she chose to deal with the pain. Caz’s choice was to channel this experience to make a positive difference in the lives of children around the world.
GBAB began with a trip to an orphanage in Northern Thailand in 2006.
Caz didn’t have a background of affluence, she was raised in a middle-class home with her loving family. But it didn’t take long for Caz to realise that you don’t need to be rich to make a difference. She was inspired by the amazing children. Despite their stories of tragedy, heartbreak and loss, Caz witnessed an incredible hope, love and joy.
It was very evident to Caz that there was a great need for funds to help support education and much needed health care. This ignited the passion in her heart to expose and bring awareness to the needs of our world.
GBAB chooses to partner with people who are living out God-inspired ways of supporting disadvantaged children around the world.
MONSTA FOUNDATION (GLOBAL)
Every Monsta Foundation project focuses on sustainability and empowerment of the community, ensuring that the contribution is transformed into future benefit. Monsta Foundation has resourced initiatives including the Huruma Fish Farm projects, various developmental projects in Kenya & the Philippines, water filtration projects and disaster relief.
“Caz and GBAB have been a massive inspiration in my life” - Cameron Greenwood
HURUMA CHILDREN’S HOME (NAIROBI, KENYA)
The Huruma Children’s home started with 7 orphaned children and now cares for 150 orphaned children and 100 needy children from the slums of Mathare (Ngong). In addition, the home runs the Ngong Huruma Primary and Secondary Schools which are open to the community and neighbouring environs of Kajiado and beyond. In total the school caters for 400 children during the school term.
“They are not just intent on volunteering and giving but they have also become part of Huruma Family and that is what makes them stand out” - Mama Zipporah
BAAN OP UN (CHIANG MAI, THAILAND)
Baan Op Un is a foster home that cares for children of all ages and works alongside both government orphanages and other foundations.
“They have the grass roots knowledge of who I am and what God is doing not only at Baan Op Un but also in my life. Caz really cares and is not afraid to ask hard questions and help to find solutions to difficult problems” - Laura Borg
ZOE’S HOUSE (CHIANG MAI, THAILAND)
Zoe’s House provides safety and shelter for orphans, children deemed to be highly at risk of trafficking by ZOE’s Child Rescue Department, and children rescued directly from slavery.
BLESSING BAGS (MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA)
Blessing Bags is an incorporated association that provides basic essentials to those in need across Melbourne and Victoria, including people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence victims, refugees and families in low socio-economic areas.
“We love the relationships that GBAB have with the people that they work with” - Laura Toole
GBAB is led by a core team of people who are all passionate about loving large and making a difference in the world.
CAZ HOLMES – FOUNDER
Caz Holmes started GBAB in 2006 and since then, has served as GBAB’s Director. Caz is married to Murray and has two adult children and a growing global GBAB family.
``You don't need to be rich to make a difference`` - Caz
GEOFF WOOD – TREASURER
Geoff Wood has been going on GBAB trips for more than 10 years and has been looking after GBAB’s finances for the last 2 years. In his spare time, Geoff enjoys running and travelling.
``It's easy to support those who are less fortunate than us`` - Geoff
MURRAY HOLMES – CORE TEAM
Murray Holmes is passionate about making a difference in the world and seeing lives transformed. He is married to Caz with two adult children, is a Senior Pastor, and has been involved with GBAB from the beginning.
``We're called to provide care, love and practical resources for the poor and needy`` - Murray
ANDREW BROOKS – CORE TEAM
Andrew Brooks got involved with GBAB after seeing the impact of the awareness trips. Andrew is an avid traveller with business experience and a passion for making a difference.
“I’m passionate about growing GBAB’s impact`` - Andrew
KAREN SHANNON – CORE TEAM
Karen Shannon went on her first GBAB trip to Kenya in 2012 and continues to be inspired by the tangible difference GBAB makes in the lives of children. Karen brings her experience in business operations management to the GBAB core team.
“It's an honour and a privilege to make a difference with GBAB`` - Karen
BROOKE HOLMES – SOCIAL MEDIA
Brooke Holmes went on her first GBAB exposure trip in 2017 and wants to see all people experience a fullness of joy and hope. Brooke uses her skills in admin and marketing to help GBAB create awareness and is spending 3 months of 2018 volunteering and serving at Huruma Children’s Home.
“I am forever changed because of my interactions with GBAB” - Brooke
The GBAB Tribe is made up of a diverse bunch of core team members, recipient partners, strategic partners, corporate partners, child sponsors, awareness trip-goers and supporters.
These amazing people use their passion, generosity, humility, love and sense of fun to contribute to the work of GBAB in a myriad of different ways.
There’s no cost to join the GBAB tribe, just a willingness to love large!
We’re always looking for more people who want to make a difference and get involved! Are you ready to make YOUR difference?