humans of mac+mae: John Elliott

These TOMS shoes were painted by Bertie Blackman at a special charity event held at a Westfield Shopping Centre in Sydney in July this year. They are called “Fallen from the Stars” and she gave them to me as a memento. These shoes are special as they remind me how talented Bertie is and how business can have great positive outcomes.

The really cool thing about this store was that Westfield’s helped TOMS by providing a store and their staff volunteered to help us raise money for a local community group, Holdsworth. Not only were we able to give 657 new shoes to children in need, restore 44 people’s sight and help 29 women with birthing kits and education to provide safer birthing conditions, but we raised $16,500 for Holdsworth. Westfield’s have been working with Holdsworth since 2008 to provide positive outcomes for the local community. It’s so inspiring to work with people that are committed to elevating purpose in business. Bertie is not only a great musician and artist but also a delightful person.

John Elliott is the Managing Director for TOMS, Australia and New Zealand.  This year on World Sight Day, TOMS encouraged their community to take a day to ‘Unite to Give Sight’.  Through the work that they do, TOMS hopes to bring attention to blindness and other visual impairment issues, educate about the aspects of life that are most greatly impacted by loss of vision and offer a way to make a difference with TOMS Eyewear.  Through proceeds of their eyewear range, TOMS has helped restore sight to 400,000 people in need with prescription glasses, medical treatment and sight-saving surgery.   Find out more.


Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –