As usual, what is written below, is subject to change or being rescinded.
We believe in Equality therefore we will not be referring to our Team, other than Team Members or Family.
We will treat each T/M with respect, dignity, equality and fairly, and each will be able to make suggestions.
We will involve each T/M in most decisions, especially those surrounding them.
Our goal is to employ unskilled Humans, 21+, who will be trained in transferrable skills.
Part Time, 16-20 hours per week $400-$500 @ $25 per hour, +20% super and $1 per completed candle, (Candle Making Duties).
Full Time 40 Hours, Same As Above. Added Extra: Will receive 1 paid day off monthly. Hence why F/T’s work an extra 2 hours weekly, unpaid.
Hours: Monday to Friday 07:00–17:00, yes, it’s 10 hours, but breaks will be unpaid.
Breaks: 30 Minutes each for morning and afternoon tea. 1 Hour for lunch.
Team Members can elect to have their breaks reduced.
At this stage, No T/M will work weekends or Public Holidays, we will ask for volunteers. Weekends/P/H worked will only be when we are struggling to keep up with orders. W/E & P/H Rates to be determined & advised in writing before offering weekend/PH work.
Each Team Member will be trained in all areas of the business:
We envisage being a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), however, if that does not occur, then T/M’s will be able to attend Classroom Training, 1 or 2 days per week, paid of course in addition to their Onsite working attendance.
We want to help Everyday Humans succeed, both Career and Financially Wise.
We will also allow flexibility in the workplace for new parents.
Hopefully there will be a Child-Minding space, so parents can work and still be close to their offspring.
If anybody reading this is unemployed, my suggestion is request all your loved ones to own memberships so you will have the chance to be employed, especially those of you who reside in Melbourne, Australia. What an awesome Christmas present that would be.
T/M Leave Benefits:
1 Mental Health Day per month.
12 days Sick Leave.
Additional 12 days Personal Leave.
5 weeks Annually.
Non-Smokers will receive an additional leave day per month.
Additional Bonus: Leave days can accrue into the following calendar year, or paid out in cash, T/M’s willl decide.
Many people assume Transgender minors are going through “A Phase,” when they tell “Grown-Ups” they are trans.
Yet, Cisgender children are not questioned about their Gender Identity or Seggsual Orientation.
I knew in 1970, I was a gurl, but unable to be truthful to the “Grown-Ups” around me for fear of physical abuse.
My reason for writing this is to educate about Trans Children.
By allowing a Trans minor to take blockers before puberty, will help their body go through the desired puberty they feel most comfortable.
N. B. A minor can change their mind & stop anytime they wish, if they feel it’s not for them. Also Gender Reassignment Surgeries will not occur until the person (winner) turns 18. Hormones make a Trans person infertile.
Benefits of Blockers: MtF: Minimal facial hair, Voice will not get as deep hormones will work better. FtM: Honestly, I’m not sure, could be the opposite.
The below statement by Jazz Jennings is perfect:
I personally know of several people who knew they were “Different” but had no support, & ended their lives.
Everyone deserves to live their lives how they want.
This is my 2nd time living as a female, as the 1st time around, I had no support, & yes, I thought about ending my life many times.
I’m sick of how many people feel THEY can interfere in others lives. This has occured many times to me.
My best advice,
If you would like to learn more about what it was like for me growing up, I invite you to purchase my eBook, entitled:
FCCM’s will be able to create 2 Signature Candles, which will be named after them.
i.e. Melissa Jensen & M A W J. This is an example.
MCC will be a Members Only Business, this is so we can reward our members, because each member will be the backbone to the business.
Once off Joining Fee is $25 AUD, electronic payments only. Payment plans available. $5 deposit will secure your membership.
100,000 FCCM’s ONLY
FCCM eCertificate issued, via email, to each FCCM, upon full payment.
Receive 2 Free Candles during your Birth Month.
Annual Merchandise Packs valued at $1000 AUD, gifted to the top earning FCCM during a Financial Year: July-June
We also hope to host a fortnightly fun filled afternoon, for 2,500 FCCM’s per afternoon: We will provide dates on the FCCM portal once MCC established.
Fun Filled afternoons will be either at St. Kilda, Melbourne or Milson’s Point, Sydney.
Receive $5 commission per candlebought from your referral.
This commission can be paid in the following ways:
Full amount per month, minimum $100 to your nominated Financial Institution
Or split 5 ways:
20% each to 4 charities of your choice in your name.
20% can be paid to you, or placed in our trust fund & available to you if you need quick access to funds, or 10% paid, with 10% in Trust Account, YOUR Choice.
If a non-member decides to buy, when they input their postal/zip code for their address, the nearest FCCM’s name will pop up, meaning YOU will receive the commission, & the buyer will receive a question along the lines of:
“Do you agree to your details being provided to your nearest member, Sample: Melissa?”
If they do not tick Yes, the commission remains with MCC in our trust account, with the funds distributed during the annual Payment.
If they tick yes, the nearest member will receive a notification about this new customer, for the member to then contact the customer. I would suggest the initial contact as an email.
The above is an example only, please do not click the link as it does not work. There is an active, genuine email address near the end of this document.
FCCM’s will be invited to a weekly live Online Meeting
FCCM’s will be first advised about Employment Opportunities, Events, New Products & will be able to make suggestions too.
Each FCCM will also be eligible for the following:
Australia & NZ: 12 Months Guaranteed Employment
Rest of the World: 6 Months Sponsored Employment, with the possibility of an extension, subject to Government Regulations at the time,
At our First Production Studio, which will be located in Victoria, Australia.
FCCM’s will share 80% of Annual After Tax profits, which will be paid early November annually, hoping to start November 2023.
For Transparency reasons, I need to advise:
The Joining Fees will be used to fund the establishment of MCC, however, if the minimal $$$$$$$$$ are not achieved, then each FCCM will receive a Full Refund.
Payments MUST Be made to either Melissa’s Australian Bank Account, or her Wise account.
However, once MCC established, a Business Bank Account will be opened, & will receive payments for candles, wax melts, etc. This will also be the account in which all payments will be paid from to FCCM’s, T/M’s, Suppliers, Government Fees/Taxation/Superannuation requirements.
We will never request credit card details, or accept cash, therefore if someone asks for either, please let us know.
How You, as an FCCM, receive payments from your customers, is up to you, but all payments to us, must be electronic.
I apologise for mentioning that more than once, but I feel it’s important.
Our Goal with YOUR Help is to give back to others, including you, but also employ Unemployed, Untrained Winners, so they can seek their ideal position.
We want to help FCCM’s achieve Financial Security within 5-10 years.
To All You Amazing, Influential, Inspiring, Winners:
This may upset many, especially those who were there and experienced it worse than me. I apologise in advance. What is written below is from my experience during and after the clean-up.
I recently remembered these events, why, I have no idea. My emotions got bad again. I decided to write this, for me to release these emotions, but also share my experience.
This is the main reason why I don’t like the Christmas/NY season.
Many people were looking forward to spending the time with loved ones and maybe catching up with long lost friends and/or relatives.
Christmas, I was working, but then had several days off. I was working in Sydney.
The day of the Earthquake, I was celebrating a belated Christmas with other colleagues when there was an interruption to the radio, announcing what had happened.
My first thoughts were, hope everyone is safe and well.
We all sat stunned about this, but we were concerned about everyone there.
We turned the television on to see if there was anything. There was, but sketchy reports coming in, both about the scale and damage, but also injuries.
Suddenly the phone (Landline) rang, then mobile (cell) phones had not reached us.
My friend picked up the phone and talked, then advised who was with him. We were all asked if we could head up to help with the clean up.
We all said yes. We were advised to be at the depot by 4pm and to pack old clothes, enough to last about 4-7 days.
I called mum to advise her, and she packed for me. I advised I could take several of my colleagues with me, to save taking up too many car spaces, we agreed. Other colleagues did the same then we all parted ways.
The drive home was surreal, because it was unexpected and I was still reeling from the train disaster in 1977.
Once I got home, had a shower, then dressed and rang my first pick up. Hugged my parents and left.
I drove to the first person, he called the 2nd, then we left, upon arrival, 2nd called 3rd and 4th, they lived almost next door to each other.
Once they were on board, we headed to the depot.
Upon arrival, I was guided to a secure area of the depot to park. I knew my van would be safe.
We headed inside for a briefing.
There were refreshments laid out for us.
The briefing was to update us on events up there. We were told we would not be anywhere near the Workers Club, which had borne the brunt of the damage.
We were told we would be concentrating on the transport depots.
Afterwards, we would be sent elsewhere, at the time, no one knew.
Once the briefing was over, we all headed to the bus and boarded.
The drive up was sombre as everyone was thinking the worst upon arrival.
When we arrived, it was getting dark. We were driven into the depot.
We headed inside to join the other volunteers, some of whom I knew.
Our sleeping arrangements were allocated, then we all headed to get some much needed sleep, maybe the best sleep for a few days.
Strangely enough I slept well.
We all woke early the next day to breakfast and job allocations.
The depot and vehicles sustained some damage, so we all got allocated our jobs:
My depot colleagues were allocated cleaning up inside.
There were chairs, tables, display boards, and rubble all around us.
We worked well as a team and within a couple of hours, had removed the rubble and righted the chairs and tables. The display boards were all smashed, but repairable, which got put aside to be repaired.
Once we had finished and the depot looked sort of workable, we had lunch.
After lunch we were advised of being needed elsewhere.
We boarded the buses and were driven to the location.
I finally started seeing the carnage and was amazed so little people were fatally injured.
There was rubble everywhere, bricks, street signs, awnings, several cars had been pushed into the middle of the roadway.
It was an eerie site because I had never seen it so quiet.
I started feeling weird, still don’t know why.
I looked at the rest of my colleagues and they too were shocked by the site.
We soon arrived at our allocated area.
Again, we never went anywhere near the Workers Club site.
We alighted and handed gloves, disposable overalls face shields and hats, then led to our clean up area.
Teams of 4 plus a supervisor were announced. To allow for better communication, each person was from a different location, which suited me.
Each team then headed off to start clearing the road.
This was not easy as it was by hand. The reason for this, all the heavy machinery were at the club site. Thankfully we were instructed to pile the bricks along the side of the road, which we did, but any other rubbish, like street signs, awnings or store stock, yes there was a lot, was to be placed in the middle of the road.
Again, I felt weird. Something, I still can’t explain.
We all worked well, and within 6 hours, had the area cleaned up and honestly, it looked great. Of course, we were all hot, sweaty, tired and in need of cold refreshment, even I wanted a beer. We were handed a cold can each and gulped the contents, which for me was a mistake as it caused me to get sick.
After we had rested a bit, we headed off to do some more clearing up.
Once it got dark, we piled back into the buses and headed back to the depot.
We all had showers, then dinner.
Our debrief was talking about today’s jobs and how well we all did.
Despite the heat, we all sat outside to relax and drink some more beer.
We were told, for New Years Eve, there would be a barbecue laid on for us and January 1st would be a rest day, if we could get the street finished.
This was the incentive we needed, not we needed one, we were there to help clean up and get Newcastle back to its glorious heyday.
FYI: I have had an affiliation with Newcastle since I was a child and the region has always been a favourite destination of mine, well until 2018.
Around 10pm we all started getting tired and started heading to bed. Strangely, I fell asleep quickly. I didn’t know a thing until I was woken at 5am.
Again, we went to have breakfast, then boarded out buses.
We heard on the grape line, the workers club had multiple fatalities, but at the time were not told how many.
We worked hard that day, clearing and sorting rubble out, despite being hot. FYI: This time of year, it’s Summer.
The street looked like a bomb had hit.
Late afternoon, we were all able to go and have a swim in the river, didn’t need to any of us twice, we stripped to our briefs and dove in. It felt good.
Suddenly, there was a scream, and we all looked to see a colleague tangled up in something.
We all swam over to untangle him, which we did. We found it was a fishing net.
Where it came from, no one knew.
After a while, we got out and dressed, then headed back to the depot for dinner and today’s debrief.
Sleep didn’t come easy, knowing there were fatalities, and I was concerned whether I knew any, or even those injured too.
The next day, we all woke up and showered, had breakfast, then advised, we were taking the day off to rest up.
The reason being, there was more after shocks expected and it was safer to keep us at the depot.
I felt restless and useless because I wanted to get out there to help.
This was the first time in my life, I started accepting:
The day was spent, either reflecting on how long it would take for Newcastle to fully recover from this, but also the psychological effects of the residents.
In my opinion, had it not been the Christmas and New Year period and a Bus Strike, I feel the death toll could have been much higher.
I joined in with the others playing pool, pinball machines, cards, and some of us decided, with permission, to go for a walk.
This allowed us to see what homes and businesses still stood unaffected by the Earthquake.
Surprisingly, there was little damage, that we could see, of course, each home had been sealed off until declared safe.
The following day was New Years Eve, and honestly, I didn’t want to be there.
We were able to perform some cleaning up, which was good.
Around 3pm, we finished and headed back to the depot to shower and get ready for the barbecue.
Despite being with many old, and now new, colleagues, I felt strange, something as I’ve already said, can’t describe.
The food was amazing, but we all sat around in disbelief.
FYI: Christmas and New Years have never been the same for me, as I always think back to this time.
Many people have assumed I despise this time, it’s not, its because I remember being in Newcastle and just how eerie it was then, and it usually brings tears for me.
After another week of helping out, we all started dispersing back to our own depots.
Each of us, from my depot were given a week off to rest up.
I was happy as I needed time.
Despite others trying to find out what happened, I never divulged to them. This was because I was a man and knew if I said anything, would break into tears, and as my father would say: “Men Don’t Cry.”
Once I returned to work, all seemed ok, until one afternoon, I was driving home and my emotions exploded.
I pulled over and let them out, but I also screamed so loud someone called the Police.
The Police arrived not long after and investigated. I realised I scared someone.
I was spoken to about what happened, and for the first since leaving Newcastle, I released my feelings. My parents were called and they drove to the location.
I never fully revealed to anyone how this event affected me.
Writing this blog has been hard, but I feel better now that I’ve told my story about being there.
As it was the late 1980’s, early 90’s, counselling was not offered, or rarely was. I feel if I had been offered it, I would have accepted and would not be the mental mess I am today.
To anyone reading who was either in Newcastle at the time and/or lost anyone:
PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES.
Update: September 2021, I experienced my first Earthquake, when Melbourne, Australia and many parts of Victoria and Australia were shaken by the quake.
Despite it only lasting less than 2 minutes, I have had flashbacks to Newcastle, but also suffering nightmares too, which have taken their toll on me, Emotionally, Mentally and Physically.
Thank You All for reading.
You Are All Amazing, Influential, Inspiring, Winners.
Update: To scrub floors, use a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Most people think using an exhaust fan will remove steam. They remove most surface steam. Best way to ensure all moisture has gone, is open windows for a few hours. This will allow the bathroom to fully clear.
Upon arrival back, grab the items mentioned yesterday. For safety, please wear disposable gloves. I start with vanity mirror.
Then use anti bacterial wipes, wiping down the surfaces, including taps/faucet/s & outer side of vanity, discard.
Grab a blue cloth & wipe over, removing residue. Then grab a microfibre and remove streaks, this should shine them.
Next, if you have a bath, spray the bath with an environmentally friendly product, then grab a scrubbing brush and scrub the bath, then the taps/faucet/s, grab the wipes and wipe over the bath. Continue until completely wiped over. Grab microfibre, same.
Then moving onto shower.
Spray the shower screen, grab your scrubbing brush and scrub the shower screens. Grab a blue cloth and wipe over, followed by a microfibre cloth.
Next spray the taps/faucet and wipe with a blue cloth and microfibre.
Next, spray the floor, in sections, scrub the tiles until all scum removed, move onto the next section. Once completed, use the shower head to remove the residue, if any scum left, repeat, until all scum removed.
Once finished, vacuum bathroom.
Grab spray mop, place a red microfibre pad. In the water bottle, 3/4 fill with clean, filtered water, then fill with disinfectant. Place in holder, then mop bathroom.
W/C: Grab toilet brush & clean inside. Then pour some cleaner in bowl. Then use an antibacterial wipe, wipe top of seat, then cistern, under seat, outside of bowl. Wipe over with a blue cloth only, discard. Mop W/C, ensure a red pad.
Once floors dry, you can steam mop both areas. Please don’t use carpet glider, (triangle plastic), as it will scratch the tiles.
Once completed, wash cloths, spray mop pads & steam mop pads, separate from normal clothes. I usually add 2 capfuls of disinfectant. I also conduct an empty clean, by pouring some disinfectant into drum.