Category Archives: Sri Lanka and Bruno’s Community

Now available in Sri Lanka at Barefoot


AAW now available in Sri Lanka

AAW now available at Barefoot, Colombo

Accidental Aid Worker has ‘come home’ to Sri Lanka and is now available exclusively at Sri Lanka’s most beautiful place for quality gifts, crafts, fabrics, art and of course, books – Barefoot Celyon.

Be sure to ask for your copy of Accidental Aid Worker at the bookshop, which houses the finest collection of books about Sri Lanka.

Barefoot Celyon – 704 GALLE ROAD Colombo 03

Fundraiser for book and Geraldine’s 70th Birthday – 21 June

You don’t want to miss THIS event  – the most unique fundraiser in town on Sunday 21 June 2015 from 1 – 4pm.

BOOK HERE – until Friday 19 June – NO tickets at the door or on the day

Limited places are available for Sue Liu’s fundraiser, which is called a “book shower” for her memoir Accidental aid worker.  The afternoon event starts at 1pm and will be a cook-in at Bondi’s Our Big Kitchen – and will also be featuring an introduction to the book and  publishing project -so far 2 years in the making.

Special guests are Sarojini, who will be visiting from Sri Lanka (visa permitting) and Geraldine Cox, who will be celebrating her 70th Birthday with a special afternoon tea. It’s a fundraiser, so Sue is putting on a very crafty little market so you can buy goodies  – with funds raised going toward the publication of her book, communities and Sri Lanka and to Sunrise.

Sue will be making a few announcements and the book and will also share news about projects in Sri Lanka after her recent trip in April. She will also read the chapter, that tells of her meeting with Ms Cox in 2006 – which has lead to over 8 years of love and support with Sunrise Children’s Villages in Cambodia.

It’s a unique afternoon packed full of celebrations that you don’t want to miss!

It’s a ‘book shower’ and fundraiser for Sue’s upcoming book – Accidental aid worker and an afternoon tea 70th birthday celebration for Geraldine Cox.

  • An introduction to the book that spans more than 11 years and features adventures with Sri Lankan and Cambodian communities
  • A special chapter reading – find out how Sue met Geraldine Cox from Sunrise Children’s Villages
  • Meet special guest Geraldine Cox and celebrate her 70th birthday with afternoon tea
  • An announcement about the book project – VERY EXCITING!
  • Cook-in including a challah baking
  • Lots of goodies to buy at Zulu’s market – with funds going toward the book project, Sri Lankan communities and Sunrise Children’s Villages


  • Adults +16 yrs = $55 incl gst + $2 booking fee = $57.00
  • Kids – 15 yrs = $25 incl gst + $2 booking fee = $27.00

Ticket price includes GST supports Our Big Kitchen, the book project, Sri Lankan communities and Sunrise Children’s Villages.  A booking fee of $2.00 per ticket covers finance and administration fees associated with online bookings. Tickets are non-refundable. If you can not make it on the day you are welcome to send a substitute or sponsor someone to attend who can not afford a ticket.

For further details contact Sue on 0411 743015  – BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE



Candles for Community 2014 – for Sri Lanka, Cambodia AND a book project!

Ordering between: November 4 – 15 December for your Christmas delivery.

It’s a short campaign this year with less than 7 weeks to order your candles and gifts ( and counting down!) If you think “Ah…I have plenty of time..” well you may, but don’t leave it too late. Last orders will be taken on 15 December with the very last dispatch on  18 December.

As well as some of your favorites, I’ve introduced some newbies to the range! This year I have introduced:

  • A new flavour – Gardenia! It has already been popular with all of my lucky testers receiving samples – and loving that fresh, floral scent so much, I added it for everyone to enjoy!
  • HOT Pink now joins the popular mosaic familyand it’s as pretty as can be. It’s bound to be a hit with the pink lovers.
  • El Grande is the biggie of the range – an elegant large jar with a lid for those who like their candles, well, BIG! It has an estimated burn time of 85 hrs.
  •  And most excitingly -the Zulu community bag is here! I customised what is a monk’s bag and had them custom made in Cambodia. It comes in red or orange, with a donation to communities included! This will be free for you if your order is over $150
  • Here is the Candles for Community 2014 -2015 flyer that you can send to friends, family and colleagues. Your support in getting the word out there is so appreciated!

Give gifts that give back!

Each candle and card contains a donation component, which I donate at the end of the campaign to my chosen communities. The donation ranges from $2 – $6.50, and some items I have made the donation exclusive to a cause.

ACCIDENTAL AID WORKER – the story about Zulu’s Community over the last 10 years.

Accidental aid worker cover

Since 2005, I’ve been working voluntarily to develop creative opportunities and campaigns that engage and inspire others to take action to help people in need. Candles for Community has been one of the most loved and enduring campaigns that helps me to raise awareness and funds to support communities in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and organisations that support refugees and vulnerable communities in Australia.

I’m currently writing and self-publishing my memoir called Accidental aid worker, which is a journey through my adventures and experiences working with quirky individuals in far flung places who have devoted their lives to supporting people in their communities. Part of the profits from this years’ Candles for Community will help to fund the publication of this work, which also guide people with similar desires to craft their own campaigns and community ventures. You can read about this project by visiting

I’ll be writing more about Sri Lanka in the coming weeks – and also about Bruno’s Community . I’ll be in Sri Lanka late January – so hope to spend our donation dollars in communities while I’m there doing final research on my book with Bruno. You will certainly find out more about that – when my book is launched in late June (that’s the plan) with my very own Geraldine Cox by my side!

 Dedicated to Sunrise – the Sunrise Collection!


GroupshotsmallThere is a collection of gifts dedicated to SUNRISE and all funds raised from these items as stated will be donated.

It includes the GODDESS candle(dedicated to Geraldine), Sunrise kids cards and the orange Zulu Community bag – where the donation from those goods is dedicated to helping the kids. Have a look at the For Sunrise and Geraldine collection here!


The short answer is no – I don’t have a big audacious figure to shoot for. I just want to see how we go. I say WE – because it’s up to how well we do in selling, making and providing your gifts for Christmas, as to how much moolah I can give to my communities.

SO, if you love my candles, cards, gifts, flavors, creativity and efforts to build and support community, PLEASE order your gifts from Candles for Community, and tell all your friends, family and colleagues about us.

Everybody wins here.

Sue-21Thanks for your support,

and enjoy your candles and gifts.

Sue x


Accidental aid worker – writing a book on the road

Many know that I am writing a book. It’s called Accidental aid worker and I have been working on this project since March 2013 – but seriously – SERIOUSLY since July this year.

The story starts in 2004 with a trip to Sri Lanka, and is a traveller’s tale about getting involved in humanitarian work as a well meaning volunteer. My story is about time I spend working with people and communities in Sri Lanka after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

In order to achieve, firstly the telling of this tale, I’m writing a book and planning to self publish. First step in this process though, is achieving a first draft of the book – which is looking to be quite a BIG BOOK! Already, I’ve drafted over 60,000 words – and am in the process of editing my chapters to be suitable for a first reading. This is BEFORE it even gets to editing stage!

If I’m going to achieve a result – I have to FOCUS on this as a serious venture – so it now is my WORK. I have scaled back working with clients and have allocated 2 days per week to this publishing project. I have set aside Wednesdays as my writing day and in October will be doing my 2nd 4 day retreat. I feel that this is the only way I’m going to be successful in writing and bringing this story to you.

Writing about the process of writing a book!

I publish a regular Writing Wednesday story – about the process of writing this book. I try and have a bit of fun with it too – because on Wednesdays I take myself out of my office and try different locations.

So far I have been to  and written about writing at:

Look – I feel like I’m making progress and part 1 of my book is now complete. I’m excited, and working hard toward completing part 2 next week.

I hope to have a first draft completed by the end of October, and to bring this book to you in the first half of 2015.

Find out more about my journey writing this book at