Connected By


At Connected By inc. (Connected By) we offer support to current and ex-service personnel, first responders and the general public to promote mental wellness through creative and challenging personal pursuits. We are raising funds to grow what we do, bigger and stronger, so we can reach and support more people.


We all know service careers at any level can take a toll and that the unsung heroes who show up to do jobs we don’t want to do are often left without the acknowledgement they deserve and sadly with scars that can’t be seen.  These scars can affect their quality of life, and the quality of life of those around them.

After the end of a career, after trauma or tragedy, after any number of life’s unexpected events, connection and purpose can be lost, at these times it is easy to feel isolated from family friends and community and the loneliness that can follow can affect even the strongest people.

Connected By is a Western Australian charity dedicated to creating a stronger safety net. We are creating connections beyond career, beyond tragedy or trauma, beyond position or label. We are creating a place for those who have served, for those who have protected, for those who care, and for those who have lost, a place for people in our community to learn and grow and connect through creativity.


Connected By has grown and evolved from the Bodhi Tree Surfboards build your own hollow wooden surfboard workshop. A workshop that over 10 years taught people how to build functional timber surfboards that are as beautiful in the water as on the wall. Over that time the Bodhi Tree Surfboards workshops were seen to provide value to people from all walks of life; doctors, teachers, tradies, soldiers, first responders, Mums and Dads and grommets, people who were ill, people who had never surfed, and people who just wanted to build an amazing board to hand down to their kids. The Bodhi Tree Surfboards workshops are the foundation for Connected By Inc.

At Connected By we don’t provide therapy, we provide opportunities for people to engage in activities and to learn and share skills that can help them move forward on the outside and on the inside. As well as teaching the general public Connected By receives referrals from rehabilitation providers to share with clients who suffer with things such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), hyper-vigilance, and depression, as well as providing opportunities for meaningful engagement, psychosocial interaction, and professional development. 

Connected By is starting life by sharing how to build hollow wooden surfboards bodyboards and paddleboards, but that’s just the start of how we aim to share and care.

Connected By Inc. is a registered A.C.N.C charity with full DGR (Deductable gift recipient) status so any donation or in-kind support you make over $2 is tax deductable. In-kind support offers will be presented to the Connected By Inc. board for approval based on suitability and constitutional alignment.


Whether it's $5 or $5000 every donation will help us grow.
We are currently raising funds to help establish a home base where we can grow to share even more, where we can increase the awareness, scope and reach of what we do to ultimately help more people in our community to connect and grow. Every dollar raised will help us get closer to building and expanding our services to include things like yoga, art, gardening, etc. but it will also help to provide those who cannot afford, or access funding, the opportunity to do our courses via sponsorship.  

The boards take between 40 and 80 hours to complete and that time can be stretched out as long as necessary, normally months, sometimes years. It's not just something to build, it's a place to be, a place to belong.


We want you to know that your donation is going towards creating an amazing space dedicated to giving back to those who have given so much, you can see where it goes and watch as we grow by following us on Facebook @Connectedbyinc and Instagram @Connected.By and for more information please check out our website and please sign up to the mailing list to follow us as we grow..

Your support will be acknowledged in our workshop, on our website and through our social media channels, and most importantly in the hearts and minds of those who benefit from your generosity. We want you to feel proud about helping us to help others. We want you to feel proud about giving back to those who give so much in times of need.

Thank you for your consideration and generosity.

A big thanks to Garth De Bruno Austin for donating his time and skills to create the amazing  video (check him out).


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Greg Wallace 
Raised $3,200 from 7 donations
Perth WA
Connected By Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically tax deductible in Australia.
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Kat Marshall 
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Raised $780 from 8 donations
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