Sally Begbie AO (Marr, 1968)
Sally Begbie is co-founder of Crossroads, an NGO based in Hong Kong that gathers and sends humanitarian aid in Hong Kong and throughout the world. Sally and her husband, Malcolm, (a Barker graduate) have served developing nations since 1979.
As we looked at a world in need, we saw how much life had given us: a constant roof over our heads, more than enough to eat and, of course, privileged schooling. We didn’t know if our lives could make much difference to those in need, but felt compelled to try.
In 2012, Sally and Malcolm both received the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) award. The Begbies' work with Crossroads began in 1995, when they sent humanitarian aid to flood victims in China.
Today, they routinely ship to scores of countries, helping orphans, refugees, disaster victims and people in medical, educational or economic need. The Begbie family is embedded in the fibre of Abbotsleigh.
As Sally points out “My mother, aunt, cousins, sister and niece all attended Abbotsleigh. So did Crossroads’ international Chairperson. Over the years, we wondered, of course, who our sons might marry. Given the fact that they share this work with us, and have been in all kinds of countries, meeting people of many nationalities, we thought it unlikely they would marry Australians. Both, however, astonished us by marrying Abbotsleigh Old Girls!
As well, of course, we have the wonderful privilege of Abbotsleigh teams and individuals coming to Crossroads and helping with the work. There are three Abbotsleigh Old Girls on staff right now and, from time to time, we have more." Sally concludes, “In a broken world, we hope, as our name suggests, to be a crossroads: bringing together those in need with those who can help.