In a few days it is my 27th birthday.
I may have my struggles, things I’m dealing with but I have access to everything I need. A roof over my head, good food to eat, clean water to drink, a job, career prospects and things to occupy my time, body and mind. And although there’s a lot of things I want (and a birthdays a time to be celebrated), there are 27 causes/charities that deserve more attention/money then I do. If you’re reading this and are feeling generous/have something to give, donate your money, time or platform to one of these. Some are very close to my heart, others I have supported in the past and some I just understand are damn important and are services/organisations that do a lot of good.
- World Vision
Dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. I have had a sponsor child for a few years now and for $48 a month I can rest well knowing that I’m assisting him, his family and his community.
- Avner’s Foundation
To break through 40 years of no progress by doubling the number of people who survive Pancreatic Cancer by 2020. I lost my Grandad to this hideous diesease in 1995. Diagnosis meant a quick death for him, and for the majority of pancreatic cancer patients their fate is the same.
- Bowel Cancer Australia
Dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. In 2001 I lost my Grandma to Bowel Cancer. Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer.
- Parkinson’s Australia
Provides information and support to people living with Parkinson’s Disease and advocates on their behalf. My other Grandma was diagnosed with Parkinson’s later in her life (eventually contributing to her death). But for some people they have to fight through this disease for many years.
- Shake It Up (Partnered with Michael J Fox Foundation)
Promotes and funds Parkinson’s disease research in Australia aimed at better treatments and ultimately a cure.
- House With No Steps
Dedicated to ensuring people with a disability have greater choice, control, and freedom – we work hard to make sure everyone we support gets a fair go.
- Salvation Army
Helps provide hope, opportunity and freedom to all Australians without discrimination.
- Dance Ability
Enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities through dance and music.
- Beyond Blue
Provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
- Reach Out
Organisation for young people, providing practical support to help them get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.
Providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
- Where Pigs Fly
Rescue sanctuary dedicated to the shelter and care of farmed animals in need.
- Animals Australia
Works to protect the most vulnerable and abused animals in our society. Join us to help end factory farming & protect ALL animals from cruelty.
Delivering services to help improve the lives of animals in Australia.
- The Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC)
Set up over 10 years ago to combat the high extinction rate of Australian flora and fauna.
- White Ribbon Australia
Let’s build a future free from violence and abuse. They aim to help prevent men’s violence against women.
- Intellectual Disability Rights Service
Specialist legal advocacy service for people with intellectual disability in New South Wales. We work with and for people with intellectual disability to exercise and advance their rights.
- NSW Council for Intellectually Disabled
Works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things.
- Sydney Homeless Connect
Provides an annual winter event at Sydney Town Hall where our open-do policy allows people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to connect with service and care providers to help them move forward.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation
Leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer.
- Wear For Success
Everyone has potential. Wear for Success helps them find it. If we can engender confidence in people by helping them look and feel the part on their journey towards employment, then we’ve done our job.
- Red Cross
Help Australians rebuild and look forward, even after disaster.
Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
- Twenty Ten
We work with and support young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and friends.
- Australia Marriage Equality
Working for equal marriage rights for all Australians regardless of their gender or sexuality.
They help young people who are going through a tough time.
- Street Smart
StreetSmart believe everyone should have a safe and secure place to call home. We work to raise funds and awareness to bring about change for people experiencing homelessness or at risk.