Save the Children partners with QBE to support bushfire relief and recovery effort
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Save the Children is pleased to announce a joint initiative with insurer QBE to support relief and recovery efforts in areas ravaged by bushfires.

QBE has donated $250,000 toward Save the Children programs aimed at helping communities affected by the fires. The funding will support…

International volunteers reinforce local teams as bushfire crisis continues
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Salvation Army volunteers continue to provide around-the-clock support to disaster-affected communities around the country.


Due to the incredible need around Australia, The Salvation Army has begun deploying rotating international and interstate teams to reinforce local volunteers. The first international support team from New Zealand arrived…

How Aussies are rallying to help as a record bushfire season hits
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WHILST Red Cross Australia volunteers help in evacuation and recovery centres, Australians have found inventive ways to raise funds to support people in times of disasters. Thank you to everyone who has generously given so far.

From punk rockers to rally car drivers to school…

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The RSPCA has adapted their much-loved national dog walking event by launching the Million Paws Walk: Walk This May.

The RSPCA has adapted their much-loved national dog walking event by launching the Million Paws Walk: Walk This May.

In response to ongoing developments of COVID-19, the RSPCA will no longer be able hold the usual public event on Sunday 17 May, however, this new event will see dog owners hit the pavement in their own neighbourhoods and backyards, responsibly walking to fight animal cruelty in May.

Million Paws Walk: Walk This May, will celebrate a mutual love of animals while keeping pets and owners safe and healthy.

Instead, participants are encouraged to don their workout gear, grab the leash and walk with purpose in their own backyards, knowing their contribution is helping RSPCA continue to do their vital work in animal welfare.

“The coming months are likely to require significant changes to our usual behaviours as we respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes how we exercise and entertain our pets,” RSPCA Australia CEO Richard Mussell said.

“While social distancing and self-isolation are increasingly recommended, we still need to keep our pets – and ourselves – exercised and entertained.

“This may mean walking in public while maintaining safe distances and good hygiene, for as long as we can. In the coming weeks and months, it might also mean finding new and innovative ways to enrich the home environment, to keep your pet healthy and happy.

“At the same time, there are still animals in the RSPCA’s care, there are still inspectors on the roads, and we depend on the funds raised by events such as the Million Paws Walk…


Christmas lights shine to support families living with cancer
The Advocate

SNOW in summer, a life-sized Santa Claus on a rocking chair, and a walk-through dome full of twinkling coloured lights are just some of the hundreds of decorations making a Christmas wonderland for Melbourne residents from Sunday, 1 December.

Mother-of-five, Rayleen Valkanis and her family,…

Veterans and farmers to trek Kokoda track for mental health
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UP to 12 Australian veterans and farmers are aiming to walk in the footsteps of Australian heroes to raise funds and awareness of post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression.

Matt Aldridge, a farmer from Seymour, is also the founder of The Coo-Wee Ride, a charity who…

Australian Gaming community asks: R U OK?
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R U OK? and Goto.Game are working together to inspire and empower Australian gamers to connect with the people around them and check in on each other in the build-up to R U OK? Day, September 12, 2019.

This year’s R U OK? Day…