Charities in the spotlight

Radical Fashion: Worn For Good feels as good as it looks


By now, we all know that fast, cheap fashion is a no-go for us and the planet.  We know that op-shops, circular fashion, natural fibres and living wages are a yes-go, but we should also know that Worn For Good, a circular fashion concept ticking all the right boxes.  Born from a love and history of social impact, the environment and fashion, founders Sophie Palmer and Pip Best found a way to do it all.  Not only are 100 per cent of profits made from the new and pre-loved clothes and accessories found on Worn For Good donated to charity,…

CARE Australia endorses historic pledge and leads push for a more equitable aid system


A historic pledge for a more equitable aid system by 2030 has today been launched globally, with CARE Australia leading the charge to encourage other Australian international non-government organisations (INGOs) to sign onto the pledge. The Pledge for Change is a set of commitments to create closer partnerships with local and national organisations in a drive to shift more power, decision-making, and money to the places worst affected by crisis and poverty. Spearheaded by a prominent advocate for aid reform, Degan Ali, chief executive of Adeso, along with a number of INGO CEOs from around the world, the pledge focuses on three…

Audi Foundation celebrates its fifth year of supporting progressive charities to drive meaningful change


The Audi Foundation, a corporate philanthropic foundation set up by Audi Australia and the Audi Australia Dealer Network, is marking a significant milestone in 2022: five years of supporting progressive Australian charities to drive meaningful change. Through its charity partners, the Audi Foundation has had a positive impact on over 6 million people across the country. The Audi Foundation provides funding to not-for-profit organisations that share the same focus to drive progress and create meaningful change in Australian communities. Since 2017, the Audi Foundation has been delivering support via three core pillars of activity: fuelling progressive approaches to medical technology…

Talking about Wills is not the most awkward family chat to have, reports Include a Charity


Today is the start of Include a Charity Week which raises the profile of charitable gifts in Wills and provides an opportunity for supporter charities to convey their importance. Include a Charity has revealed the most awkward conversations Aussies have with their families, with Wills and inheritance not ranking in the top three – finding it’s not nearly as awkward as expected.  The Awkward Conversations research released today surveyed Australians aged 30-65 years and found thirty-six per cent of Aussies say that ‘the sex talk’ as a child or teenager was the number one most awkward conversation they have had with their parents, followed by…

Good Friday Appeal: Dig deep for the kids


ISLA is one of the “Little Ambassadors” for the 2022 Good Friday Appeal. The eight-year-old is in remission after spending half her life in treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Isla’s parents knew something was wrong five years ago when their bubbly and bright three-year-old daughter was no longer acting like herself. Isla had gone from being an active happy young child to constantly feeling lethargic, irritable and starting to catch every bug going around. Between April and May 2017, Isla’s mother Leanne took her to the doctor eight times with growing concerns. Following a blood test, Isla was diagnosed with…

Koala foundation fights climate change and fire risk with tree planting goal


OVER three billion animals were killed or displaced in the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 – 60,000 of those were koalas. The fires burnt about 24 million acres and confirmed the trend of worsening fire weather with increased forest areas caught by fires with each event. The wild koalas on Western Plains, particularly around the You Yangs and Brisbane Ranges to the west of Melbourne that the Koala Clancy Foundation supports, were not directly affected by the Black Summer fires. “We have been through a terrible fire event in 2006 though,” Ms Janine Duffy, President of the Koala Clancy Foundation,…

Deserving families receive greater access to books


ONE in five Australian children are not meeting the international benchmark for reading, the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) has revealed. To combat this concerning statistic, BIG W, one of Australia’s most loved brands and has been part of families lives for over 40 years, is partnering with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) to extend the benefit of reading by delivering books and resources to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and families in other marginalised communities. ALNF is a national charity assisting people in our most marginalised communities to gain vital language, literacy and communication skills.…

Making mental health impossible to ignore


TALKING about mental and emotional well-being can be confronting. These conversations are often avoided in the workplace, especially in the blue-collar industry. Tradies Ed Ross and Dan Allen are turning this invisible and debilitating issue into a topic that’s impossible to ignore. As co-founders, they came up with the concept of TradeMutt in 2016 after losing a mate to suicide the same year. TradeMutt sells a range of bright, eye-catching workwear that is specifically designed to spark conversation about mental health. Their powerful slogan, ‘This Is A Conversation Starter’ is imprinted on the back of all of their workwear and…

Sikh Volunteers Australia inspired by community gratitude


THE Premier’s Award for Community Harmony at the 2021 Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence, was awarded to Sikh Volunteers Australia (SVA) for the significant impact they have made during the bushfires and pandemic. The Award honours the organisation for its noteworthy contribution to increase understanding, acceptance and cooperation between different faith and cultural groups. Jaswinder Singh, founding member and secretary from Sikh Volunteers Australia said, “It was also because the organisation had upheld the principles of human rights, and the service was purely based on whoever needs the support is being supported.” “When the community give back just because of…

No child left behind


SOME children find it difficult to make friends, especially those living with special needs or disadvantage. Some parents know all too well, if their child doesn’t get invited to parties or their peers don’t show up to theirs, the heartbreak is very real. Mum Louise Larkin understands how worrying social isolation can be for children. Since 2016 her charity Friend in Me has hosted hundreds of parties that bring together children of all ages and abilities to help connect them through dance and play. Many parents and caregivers are grateful for the all-inclusive and diverse events; including Donna, who knows…

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