Charities in the spotlight

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…

Corporate and charity talk online about the big topics


THE inaugural CAF Worldwide Symposium on Philanthropy kicks off at noon on Tuesday, 9 November, 2021. A four-hour online event presented by Good2Give in partnership with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) will report current trends in global giving and explore how a philanthropic mindset has the power to change the world. Delegates can choose all or some sessions on the program according to the most relevant and engaging to specific interests. They will also have access to a curated Worldwide Philanthropy Library after the event allowing individual and personal access to sessions and content whenever they choose. The Symposium’s organiser, Good2Give,…

Fishbowl food chain fundraises for mental fitness


SUICIDE is the leading cause of death in Australians aged 15 to 49. Nic Pestalozzi has not had a family member or friend take their own life. “I have a friend from interstate who knows three people, all males, who have committed suicide in the last seven years.” Mr Pestalozzi, co-founder and marketing director at Fishbowl, a Japanese-inspired salad fast-food chain, talks about the driver for Fishbowl’s Virtual 5K Run on World Mental Health Day on Sunday, 10 October. He explains the Fishbowl team is fundraising for mental fitness charity Gotcha4Life, which aims to reduce suicide rates by delivering programs…

Don’t let your good cause die with you


OVER one hundred charities are encouraging Australians to leave gifts in their wills to ensure their ideals live on. Include a Charity Week, which runs from 6-12 September, aims to get people thinking about how the material legacy they’d like to leave behind when they’re gone could make all the difference to their favourite non-profit. CEO of Fundraising Institute Australia Katherine Raskob said a key part of the Week is an online ‘What Kind of Legend Are You?’ quiz. Anyone can take the quiz to understand how their life stories and values relate to some of Australia’s best-loved charities including…

Innovative Foster Care program continues to expand across Australia


OZCHILD has launched Treatment Foster Care Oregon program (TFCO) in South Australia, just in time for Foster Care Month this September.  Developed as an alternative to residential care, TFCO is a targeted intervention for children and young people who display complex and extreme emotions. These behaviours get in the way of healthy relationships with family members or long-term foster carers.  Chief Executive Officer of OzChild, Dr Lisa Griffiths said the aim of the program is to keep vulnerable youth out of residential care and into family homes.  “Wherever possible children and young people should live within families, not staffed residential…

COVID isolation is affecting bereaved parents


DEMAND for support services for new parents has soared over the past year as COVID-19 has created additional anxiety and crisis for families. COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions are placing additional stress on parents dealing with the grief of losing a child, forcing them to navigate traumatic experiences without the support from their friends and families. Since July 2020, Australian charity Red Nose has seen a 40 per cent increase in counselling sessions for families who have lost a child, and a 45 per cent increase in calls to their grief and loss support line. Co-CEO of Red Nose Australia, Keren…

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