Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

SBN Youth Awards

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Nasha Lamoti is just 18 years old, but the incredible teenager is already hard at work to ensure food security for the people in her village in Longido, Tanzania. Last year she won the SBN (School Broadcasting Network Inc) International Indigenous Award, which meant she could buy chickens and seeds to help feed her family and the rest of the village. It might not seem like much, but for Nasha’s community it’s a ticket to a brighter future. Now the hunt is on again for young people who are fighting to make a difference. The SBN International and Indigenous Youth Awards are for young people under 25 who might be campaigning for social justice; setting up initiatives to inspire others; creating sustainable communities; or helping to further understanding of indigenous culture in their country. If you know someone who’s making a positive difference, whether it’s in their neighbourhood or on a global scale, then it’s worth nominating them for the award – there are monetary benefits as well as international recognition for their work. Jump over here for more info.

Addressing Poverty

More than a million Australians are living in poverty, and in the rest of the world, more than a billion. Anti-Poverty Week is this week and there are lectures, morning teas and book launches to attend, so hop quick smart onto the website to find out what’s on in your state. The week is designed to raise awareness about why so many people live below the poverty line, what it means for them (and for the rest of the world), and most importantly, what we can do about it. And there is plenty we can – and should – be doing. Attend a volunteer information session, buy a cake from a local charity stand or head along to a film screening this week and join in the fight against poverty.

The World You Walk On


The warmer weather is well on its way and Etiko has you covered for stylish summer footwear – thongs that not only look good, but do good too. Partnering with the Wilderness Society, Save the Children, Surfrider Foundation and The Orangutan Project, the new initiative honours each organisation with their own thong style and donates them a portion of sales for each pair sold. But the good work doesn’t end there! The thongs themselves are made with both natural and recycled rubber, under fair trade practices, and with a 15% fair trade premium going to workers. Etiko is probably best known for being one of the pioneers of ethical clothing and footwear, and for recently winning big at the 2013 Fairtrade Awards!

One Night Stand

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Winter is slowly coming to an end, and many of us might miss the cosy nights in bed, hot cups of tea and warm layers of woollies. For those sleeping rough, however, winter living is often far less rosy. After a brush with youth homelessness himself, entrepreneur Jamie Green founded One Night Stand to do what he could to help those in a similar situation. The profit-for-purpose business now crafts products for you to ‘sleep in, sleep on and strip off’ with all proceeds going towards youth homelessness initiatives, including Open Family Australia and STREAT. “You purchase something to make your sleep more comfortable but at the same time help someone else sleep better,” Jamie explains. The new One Night Stand collection has just landed, featuring unisex sloppy joes and pillow slips all using local makers and ethically sourced materials. You can browse and shop the collection here – and keep an eye out for a full sleepwear range launching later in the year!

Indigenous Literacy Lights Up


It is an exciting time for Indigenous Fashion in Australia. The first Indigenous Fashion Week is being held in April next year and Indigenous Fashion Unearthed continues to gain momentum! This month, O’Shirt supports the trend by releasing a limited edition tee in aid of Indigenous Literacy. Internationally-acclaimed Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft teamed up with O’Shirt to design the tee, inspired by the idea that when ‘one door closes, another one opens.’ Each fortnight, O’Shirt support charities through the sale of limited edition tees, working with a range of designers for a range of causes. A minimum of $7 from every shirt sold goes towards the charity of choice. The proceeds from this design will support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which works to provide access to books and literacy resources to over 200 remote Indigenous communities.

It’s Your Shout


As little as $5 can make a big difference to someone else’s life. The price of a coffee or a beer – that’s enough if everyone pitches in. So what if instead of shouting our mates a drink next time we’re at the pub, we put that money towards Foodbank or the National Breast Cancer Foundation? Shout is a new iPhone app that encourages users to ‘shout’ a donation to a charity of their choice, in the same way they would a drink for a friend. It’s free to download, then once you’ve got it you can make donations of anywhere between $5 and $150 in just a few clicks. There are a host of non-profit organisations covered, including Lighthouse Foundation and Kids Under Cover. It’s low-cost for them, and easy for you. New organisations can be added at any time – like if there’s a disaster or urgent need. When you Shout a donation, you’ll receive a Cheers back, which you can share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word. Download the app from the iTunes App store or Google Play, or visit the Shout For Good website to find out more.

Sweater Exchange


This winter, Sydney label Banjo & Matilda are teaming up with Mission Australia to make a difference to the lives of homeless women. Running until August 12th, the Sweater Exchange invites you to give your pre-loved sweaters directly to women in need – even offering courier options to pick up your parcels. Each year almost 46,000 Australian women find themselves homeless, and while the number of men is decreasing, homelessness among women is on the rise. A mix of high profile celebrities are also getting behind this important cause, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr and Ruby Rose. Each celebrity is donating one (or more!) of their pre-loved jumpers, which will be on display at a Banjo & Matilda pop up shop in Sydney’s MLC centre this month. You can also get involved in the social media conversation by using the hashtag #sweaterexchange on Twitter or Instagram. This also might be a great time to complete your winter #Assignmint too!

Checkout for Change


Let’s admit it: online shopping can be fun. And addictive. Seeing all those glorious things you didn’t know you needed, realising you definitely need them, filling and editing your cart, then paying for it all with those deliciously immaterial credit card dollars that seem to never run out. Problem is, once the transaction is complete, we tend to forget about it (though our bank balance doesn’t). Then some parcel from the other side of the world turns up a few weeks later, containing garments often significantly less exciting than they seemed at 1am that Sunday night last month when you couldn’t sleep. So how do we quit this cycle? How do we stop buying all this stuff we don’t need? My personal tip is to just cut off the last step of the whole transaction: the actual checkout part. Fill as many shopping carts as you fancy – it’s more than likely you’re not going to remember, or regret, abandoning them come morning. Another (better) idea? Shop til you drop at Rana Plaza, a site named in memorial to the Bangladeshi factory where more than 1,100 textile workers were killed when the building collapsed in April. You can spend all you want on clothes, shoes and accessories – you just won’t be sent anything. Instead, everything you ‘buy’ will go towards ActionAid‘s work aiding victims and their families and ensuring rights and safety for some of the world’s most poorly paid workers. In this case, we say buy up big!

Cross Conscious

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Last week, Melbourne enjoyed a taste of conscious fashion when the Red Cross teamed up with the Whitehouse School of Design to deliver Cross Conscious: an event to raise awareness of their 140 Red Thread stores nationwide. Third year design students, along with local designers, exhibited everything from street style to high end fashion, including upcycled streetwear in homage to urban, edgy, Melburnian style. The event also offered music, art and DJs, and guests had the opportunity to snap up some bargains for themselves at the ‘Thread Shed’, a one off boutique pop up with upcycled, vintage and designer pieces. Godwin Charli, Olga de Polga and Ameca Calleja were just some of the designers to take part.

Sky High

Climb for Refugees

While a lot of fundraising gets done from behind computer screens these days, there is another way to raise money for a great cause and experience a little taste of adventure at the same time! The UNHCR is organising a Mount Kilimanjaro Climb for Refugees, slated for November 24 this year, and the scout for participants is already on. The trek to the top of Africa’s highest mountain is all in the name of raising money for the UNHCR’s Emergency Response Program, which responds to refugee crises all over the world. Each participant in the climb is required to raise $4,000 for the UNHCR – money that goes directly to helping those fleeing conflict, famine and natural disaster. If traversing ice fields, trekking through pine forests and climbing glaciers to raise some dollars for a good cause sounds like you, then visit the Inspired Adventures website for more information and enrollments.

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