your thoughts on giving back
Recently I shared a short thought on giving back … a stack of you seemed interested in finding ways to volunteer and give…so I thought I’d post some of the ideas you shared with me. Thanks to everyone who reached out. Always appreciated.
Lisa: telecross – a part of the Red Cross where volunteers are given people to call at the same time every day to make sure they are okay. Like the elderly who are lonely or unable to get around. Perfect for me as a stay at home mum with three kids.
Gavin Hardy: Bicycle Advocacy… it seems to be the recurring theme lately. I particularly like the recycling of bikes, which help kickstart small businesses in Africa.
Zetty – I started to send each of my friends a little heart with a message to tell them how I love and appreciate them. This was the beginning of what has become the Travelling Heart Project. I now have people adopting hearts and joining in the fun of spreading love from all around the world.
Penelope – I run a program in NW Tasmania called Produce to the People. We gather excess produce from people’s backyard gardens and give it to families in need in the community. We also plant snack gardens in Primary Schools so kids get to see their food grow and get unemployed youth to help build them. It can be really simple to make a difference.
Julie King: one of my jobs is working with the Sydney Street Choir. Its fantastic, spending time with people who are way less lucky than me. The combination of music, singing and helping out: it’s magic.
Lisa M: We sponsored a child through East African Mission Orphanage established by an Australian family 14 years ago and I hope to one day travel and give of my time to assist their wonderful work in taking vulnerable children dumped in the streets of Kenya. We give of our time what we can within family constraints and as our children grow and we gain more free time, we can give more of ourselves to others.
Ange: If anyone is to visit Chiang Mai there are some very special hill-tribe orphans at the Children’s Shelter Foundation.These kids are amazing they grow all of their own fruit and vegetables on an organic farm. Some of them have been tortured and a hand full of them deaf, then brutally disowned as they are disabled. Heart wrenching stuff but they’re happier than any kids in the western world. Go and stay with these children it will change your life. It will make you appreciate all the small things, and bring some sunshine into these kids lives.
Dee: I volunteer at Karuna hospice – I help with fundraising and market stalls at the moment, but I know it is my destiny to, one day, help with the nitty gritty of helping people die with dignity and comfort.
Lukas: I’ve done some volunteer work for Conservation Volunteers Australia and highly recommend it!!!
Lots to choose from to help our flora and fauna friends.
Feel free to add more ideas if you’re late to this!