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Have you heard? Daffodil Day Appeal

Daffodil Day Appeal

This month, Cancer Council ACT is asking the Canberra community to raise more than hope by donating a virtual daffodil online or by hosting a Daffodil Yellow Fundraiser for HOPE. While Daffodil Day’s official day is Friday 28 August, you can choose any day in August to donate or host your fundraiser. Your support will allow Cancer Council ACT to continue to fund life-saving cancer research right here in the ACT, working towards their vision of a cancer-free future. Register today at daffodilday.com.au and invite your family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues to come together to raise funds that can help save the life of someone you love.

RSPCA Cupcake Day

Last year, Cupcake Day hosts raised $63,230 for the many animals in need across the ACT. That money helped those animals access emergency surgery, helped rescue them from horrific cruelty and helped find them a brand-new, loving home. This year, thousands more furry faces, waggy tails and fluttery wings need your baking (and fundraising) skills more than ever. With safety precautions still in mind, the RSPCA ACT would love you to join them for a socially safe and physically distanced Cupcake Day to remember. Go to rspcacupcakeday.com.au to sign up and let your guests know which date in October you’d like to celebrate. While the official day is 26 October, you can celebrate at any time throughout the month!

GIVIT donation of the week: Vacuum cleaners

A number of organisations within the Capital Region who support our community’s most vulnerable are looking for pre-loved vacuum cleaners to go to very appreciative homes. One thing that most of us would take for granted is the ability to keep our homes clean to maintain a level of health and personal dignity. For those who have overcome challenges such as mental health issues, addiction, domestic violence or homelessness, having a roof over their head is the first step to moving forward in shaping a new life. The next step is being able to fill the home with those essential items which will promote their ongoing mental and physical health. Your generous donation of a good quality vacuum cleaner will bring a level of pride and enjoyment to these individuals/ families’ new homes. Donations can be collected by or delivered to the organisation. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ to view requests located in ACT. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant organisation to arrange pick-up, post or drop-off. 

Gentle yoga classes

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Are you looking for something to help you de-stress, get you out of the house or just to connect and socialise with your local community? Then please join Communities@Work’s gentle yoga classes, starting Friday mornings from 14 August 10.45-11.35am: eight sessions of Hatha gentle flow yoga and meditation for you to trial. No experience needed. Chairs will be available for those who wish to do seated yoga. Venue: Tuggeranong Community Centre, Lakeview Hall, 245 Cowlishaw Street, Greenway. Cost: Small donation ($2-$5). Bring: Mat, water bottle, blanket or cushion. To register your interest, please call 6293 6239 or email communitydevelopment@commsatwork.org

Endometriosis support

EndoACT Pty Ltd is a Canberra-based charity that raises awareness of endometriosis. Please go to the EndoACT.org.au website to join the mailing list. If you have, or suspect you have, endometriosis you are invited to join the EndoACT (Private Discussions) Facebook page.

Canberra’s Choice Award voting now open

2020 has emerged as the Year of the Volunteer, with countless individuals volunteering during the bushfire emergency, hailstorm and COVID-19. With a renewed focus on the importance of community health and wellbeing, there has been no better time to celebrate volunteers, and the 2020 Volunteering Awards, Canberra Region, does just that. Voting is now open for the Canberra’s Choice Award, as part of the 2020 Volunteering Awards. Everyone can now cast a vote for their favourite volunteer or team of volunteers from the list of nominees. This year, almost 100 nominations were received, highlighting the outstanding contributions of volunteers in the Canberra community. To cast your vote for Canberra’s Choice Award head to www.volunteeringact.org.au. The voting poll is open until Sunday 16 August at midnight. Awards online ceremony will be held Tuesday 8 September.

Youth InterACT Grants now open

Are you aged between 12 and 25 years? Do you have ideas for projects, events or activities that focus on engaging young people in our community? Though the ACT Government’s Youth InterACT Grants program, grants of up to $2,000 are available for initiatives that actively engage young people, and connect young people with each other and to their community. Successful recipients of last year’s Youth InterACT Grants round included a Narrabundah Pop-up Skate and Scoot project; a School Community Garden and Composting Bioreactor project; and Portable Bluetooth Sound Box Creation project at Canberra High School. Applications for the Youth InterACT Grants close Monday 24 August 2020. To apply, visit communityservices.act.gov.au/youth  

Bushfire relief funding

If you or someone you know was affected by the ACT, NSW or Victorian 2019-20 bushfires, and are currently in the ACT, you may be eligible for new bushfire relief funding support by Communities@Work. They will tailor assistance to meet your needs, creating a package of support based on your circumstances. Communities@Work has recently been allocated funds by the Australian Government to support those who are under financial strain and who live in or relocated to the ACT following the bushfire crisis. Find out more online at commsatwork.org/bushfires or register for bushfire support directly through commsatwork.org/about-us/contact-us/

Red Nose Day face masks

Made of cotton in a three-layer reusable design, Red Nose Australia has released limited edition face masks ahead of Red Nose Day, Friday 14 August. Australians can visit the Red Nose Day online store to order their $15 mask – believed to be the first charity face mask in Australia. All funds go towards stopping the alarming rate of 3,000 Aussie babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly each year; and also towards support services for grief-stricken families who lose a baby. Aussies are also encouraged to screenshot themselves wearing official Red Nose Australia Digital Red Nose filters in Instagram and Facebook, make a donation, and submit their photo to become one of the Faces of Red Nose Day – to be featured in the charity’s billboard ads and online from now until 14 August; shoprednose.com.au

RAH nurses’ 50-year reunion

It is 50 years since Groups 675/676 completed nursing training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) and organisers of a reunion are hoping to gather as many trainees as possible for the event. Enquiries to Claire Turnbull (nee Sayer) 0423 318 734 or pamela.klaer@bigpond.com

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