COVID-19 has impacted the way FightMND traditionally raises much needed funds to find effective treatments and ultimately a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Bunnings Warehouse held a Bunnings Warehouse Big Freeze BBQ Facebook event where they donated $2.50 to Fight MND for every RSVP, aiming to reach a donation target of $500,000. The stores are also selling the FightMND beanies nationally until 27 June at their trade desks and online at bunnings.com.au.
Baseball Canberra to sleep out
The board of Baseball Canberra, led by General Manager Josh Matavesi, will brave the cold and sleep out on the field to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul’s homelessness services at this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout on 18 June. Mr Matavesi comes to the position after a background in social work and is passionate about addressing disadvantage in the community. “Seeing the difference that $50 can make to someone is eye-opening,” he said. “It is never too late. Some of our players over the years have come from underprivileged backgrounds, and we know that someone’s background doesn’t determine their future.” The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a national event occurring on Thursday 18 June 2020.To sign up or donate, visit ceosleepout.org.au
GIVIT donation of the week: Toothbrushes
The recipient: A program which is supporting over 1,000 vulnerable tertiary students who have lost work due to COVID-19. These students are struggling to buy the basics. They are experiencing financial hardship due to unemployment and they are ineligible for government support. This program is putting together toiletry packs for students so that they can easily access essential items. Your donation of new toothbrushes and toothpastes will be gratefully received by these students during this difficult time. Delivery option: Items can be dropped-off to the service. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search “Toothbrush” and select 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. GIVIT supports more than 350 charities and community groups across the Capital Region by matching your items with people who need them most.
Scavenger Hunt Canberra
Northside Community Service and Cyclabilities are launching the ‘Connected Community Scavenger Hunt 2020’ on 19 June in celebration of World Bicycle Day. This community challenge will encourage people across the ACT and region to snap daily photos and videos of themselves participating in challenges with the aim of boosting social connection and physical activity. The ‘Connected Community Scavenger Hunt’ will run for 10 days from 19-28 June. All entrants have the opportunity to win Healthy Active Family Fitness Packs, which include vouchers and goodies, as well as a main prize to be drawn at the end of June. Interested participants can join the event at www.facebook.com/events/258928018752532/ and share their photos using #scavengerhuntcbr on Facebook or Twitter.
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