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Have you heard? Gift of Life’s 2021 DonateLife Walk goes virtual

Gift of Life’s 2021 DonateLife Walk goes virtual

Gift of Life’s annual DonateLife Walk raises awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and registration. While the Walk has been held as a mass-participation event around Lake Burley Griffin for the past 15 years, the 2021 event will be virtual. Gift of Life is asking participants to sign up online and walk up to 5km anytime, anywhere during the week of 22-28 February. Participants are encouraged to gather a small group and share their Walk photos and videos on social media. Sign up for the Walk at giftoflife.asn.au or to register as an Organ Donor, visit donatelife.gov.au

GIVIT donation of the week: Pre-loved IT devices

Coming out of the year that was 2020, GIVIT has seen an increasing need for pre-loved IT items to find their way into a new home; be it a single mother commencing a degree after escaping domestic violence, refugee families working to find employment while supporting their children’s education, or men and women re-entering the workforce after overcoming addiction, homelessness or incarceration. Any donation of pre-loved laptops, tablets or mobile phones in good condition will make all the difference to our neighbours working to rise above and beyond the challenges they have faced. Donations can be delivered to, collected by or posted to the organisation. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search by category ‘Computers and Mobile Devices’ in your local area. 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.

HCCA’s Consumer Participation Training

Health Care Consumers’ Association (HCCA) presents a free, two-day workshop in ‘Consumer Participation Training’ on Tuesday 23 February and 2 March 10am-3pm. Participants will learn more about: navigating the health system- what’s available here in the ACT, and how to use services; staying safe in the health system – understanding the risks of health care; how to be an advocate for yourself and loved ones; doing systemic advocacy for your community, including how to become a consumer representative on a health service committee, and the skills and knowledge needed for this role. At HCCA, Maitland House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett; all are welcome to attend. Contact HCCA if accessibility assistance is required. To register, contact Monica at [email protected] or 6230 7800.

TBC Op-shop

The Tuggeranong Baptist Church (TBC) Garratt St Centre Op-shop at 23 Garratt St, Wanniassa is once again open Tuesday-Thursday 9.30am-2pm. Nothing over $12 and the fun’s for free. More info: tbcchurch.com.au/garratt-st-centre/garrattstopshop

VIEW Club – supporting The Smith Family

The Smith Family has been supported by View Clubs for 57 years, helping children’s education.

Tuggeranong Evening: next meeting is 24 February 6.30pm at Town Centre Vikings Club, Greenway. Cost: $27 includes two-course dinner. Guest speaker is Suzy Nunes, curator from the ACT Heritage Library. RSVP to Janne 6293 3977.

Probus celebrates 45 years in Australia

From exciting adventures to casual outings, for more than four decades Probus Clubs have been offering retirees the opportunity to discover new interests with new friends. The first Probus Clubs in the South Pacific were formed in New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast in 1974 and in Hunters Hill, Australia in 1976. There are now over 1,650 Probus Clubs across Australia and New Zealand, providing fun, friendship and fellowship to over 120,000 older people, enjoying active social programs. More info: call Probus South Pacific (Australia) 1300 630 488 or visit www.probussouthpacific.org to find your nearest club.

Goulburn Combined Probus Club

The Goulburn Combined Probus Club is for active retirees, male and female, and recently celebrated its first birthday with a short meeting followed by fun games and quizzes. The club holds meetings on the fourth Friday of each month with guest speakers, and also social outings each month. The next meeting will be Friday 26 February 10.15am at the Goulburn Workers Club. More info: Bill on 0412 812 439.

National Pet Adoption Month

Throughout March, PETstock Assist will celebrate its inaugural National Pet Adoption Month as an extension of its annual initiative National Pet Adoption Day, to help change the lives of rescue pets and humans in an effort to help break the cycle of pet homelessness in Australia. Over the past six years, PETstock Assist has helped rehome more than 12,000 animals through its initiative and changed perceptions and behaviour on pet adoption in Australia by providing much needed education on the topic. PETstock Assist is encouraging would-be pet owners to ‘Adopt Different’ this March – to adopt a new way of thinking when it comes to rescue pets, shed unfair stereotypes and make considered, sustainable choices to find a pet best fit for their lifestyle. New pet owners and animal lovers across Canberra are being encouraged to engage with their local PETstock store and rescue group throughout March for further information on the adoption or fostering process. To find out more, or to check out a PETstock store located near you, head to petstock.com.au or to begin the search to become a rescue pet parent or foster carer visitpetrescue.com.au

How to list with Have You Heard

If you’re part of a charity, community or not-for-profit organisation or hosting an event/fundraiser for one, you’re welcome to list your organisation/event on our Have You Heard community announcements page. Please email [email protected] with HYH in the subject field and be sure to include all relevant, correct details – who, what, where, when (date and time), contact details and booking information (if required). Print deadline for publication in Canberra Weekly magazine is 10 days prior to the Thursday edition date you would like to appear in. Please note: This is a free community service and CW does not guarantee that all submissions will be published due to space restrictions.

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