GIVIT donation of the week: Bicycles and helmets

There is nothing more typically Canberran than cycling. Unfortunately, thousands of residents struggle to meet day to day needs, let alone having the income to support access to sports and sporting equipment. An organisation that focuses on humanitarian support services is hoping to change just that. They are on a mission to assist as many of their refugee clients and families to gain access to cycling equipment and training. With a bicycle and helmet, adults and children have the means to cycle to and from school, work and local services, all while taking part in a shared community activity which breeds inclusivity and belonging. Many refugees arriving in Australia grew up in nations that did not have much access to cycling, especially for women. GIVIT has seen an increasing need over the past few years for bicycles, especially for women who are passionate about learning this new skill. Any pre-loved bikes and good quality/new helmets that can be donated to this project will make a huge difference. Please note, due to lack of funds, the families will need the bikes to be in good condition only. Donations of useable bikes in full working order will be warmly received. To donate, visit, search by category “Sporting Equipment” 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.

Lord’s Taverners charity dinner

The 2021 Lord’s Taverners ACT Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday 6 May at Royal Canberra Golf Club. The event will feature Manuka Oval head curator, Brad van Dam as guest speaker, the presentation of the Graham Wilkinson Memorial Junior Taverners Awards, recognition of James Allsopp on his new position with Cricket Australia, and a welcome to new Cricket ACT CEO, Olivia Thornton. Anyone is welcome to purchase tickets and attend. Tickets: $140 for Lord’s Taverners members (and partners), $150 for non-members; $1,120 for a table of eight. Bookings: please email [email protected] or visit

VIEW Club meetings

Belconnen Day: Next meeting is on Tuesday 11 May 11.45am at the Raiders Leagues Club, Holt. Cost: $30 for two-course lunch. Guest speaker: Ivan Slavich from Soldier On. RSVP to Mary on 6242 9549 or email [email protected] by Thursday 6 May 12pm. New members most welcome.

Autumn Leaves Market

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Autumn Leaves Market is a bespoke crafters market on the weekend of 1-2 May 10am-2pm at Pearce Community Centre. The market also raises money for Days for Girls, a charity which provides dignity and female hygiene kits to women and girls overseas, through sales of market tote bags. The 16 stallholders offer a wide range of items for various budgets – pottery, jewellery, soaps, candles, cards, baked goods, hampers and more. More info: Autumn Leaves Market event on Facebook.

Red Dove preloved clothing

Browse an auditorium  full of great winter bargains in clothing, linen, bric-a-brac, books and DVDs on Thursday to Saturday 9am-1pm, 6-8 May and 3-5 June at Tuggeranong Uniting Church, Comrie Street, Wanniassa (opposite Erindale Shopping Centre). Convenient car parking and easy access.

Free pelvic floor workshops

Women of all ages are invited to attend a free pelvic floor workshop presented by a physiotherapist from Canberra Health Services on Tuesday 4 May 9am-12pm at Phillip Community Health Centre, 17 Corinna Street, Phillip. This workshop will provide information, education and self-help strategies for women who are experiencing continence problems or wishing to prevent them. The workshops will cover issues relating to: bladder and bowel control/incontinence; bladder and bowel prolapse; and concerns pre/post gynaecological surgery. Bookings are essential: call the Community Heath Intake Team on 5124 9977.

Adamas Nexus support group

Adamas Nexus is a bi-monthly self-help support group for women (or those who identify as women) who have survived domestic violence and sexual abuse and are looking for ongoing support post-crisis. This is a non-facilitated group; there is no advice, counselling or guidance provided during the meetings. This group is complementary to any support services that may already be in place for abuse survivors. Potential attendees are first screened to ensure that they are ready to attend the meetings, otherwise they are referred to crisis support services. Meetings are currently online and will soon return to face-to-face. Free to attend. Details at under the ‘meetings’ tab.

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