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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Have you heard? National Walk Safely to School Day

National Walk Safely to School Day

Postponed from May due to COVID restrictions, National Walk Safely to School Day 2020 has been rescheduled to Friday 11 September. Now in its 21st year, the community initiative aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long-term wellbeing of Australian children. Apart from the physical benefits, regular walking also has a favourable impact on children’s cognitive and academic performance. More info: walk.com.au

GIVIT donation of the week: Toiletries

One of the many positives of GIVIT working with hundreds of different support organisations across the region is the understanding of exactly what is needed when. Currently, there is a huge demand for personal care items coming from a number of organisations. These are the essential items which enable a person to go through their day with a feeling of dignity, comfort and, importantly, health. Recipients range from newly arrived refugee families struggling to find employment, individuals experiencing homelessness, men and women reestablishing their lives after a period of addiction or imprisonment, and tertiary students trying to continue their studies with very limited part-time job opportunities. The items which are needed range from feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body wash and deodorant. For safety and hygiene reasons, all products must be new and unopened. Travel size items are preferred, however, some organisations would be happy to receive full size items. Donations can be delivered or posted to the organisation. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search by category ‘Toiletries’ to view requests in the 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.

Canberra Academy of Languages

The Canberra Academy of Languages, a not-for-profit specialist provider for senior secondary languages, will hold an information evening about programs for 2021 via teleconference on Thursday 24 September from 6pm. For more details, visit cal.act.edu.au and to receive the link for the online meeting, email a note to [email protected]

Tuggeranong Day VIEW Club

Tuggeranong Day VIEW Club’s next lunch meeting is on Tuesday 15 September 11am-2pm at Viking’s Town Centre Club. Cost $26. The club has special procedures in place for COVID-19 and the event will have capacity for 60 people. Guest speaker this month is Suzy Nunes from the Canberra Heritage Library. RSVP: Friday 11 September to Jan on 0409 747 017 or email [email protected]

New Lifeline Canberra online course

Lifeline Canberra presents a new online course, The Art and Practices of Self-Compassion and Reflection, which focuses on empowering and increasing an individual’s resilience. More than self-care, the course will focus on internal capacity, strength and kindness as well as educating participants in robust self-compassion practices. It is 2.5 hours that you can invest in you, in your health and in your future. Angela Belluomo Lifeline Canberra Corporate Trainer and Crisis Support Volunteer, designed and will facilitate online. Cost: $180 for 2.5-hour webinar. Angie believes you will leave more empowered, more resilient and excited to have a fresh set of practices to support yourself during these times of uncertainty and constant change. For more information and to book your spot in The Art and Practices of Self-Compassion and Reflection, visit lifelincanberra.org.au

Vote Jess to support Camp Quality

Local Canberra mum Jess Kercher has been nominated for the Westfield Local Hero award and is determined to win the $10,000 prize for Camp Quality. Jess has spent the last 10 years giving back to the charity that supported her young daughter who fought, and won, her battle with cancer. Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that celebrates individuals who make a positive impact in their community. To help Camp Quality, vote for Jess at westfield.com.au/woden/story and click on ‘Vote for your 2020 Westfield Local Hero now’.

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