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Have you heard? PANDA Week 2020

PANDA Week 2020

PANDA Week 2020 is on 8-14 November, aiming to raise awareness, and encourage discussion, of a challenge that affects one in five women, and one in 10 men, each year – perinatal anxiety, depression and mental illness. PANDA Week 2020 is ever more important given the additional pressures faced by soon-to-be and new parents in the current environment. Think, not be able to physically access healthcare providers, no new parents’ groups or education classes, or not even being able to let your loved ones hold your newborn baby. That’s why Canberra’s Community Champion for PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia) – Antonette Gaffney – is bringing attention to this important cause by running a GoFundMe campaign. Having experienced first-hand the crippling impacts of depression and anxiety during pregnancy, Antonette accessed PANDA’s free support and counselling services and found them a welcome source of comfort, understanding and relief. To help ensure these resources remain accessible and free to all, Antonette’s GoFundMe online campaign seeks to raise over $1,500 to support PANDA’s work. More info: gofundme.com/f/panda-week-2020.

GIVIT donation of the week: washing machines  

One of the most requested items on GIVIT’s online donation portal are washing machines. Whether it be a family living in poverty, previously homeless men and women who now have a roof over their head but no appliances, or families escaping domestic violence, starting a new life from scratch. Any pre-loved washing machines in good working order which can be donated to those in need will greatly appreciated. The registered support organisation receiving the donation is responsible for tag and testing of all electrical items to ensure the safety of the recipient. If you are able tag and test prior to donating that would be a significant contribution. Donations can be delivered to or picked up by the organisation. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search by category “Washing Machine” to view requests located in your area. If you can’t find a request that matches your donation, list your donation in our Online Warehouse. Please click the ‘Offer a Donation’ button at the bottom of the page and submit the relevant details for your donation along with a corresponding photo. After you pledge the item, you will be contacted by the relevant organisation to arrange pick-up, post or drop-off.

How to Stretch Your Health Dollar

Find out: how to obtain free or cheap medical services, how to save money on medicines, why health literacy is important, and share tips with others, at this free seminar on Tuesday 17 November 7-9pm. By Zoom; link sent on registration; Zoom support provided. Register by Friday 13 November to [email protected] or phone 6230 7800. All welcome. For more information on this or other free health seminars provided by Health Care Consumers’ Association ACT, email [email protected] or phone 6230 7800

VIEW club

Tuggeranong Day: The next meeting will be held Tuesday 17 November 11am-2pm at Tuggeranong Town Centre, Vikings Club, and includes a blind auction. Cost: $26 for two-course lunch. COVID-safe guidelines apply. RSVP by 12 November to Jan on 6294 1384 or email [email protected]

Autoimmune Café Conversation Group

Communities are starting to recommence the autoimmune café conversation groups, an Autoimmune Resource & Research Centre (ARRC) program, bringing together people living with autoimmune illness in local areas. The group will be meeting on Thursday 19 November 1pm at the Raiders Club, 1 Liardet Street, Weston. Family and friends are welcome; RSVP is essential by sending a message to 0404 774 144. Talk, laugh and support each other.

Christmas fairs

November charity stall: Relay for Life Team, the Bold Bandannas, will hold a Charity Stall at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November 8am-5pm. There will be: homemade puddings and other Christmas fare; homemade jams, pickles, chutney, lemon butter, sugar-reduced preserves; a range of handsewn items, including children’s dress-ups, handknitted dolls’ clothes, crocheted hand towels, knitted and lace coathangers; plants and worm juice for plants; bespoke patchwork bags; and quality trash ‘n’ treasure. More info: Jan on 6231 0761.

Marymead Monster Christmas garage & plant sale: Saturday 21 November 9am-1pm, 255 Goyder Street, Narrabundah. On sale will be a variety of high-quality plants, bric-a-brac, toys, Christmas items and gifts, clothes, homewares, handbags, jewellery and accessories, fiction and non-fiction books. There will be COVID-safe protocols in place. More info: email [email protected]

Calvary Hospital Auxiliary Christmas stall: at Belconnen Fresh Food Markets on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 November 8am-5pm. A huge range of gifts and homemade goodies will be available. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of equipment and items for the comfort of Calvary Public Hospital patients. More info: call Pat 0403 797 192.

Market Day @ St Ninian’s 

Market Day at St Ninian’s, corner Mouat and Brigalow Streets, Lyneham, Saturday 14 November 9am-2pm. Good quality glassware, china, ornaments, toiletries and kids items; new and pre-loved jewellery; selection of handmade items and varying lengths of fabrics; jams, marmalades, sauces, pickles and relish; and sausage sizzle.

Car-boot sale on the Garage Sale Trail

Burra Community Association (BCA) is holding a communal car-boot sale at Burra Park (corner Lagoon and Burra Roads, Burra) on Sunday 22 November 9am-12pm. BCA is looking for stall holders. A donation of $10 to the BCA from each vendor would be appreciated. To book a stall, call John on 0417 676 664.

Snooker coaching for women

A women’s only snooker coaching clinic will commence on Sunday 8 November 2-4pm for four Sundays. For further information and registration, email [email protected]

The Big Issue 2021 Calendar

With The Big Issue celebrating its 21st anniversary next year, The Big Issue 2021 Calendar is now available for $15 from vendors, who earn 60% of the cover price and a meaningful income. Packed full of stories and photographs of vendors across Australia and cartoons by Andrew Weldon, it’s a celebration of 25 years of Big Issue vendors proudly working to positively change their lives. Vendors are equipped with hand sanitisers, magazine and calendar boxes and the option for cash, card or Beem It payments to ensure the health and wellbeing of vendors, customers and the broader community. More info: thebigissue.org.au

Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal

The effects of the Australian bushfires and global pandemic being felt across the country head led to the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal launching on its earliest date in its 33-year history (19 October). The Appeal’s charity partner, The Salvation Army, is bracing for an influx of community members who will be looking for support due to the impact of Covid-19, many of whom haven’t required assistance before. The appeal ends on 24 December, at Kmart stores across Australia.

The gift of music

Australian musical icon Don Spencer OAM’s collection of greatest hits and musical education products make the ideal gifts for youngsters this Christmas with proceeds going towards Don’s foundation, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF). Featuring all his old favourites, including Bob the Kelpie and Please Don’t Call Me A Koala Bear, Don’s ‘greatest hits’ albums and full collection is available for purchase at www.donspencer.com.au with proceeds going to the ACMF. Since being established in 2007, ACMF has provided free tuition and instruments to children through musical programs in every state in Australia, including juvenile detention centres, music therapy in hospitals, disadvantaged schools in cities and remote areas, and Indigenous schools and communities.

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