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Have you heard? Share the Dignity

Share the Dignity: It’s in the Bag

Share the Dignity, a charity helping women and girls in need, are asking for help to make this Christmas special for women in our communities experiencing homelessness, fleeing domestic violence or living in poverty. The charity is hosting their annual It’s in the Bag campaign and would love the community to donate a bag and drop off at collection boxes at Bunnings stores between Friday 20 November and Sunday 29 November. In 2019, Share the Dignity collected over 127,000 bags at Bunnings stores nationally. Share the Dignity works with over 2,600 charities and this year the requests for help are sitting at over 100,000 to date. The It’s in the Bag campaign has a simple premise and is easy to take part in: Donate a handbag in good, used condition that you no longer use or a new one; Fill it with items that will make a difference to the daily life of a woman or girl in need; Include the essentials such as period products, roll-on deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner and soap; Add little luxuries such as a new lipstick, a hairbrush, hair ties, a gift card or a notebook and pen; Add a finishing touch to the bag such as a thoughtful note or Christmas card that shows someone cares. Once bags are complete, they can be dropped off to the collection box at your local Bunnings between 20-29 November. Share the Dignity volunteers will then collect the bags and distribute these to registered charities ensuring that these wonderful gifts are received in time for Christmas. 2020 has been a difficult year for many Australians due to the impacts of COVID-19. The issues of poverty and homelessness are significant here in Australia. Interested in donating a bag and taking part? Visit Share the Dignity’s website for more information: sharethedignity.org.au

Eat your way to a healthier Christmas 

Is there a connection between what you eat and how you experience persistent pain? Find out at a dietitian-led online presentation, looking at what changes can be made to the diet and to dietary habits to help reduce pain. Join Arthritis and Pain Support ACT on Tuesday 1 December 12.30-1.30pm. Via Zoom; link sent on registration. Free; all welcome. To register or for more details on this or other activities provided by Arthritis Pain Support, phone 1800 011 041 or email [email protected] 

Burra Car Boot Sale

Burra Community Association (BCA) is holding a communal car boot sale at Burra Park (corner of Lagoon and Burra Rds, Burra) on the Garage Sale Trailon Sunday 22 November 9am-12pm. The variety of stalls are numerous; sausage sizzle will also be available (COVID rules apply). Spaces still available for more stall holders. Contact John on 0417 676 664.

Pet Santa pictures

The Animal Referral Hospital in Fyshwick will host Pet Santa Pictures on Saturday 28 November 9am-2pm. Cost: $15 cash only which includes an instant photo, pet treat and access to a digital copy. All proceeds go to the greyhound rescue organisations of Canberra. No bookings needed, just show up. Photos will be set up out the front in a gazebo with dog fencing, however, the safety of cats cannot be guaranteed due to being outside so owners must hold their own cat in picture. Humans are welcome in photo but won’t be able to sit on Santa’s chair.

VIEW Club meetings

Gungahlin Day will hold their final meeting for 2020 on Wednesday 25 November 11.30am at Gungahlin Lakes Golf Club, Nicholls. Two-course lunch $35. A Christmas themed trading table will be available and members are invited to bring along items for purchase. The Brite Notes will provide a Christmas themed singalong. RSVP to Angela on 0458 012 402 before 22 November 9pm.

Weston Creek will hold their next meeting at Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden on Tuesday 1 December 11.30am. Cost $30 for two-course lunch. RSVP to Barbara on 6286 4626 by 26 November 5pm.

With One Voice Gungahlin community choir

With One Voice Gungahlin (On Common Ground) is a newly created community choir which is part of the With One Voice movement. Led by well-known Canberra conductor Rodney Clancy, the choir will be hosting two workshops, on Wednesday 25 November and 2 December 7-8.30pm, for the community to come and experience the joy of singing together, before launching weekly rehearsals in January 2021. $15 per person; bookings via Eventbrite. Venue: Ground Floor, Common Ground, 130 The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin. Follow With One Voice Gungahlin on Facebook or email [email protected] for more information.

conducter leading a choir

Knits N Bits craft groups

A group of like-minded CIT students who are studying Community Development/Community Services, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drugs and/or Youth Work have created a series of

sewing/knitting/crochet/craft sessions to share with other like-minded individuals to improve community connectedness following COVID restrictions. Sessions take place at the Mura Community and Youth Centre in Lanyon on Tuesdays 2-4pm and Wednesdays 6-8pm. They provide an opportunity to get to know other people in the community, form relationships, have a cuppa and a chat, learn new skills and hopefully make lasting friendships. Open to all ages, genders, ethnicities, beliefs and skill levels. Supplies are available for most hand sewing projects and the group have the skills to teach most crafts, so not knowing how to knit, sew or crochet is not a barrier. Numbers are limited due to COVID, so please call Nikki on 0432 967 578 or Kylie on 0449 231 315 to register.

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