WHAT DRIVES US
There is an infinite number of reasons to get out of bed in the morning, from the practical (loo stop, earning money) to the stuff that truly drives you.
Here are some things I’m very proud to support in some way:
Breakthrough medical research. Many people have been touched by cancer or Parkinsons or a hundred other horrid diseases and conditions, including my childhood best friend, my uncle, my girlfriends. I love sport, but aren’t researchers the true heroes?
A non-profit group facilitating micro-loans to alleviate poverty. For our first loan years ago, we chose a mother of four who lives in rented premises; she wanted the funds to buy toys to sell at Christmas. Although Kiva says upfront the loans can be a risk, we’ve never had a default. It’s not tax deductible in Australia, but that’s not the point: in my opinion, every time is 25 bucks well invested for the hand up (not out).
Suicide rates in regional and rural communities are double that compared with capital cities. Suicide is also the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44. Having lost someone to it, there’s stuff to be learnt at beyondblue.
A mental health support program. You can make a donation to help this one-of-a-kind program for local sports clubs to have their players mentored by the OTLR team in a 12-month commitment or you can buy some of their hot gear.
I’ve always been a sucker for animals – my first duck was a “kindergarten reject” and our dogs (not that they’re native…) have always been free-to-a-good-home types (mainly from farms – but Rum came from the pub!). Wildlife Victoria responds to some 60,000 calls a year about sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, and that’s just the ones they know about, and just in Victoria! I took over decorating a cousin’s engagement cake once, when my aunt just couldn’t balance feeding the wombat his four-hourly bottle with a smooth icing job. The icing turned out well, but donating here turns out even better. 🙂
I’m also pretty driven to help my clients communicate with their clients. It’s something I just really enjoy. So please see how I can help you.