We can all benefit from fresh ideas to get us outside our own heads for a short while and get us thinking about other things. Things that help us to see the bigger picture – to see things beyond ourselves and our own little corner of the world. So I’ve pulled together a list of community events [just a small sample] to help you to get connected and boost your confidence.
There’s always a heap of things going on around the nation at any given time in support of a good cause, raising awareness, to build community spirit, and make a difference. Participating in these events helps you break out of your comfort zone, makes you feel good about doing something positive, and gets you interacting with other people – all of which goes a long way towards improving self-esteem and building your confidence.
These events are filled with people who care about others, are looking to make a difference, and who value connection and positive change. You can’t go wrong being a part of these things. Check out what’s on near you and get involved. OurCommunity has a great calendar of events.
Here’s a few ideas to get you started…
*New: Aug – Sept 2017
August is Tradies Health Month. The Australian Physiotherapy Association together with Steel Blue Tradies National Health Month, seeks to get ‘tradies’ involved in the importance of full body health and safety, and provides specially designed tips and tricks to meet the needs of a hard-working tradie. So get together with the tradie in your life and support them to look after their health and wellbeing.
September will see us all out buying official Liptember lipsticks to support the Centre for Women’s Mental Health and Lifeline. This great causes seeks to raise funds and awareness during the month of September through the sale of these official lipsticks at participating retailers. Women everywhere are encouraged to register online and seek sponsorship from family, friends and co-workers for committing to wear their special Liptember Lipstick throughout the month of September. What fun! ☺
May – June 2017
Get involved in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Host a morning tea anytime in May or June, enjoy one, donate, bake, or help friends spread the word. Anyone can participate in this worthwhile event. With more than 1.1 million Australians either living with cancer or who have survived a diagnosis, this is without a doubt a great community cause to get behind. Cancer Council is Australia’s leading cancer charity, working to unite the community, create hope, and provide support towards saving lives.
If you have a passion for supporting families who have experienced the birth of a premature or sick newborn why don’t you consider volunteering for the Miracle Babies Foundation. Each year approximately 48,000 newborn babies require the help of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) in Australia. Over half of these babies are born premature, and as many as 1000 babies sadly lose their life. Show your support to help these families get through this traumatic experience and reduce the lifelong effects on their emotional well-being.
Febfast is a fundraising event all about taking “A Pause for A Cause” for the month of February. Funds raised support disadvantaged young people across Australia aged 12-25. You can take a pause from alcohol, sugar or something else of your choice, so long as you go without for the month. You might prefer to sponsor someone else to go through the withdrawals for you! I’m considering going without TV for a month [gasp! shudder!] … Well coffee seemed like the harder option!! What do you think? Get in touch on Facebook to let me know your thoughts. Check out febfast Australia and show your support!
Support Ovarian Cancer Australia by hosting an Afternoon Teal event. You could have a high tea, plan a picnic, go golfing, muster a movie marathon, or do a dinner. This is something where anybody and everybody can get involved! You can help to raise awareness, get people to know the signs and symptoms of the disease, and get people familiar with their family health history. Be part of a community fundraising event which aims to reduce the impact of ovarian cancer and improve outcomes for women and their families living with the disease. Head to Afternoon Teal to register.
November – December 2016
#DineSmart has officially kicked off. Running from 14 November to 31 December, 95 restaurants across Australia are hoping to raise $250,000 in much needed funds for small grassroots homeless projects. For Christmas be sure to book your parties and catch ups at participating #DineSmart venues and encourage everyone to chip in. It’s a fantastic way to spread Christmas cheer with 100% of your donations going to local organisations who often struggle to secure enough funding to do their great work, yet they still manage to deliver essential community services. Check out the map to find a restaurant and participate at… a #GreatCause to get behind and to support people in rebuilding their lives.
Yes – I know September has passed! But stay with me. You may have noticed on my Facebook page in September I was reminding you to take some time out from your digital connections and instead reconnect with others in more traditional ways. Remember when we used to actually talk to each other on the phone instead of texting, emailing, or IM’ing – or better yet we used to meet face-to-face and catch up over a coffee?! Social September promotes ‘real’ social connection for increased positive mental health and well-being. How easy is it to get caught up in life and technology and let true connection pass us by? So even though September is over, keep up the practice of reconnecting with others in a more ‘real’ way – for your well-being and theirs!
Host a Breast ever Brunch in October to raise money in support of women with breast cancer. A great excuse to share some eats with friends, family or colleagues while supporting an incredibly worthy cause.
Ocsober encourages us to take a break from alcohol for a month, help break the cycle of alcohol abuse, and give kids a safer and healthier life. Did you know that over a million children are impacted by alcohol abuse, with drinking the cause of nearly half of all child protection cases? So get on board – be a good role model, take a stand, and raise some money instead of a glass this Ocsober.
Also for the month of October, how about asking yourself “Do I really need it?” And if you decide yes – that you absolutely do, could you get it second-hand or borrow it from a friend? Or maybe there are other alternatives? Buy Nothing New is a great initiative to get us to think about where stuff comes from (such as non-renewable resources) and what happens to it when we’re done, i.e. LANDFILL. There are lots of clever alternatives out there to help us extend the life and uses for the ‘stuff’ we use every day. Check it out.
Check out my other posts here for more ways to improve your well-being ♥
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