How to give back to the community

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Creative ideas for contributing your time to helping others

With Anzac Day on 25 April, we recognise the courageous individuals who made sacrifices for the benefit of others. This holiday reminds us of the importance of giving back; have you considered how you and your family could be doing more for your local community?

Like the Mediterranean cultures, whose emphasis on communal care helps foster wellness, we know that caring for the world and people around us is important for a fulfilling life.

If you’re interested in giving back to the community, relatively simple things can go a long way in supporting a cause – here are three suggestions to get you started.

1. Become involved with a local charity

Why not help yourself while helping others? Making volunteering a part of your everyday life can have a number of benefits, from living a longer, healthier life to establishing stronger relationships and helping society.

There are more than 37,000 charities throughout Australia, which means you’re likely to find at least one that lines up with some of your personal interests and passions. Examples of volunteering opportunities for charities can include:

  • Running a charity’s social media account.
  • Selling raffle tickets.
  • Organising auction items for a charity gala.
  • Setting up and marketing for a charity event.
  • Preparing and serving food at a local homeless shelter.
  • Conducting a collection of food donations for local charities and youth centres.

Check out websites such as probonoaustralia.com.au or govolunteer.com.au to see what opportunities are available in your local area.

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2. Host a fundraiser

Hosting a fundraiser is a great way to spread the word about a charity and inspire others to get into the philanthropic spirit. Many charities offer resources on their websites to help you plan and organise a successful fundraiser including:

Some fundraising ideas perfect for adults and kids alike include themed get-togethers, lunches or activity days. Another great way to bond with the family!

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3. Sponsor or take part in a charity/community event

There are many charity events happening all over Australia. If you’re interested in giving back to the community, relatively simple things can go a long way in supporting a cause. One of the most popular ways to contribute is to enrol in a charity’s athletic event for donations such as:

  • Fun runs.
  • Cycles.
  • Walks.
  • Rowing.
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Sponsoring a local team is also a rewarding way to show support for your community.

There are endless opportunities when it comes to giving back locally. Why not get creative and customise an activity or event yourself?

Volunteering is just one of the many activities that can help you be at your best – use it as an opportunity to spend time with loved ones as you help work towards a brighter tomorrow.

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