Christmas charity campaigns
That's right - Christmas is hurtling towards us in all its tinselly glory, yet increasingly people are rejecting the usual festive traditions of over-consumption, vacuous gaudiness and giving-stuff-for-the-sake-of-giving-stuff.
Far from being Grinchy, this is about giving to those who really need our help.
So instead of investing in next month's landfill as a gift, let's think about the true meaning of the season and give the power to change lives indefinitely. Whether you plan to donate as a gift on someone else's behalf, want to support personally or have some time to volunteer we're delighted to share this selection of Christmas campaigns with you:
Read the story of Caron and Matt, who after many years undergoing IVF finally were blessed with a boy named Jude. However, Jude was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and requires an extensive treatment regime every day for the rest of his life. And you can help.
Cassie's story is harrowing, but thanks to IJM she was rescued from sex slavery in the Philippines and will spend her Christmas free from fear and abuse. IJM desperately need your donation to rescue and rehabilitate the growing number of children at the mercy of sex traffickers.
7 out of 10 people in Cambodia have no access to electricity. Schoolkids struggle to read and learn at night, relying on dangerous and unreliable kerosene lamps or fires. But you can change a life easily - just $50 buys a solar LED lamp so children can stay in school and build better lives for themselves and their communities.
Batyr focuses on preventative education in the area of young people’s mental health. This Christmas they are asking for your help to raise $10,000 to be able to run a 'Being Herd' speaker training workshop, so they can continue to build their team of incredible young speakers to share their stories of hope, resilience and recovery.
Little Dahir was born into one of the worst droughts East Africa has experienced in half a century. With food scarce and hugely expensive, Dahir's parents couldn't afford to buy enough to eat. And his mother struggled to breastfeed her son as her own body also battled against malnutrition. Children like Dahir won't make it to this Christmas unless we help.
Heartkids provides lifelong support to those with Childhood Heart Disease (CHD) and their families. They need volunteer gift wrappers from 11 Dec - 24 Dec at Westfield Hornsby, Westfield Bondi Junction and Rhodes Shopping Centres. Give as much or as little time as you can spare. It's fun, plus you get expert present wrapping tuition!
This organisation addresses issues such as child development and behaviour, parenting strategies, strengthening parent / child relationships, social isolation and family violence. Your donation will be used to provide age-appropriate toys and gifts for children in Western Sydney who might otherwise have nothing to open on Christmas morning.
Click through to read Ella's story about her brave battle with cancer after losing her father to the disease. Fight Cancer Foundation is a national charity giving hope and saving lives by providing care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families and funding vital research into cancer treatment and cures.
This is just a selection, every day new campaigns are posted on Benojo so have a look and give the most important gift of all - love.
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