It is now only 4 weeks until Christmas, and like most people I know, I have not done much (sorry any!) present shopping just yet. All my family live overseas so buying present online is the way I go, and ever since I brought a goat from Oxfam Unwrapped on behalf of my parents (btw they honestly thought I had brought them a goat, their reaction / indignation was very funny), I have tried to buy gifts, either where the proceeds go to good causes or I buy a useful item for someone in need (like a goat!).
So here are some ideas of Charity Gifts, Companies where the proceeds go to good causes…
Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Designer teddy bears
Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Designer teddy bears are available in selected Myer stores around Australia from 29th November, these cute bears are styled by four iconic designers; Leona Edmiston, Jane Lamerton, Jayson Brunsdon and Karen Walker (L-R). Priced at $39.99 each, the proceeds from sales of the bear will be donated to Starlight Children’s Foundation. This Christmas Starlight Children’s Foundation is appealing for help to raise $1.4 million to grant more than 200 life-changing Starlight Wishes for seriously ill kids and teens across Australia.
Stockist: Select Myer stores across Australia
Starlight Children’s Foundation Shine On: Fun Time Favourites
With appearances from Hi-5, The Wiggles, Curious George and Peppa Pig, the Shine On: Fun Time Favourites is ideal for pre-school aged children. At least $5 from the sale of each DVD will go to Starlight this Christmas. This Christmas Starlight Children’s Foundation is appealing for help to raise $1.4 million to grant more than 200 life-changing Starlight Wishes for seriously ill kids and teens across Australia.
Stockist: Available at leading retailers nationally including Big W, Woolworths, Target, K-Mart, Sanity, JB HI-FI and Coles
Unicef Photo Shop
From Unicef online photo print store you can personalise and buy a range of Christmas cards, photobooks, canvas prints, mugs and more.
Every purchase via shop.unicef.org.au counts and goes toward UNICEF’s vital child survival, child and maternal health, education, child protection and HIV/AIDS prevention work. Other important areas where funds received change the life of underprivileged children include new stationery, measles vaccines, nutritional food supplements, exercise books, clean water and sports equipment like footballs.
CARE Australia has recently launched this years life-changing gifts initiative, CAREgifts.
The majority of the world’s poorest people are girls and women and by purchasing a CAREgift readers have the opportunity to change a life by providing food, clean water, basic healthcare and education that will help create better opportunities for these women and their communities.
The online range of charitable gifts provide support to underprivileged women, girls and their communities to assist and empower them to overcome poverty. Starting at $10, CAREgifts are available online at www.caregifts.org.au.
For example you can purchase a chicken as a gift for $13 or village water system for $2,500.
Raise Foundation is a non profit charity which run mentoring programs for young people at risk. One of the programs they run is called Bump and it is specifically for young pregnant or parenting girls aged from 13 to 23. They have a variety of items that people can “purchase” as a donation to our charity which benefits the young mums in Bump. Examples include:
- $50 pays for babysitting for 5 children so 5 young mums can participate in a Bump workshop
- $100 pays for a young mum to attend a monthly Bump workshop which is part of a TAFE Certificate
- $250 pays for a volunteer from the community to be trained at TAFE as a youth mentor for a young mum
- all the way up to $1500 which pays for a young mum and a mentor to be in the Bump program for one year
What about buying a voucher and letting your recipient choose which charity they want to give money to?
Established in 2007, The Karma Currency Foundation is an innovative, independent, charitable not-for-profit that now supports over 1000 of Australia’s most respected charities.
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