It's the time of the year to be giving back to the community again! Thanks to all of your support, we were able to increase our charitable donations this year to better support the causes that leaves an impact on society. In addition to our pledge to donate to the Rainforest trust, we've also included charities that helps minority groups through providing services that empower and support them. You can check out the list below to find out more about the charities we've donated to this year and the specific causes we're funding. Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement. Through these highly effective partnerships, they will ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold. The project we've donated to support biodiversity in Indonesia will be matched with $1 through our SAVES Challenge. Head over to the Rainforest trust for more information: https://www.rainforesttrust.org/projects/protect-the-leuser-ecosystem-and-create-a-corridor-for-elephants/ AusCam Freedom Project is an anti-trafficking organization ending the exploitation of girls in Cambodia. They prevent girls from ever stepping foot into danger by reducing their vulnerability, mitigating risks, supporting them to graduate and gain the tools, skills and confidence to change their lives and the world around them. The project aims to break the cycle of poverty that has affected adolescent girls and their families. They not only provide educational scholarships but also holistic support through their Shine Girls Project and SHE project. Check out more here. The Bridging the Gap Foundation (the Foundation) has been established through the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) and Charles Darwin University (CDU). Its objective is to fund research into health and education in order to address one of Australia’s most urgent issues: the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health and education opportunities and outcomes. The Foundation will work in partnership with health and education researchers, universities and other institutions in Australia and overseas, and will collaborate with governments and agencies at both national and international levels, to achieve its goal of improving Indigenous health and education. It will also aim to increase public awareness of the need to improve the health and educational opportunities and outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
5. SwitchboardSwitchboard provide peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, their families, allies and communities. Switchboard provides instrumental programs that helps with LGBTIQA+ issues such as: Rainbow Door
- a free specialist LGBTIQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender Diverse, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, BrotherBoys, SisterGirls) helpline providing Information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family during and after COVID 19.
- QLIFE Switchboard is the Victorian partner in the national telephone and web counselling, information and referral service QLife. This free peer based service is for LGBTIQA+ identifying people and those who have questions or concerns about LGBTIQA+ issues. This includes families, friends, teachers and coworkers of LGBTIQA+ people. This service is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health.
- Switchboard runs a QTIPoC project aiming to build greater equity for Queer, Trans, Intersex Peoples and/or People of Colour and People of Faith.