I want to make a difference in the world.
It has always been important to me but with so many beautiful followers I thought now was a good time to up my game and help make a bigger impact. While I am only taking little steps, if each of those steps helps educate, feed or help another human being, then it no longer seems small.
♥ If you are getting married why not think outside the box when it comes to receiving gifts or giving favours. Let’s be honest, most of us have more than we need to live a simple life, and what we can buy with $25 could change another persons life (like, big time). And how great would the buzz be to give to a charity that means something to you (way better than another casserole dish!) P.S Did you know that you can claim back 33% of money you give to local charities. That means you can use that money to keep on giving (or reward yourself for being awesome!) Just saying. xox
Below are some of my favourite charities that I currently support, join me and let’s make a difference!
I have been challenged by depression since I was a teenager, and the sad thing is I just thought it was normal that life was ridiculously hard all the time for everyone, until I finally fell to pieces in 2012 for different reasons (a blessing in disguise) and at the age of 31 I finally got the help and support I needed.
As you could imagine the Mental Health Foundation of NZ is a charity that is close to my heart and when you sell your wedding dress on P&L I donate $2 from your listing to their charity ($50 donated so far!). Get involved or find out more at www.mentalhealth.org.nz
Also if you live in Auckland go check out The Clothing Collective in Birkenhead. Run by single mum Louise Clark, this stylish store sell pre-loved clothing and furniture and 50% of profits go to Mental Health NZ.
Since I discovered Eat My Lunch I have wanted to share the love with anyone and everyone. 1 in 4 kiwi kids have rumbling tummies everyday in Aotearoa and Eat My Lunch are on a mission to change this by providing yummy, fresh, healthy lunches to kiwi kids in need. By buying a delicious lunch for yourself they will give a lunch to a child in need (and they deliver!). How awesome is that!
While Eat My Lunch is currently Auckland based, with your support I reckon we can help them expand yo! AND you don’t have to live in Auckland or need a lunch to contribute… simply GIVE TWO for $10 and both meals will go to kids in need! Visit www.eatmylunch.nz for more info.
The Flower Garden is an AMAZING non-profit organisation in Canterbury who collect donations of wedding flowers and deliver them to a charity of your choice (or you can let them decide) within the Canterbury area. They collect them at the end the wedding day (if possible), and restyle them into little posies.
Some of the places they deliver to are the Nurses Hospice, Stroke Ward Christchurch Hospital, Rannerdale Veterans Care, Women’s Refuge, Hospital wards of your choice and other Retirement Villages.
P.S There is nothing to stop you doing this yourself in your own region!!!
I have been sponsoring Kuresoi since she was only a year old. She is now 8 years old and thanks to my sponsorship she was able to have surgery to repair her cleft palate, attend school with the stationery and uniform she needs, grow her families livestock to include over 20 goats and even buy the occasional dress! Yay for that!
My contribution has also supported the building of water sanitation systems in the community, and by using the tax refund we received from last years donation (you can claim 33% back) for Christmas we bought my hubby’s family ‘Gifts That Grow‘ for those all over the world which included 22 ducks, 2 chickens, a water filter, parenting and gardening courses for over 60 people, gardening tools, a ‘gunny bag’ (vegetable sack) which helped a pre-school grow vegetables, and fruit trees (all for around $300!).
To make a difference to the lives of children and families all over the world visit www.childfund.org.nz
I am on my 3rd loan with Kiva and what a buzz! Who doesn’t love changing someones life, then using that same money to change another persons life (and so on!) 98% of loans are repaid allowing you to keep on giving.
Do you give to charity? Have you changed someones life (animals included) through giving? If so I would love to hear about it in the comments below…