By choosing a letter of the alphabet you then can set me a challenge and if I complete it you then donate your $50 to the charity of your choice. I don't handle any money, its up to you to donate.
And your money goes to. . . . . . . .
The charities listed here are the ones you have nominated. the list will grow as more people set me a challenge.
ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE, (Letters C, S and Z)
THis year is the 90th anniversary of the RFDS. Since those early beginnings it has now become one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometers. They are a dedicated team of professionals, using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, and supported by a vast number of volunteers and supporters, the RFDS is vital for those that live, work and travel in rural and remote Australia.
WIRE (Womens Information and Referral Service) (Letter W)
WIRE is the only statewide free, confidential and referrral service for women. They offer a range of gender-specific training programs, and also research and advocate for womens issues such as financial, literacy and economic security, work-life balance and violence against women. They offer a safe place to share your experience, and to get practical and emotional support on any issue.
CANTEEN (Letter B and Letter C)
CanTeen helps young people cope with cancer in their family. Through CanTeen, young people learn to explore and deal with their feelings about cancer, connect with other young people in the same boat and if they've been diagnosed themselves, CanTeen provides specialist, youth specific treatment teams. In 1985 and group of young cancer patients formed CanTeen and its still young people that are at the centre of everything they do. Cancer is different in a young persons world.
SAVE THE TASMANIAN DEVIL PROGRAM (Letter T)
The Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is a rare infectious cancer spreading through wild Tasmanian devil populations. The Tasmanian devil has been listed on the endangered by Federal and State governments. They now aim to maintain the devil population by managing the impact of DFTD and minimise the .impact of other threats.
The Tasmanian devil (sarcophilus harrisii) is the worlds largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. Their life expectancy is only 5 years in the wild. My mascot for this trip is a devil soft toy, I've named him Harri.
BEAR COTTAGE (Letter X)
At Bear Cottage, life is for living. It is the only children's hospice in NSW and is a very special place that's dedicated to caring for children with life-limiting conditions. Families who care for a child with a life-limiting condition often do so around the clock for many years. Bear Cottages vision is to be as far removed from a hospital environment as possible. Yet they offer 24/7 palliative care and have access to the best medical resources in the world.
ENBRIDGE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER (Letter f)
This epic bike ride of over 200km over 2 days, in Alberta, Canada for the last decade has become a rallying cry for those who know that cancer is no match against the conviction to Conquer it. Last year the ride raised over $6,000,000 for the Alberta Cancer Foundation - to support breakthrough cancer research, clinical trials, enhanced care and the discovery of new cancer therapies at 17 Cancer Centres across Alberta.
RSPCA (Letter K)
RSPCA is a community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. Not only does the RSPCA run animal shelters and community education and fundraising, they have a strong science background with particular focus on farm animal issues and promoting animal welfare issues with Government and industry.
FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION (Letter Q and g)
The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation working towards eliminating avoidable blindness and improving indigenous Australian health, by empowering local communities with training and affordable technology, so doctors, nurses and health care workers can recognise, diagnose, refer and treat eye problems in their communities.
SEA SHEPHERD (Letter A)
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organisation established in 1977. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. They use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
TATHRA BUSH FIRE APPEAL (Letter l)
The Mayoral Appeal fund has been established after the March 18 bushfires in the Tathra region. All donated funds are managed and distributed by the council, and in compliance wit the Commonwealth charitable law requirements. They will coordinate a range of services to help and guide those affected through the recovery process. These include access to Red Cross, Salvation Army, chaplaincy, mental health support, financial counselling, housing and tax advice.
MERCY SHIPS (Letter j)
Mercy Ships Australia is a charity registered in Australia. Their mission is to promote the work of Mercy Ships through fundraising, volunteer recruitment and the procurement of materials and services. They use hospital ships to deliver free world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world, bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor. Over half the world's population lives within 160 km from the coast, giving these modern hospital ships with a crew of 400 volunteers bring hope, healing and renewed health to thousands.
BEYOND BLUE (Letter F, n and d)
3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression. Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age or where they may live. This website provides comprehensive information about anxiety, depression and suicide for young people, women, men, older people, multicultural people, aboriginal and Torres strait Islander people, LGBTI people and for pregnancy and early parenting.
THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY (Letter N)
The Wilderness Society's purpose is to protect, promote and restore wilderness and natural processes across Australia for the survival and on going evolution of life on Earth. Strategic goals include keeping as great a volume of fossil fuels as possible in the ground to limit Australia's contribution to catastrophic climate change and to protect wilderness and nature across Australia by creating protected ares and strong nationally consistent laws and institutions.
THE AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY (Letter R)
The Australian Wildlife Conservancy is an Australian, independent, non-profit organisation, working to conserve threatened wildlife and ecosysytems in Australia, principally through the acquisition of extensive areas of land on which to establish conservation reserves. These sanctuaries are managed for conservation and also to support research programs. They implement practical land management- feral animal control and fire management- informed by good science.
SPINAL CORD INJURIES AUSTRALIA (Letter s)
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) is a not-for-profit organisation working for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Individuals with SCI and similar disabilities use our community-based services to overcome barriers, achieve their goals and live fulfilling personal, social and professional lives. Their main focus areas are: *offer a one-stop-shop for information on services, advice and support available, *influencing social change on a systemic and individual level,*providing accomodation for people transitioning home from hospital, or who need a break.
THE INTREPID FOUNDATION (Letter w)
The Intrepid Foundation is about empowering travellers to positively impact communities. They are a not for profit group who support local organisations tackling important community issues all over the world- from conservation and wildlife protection, to education, healthcare and human rights. 100% of monies donated goes directly to the cause. Projects supported vary from internationally respected organisations to small, locally based projects addressing issues within their community. All the organisations they work with strive to support people, promote peace, drive prosperity or protect the planet.
DOLLY'S DREAM FOUNDATION(Letter k)
The Dolly's Dream Foundation is a charity group established by family and friends of Dolly Everett. Dolly was the victim of bullying, and ended her own life at the young age of 14. In rememberance to Dolly, and to facilitate positive change for other young lives, the Dolly's Dream Foundation aims to provide support to charity groups through fundraising and promotion. Dolly's Dream aim is to raise awareness of bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide and on social media had been using the hashtags #stopbullyingnow and #doitfordolly
SAVING THE MOUNTAIN PYGMY POSSUM (Letter h)
The mountain pygmy possum only live in the Australian Alps, and they are listed as an endangered species. There are only a few thousand left in the wild. As temperatures rise, so do the threats to their survival dramatically increase.
HOBART CENTRAL CHURCH (Letter d)
The Hobart Centrfal Church is a cross-cultural church located in the heart of Hobart. It was planted in 2005 as a Korean congregation, with a heart to reach all people. They currently offer services in English and Korean.
SAVE THE STRATHBOGIE FOREST (Letter J)
Not only are we loosing precious forests as this area is logged, it is the home to the greater glider.
This active group of people are insisting on forest management policy and operations that are evidence based, and want to see improved management of the diverse values and services that this forest provides.
MAKE A WISH (Letter a)
Wishes make life better for children with critical illnesses. This is a non-profit organisation that arranges experiences described as wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions. Children must be between the ages of 3-17.
BONORONG WILDLIFE HOSPITAL (Letter z)
The Bonorong Wildlife Hospital is a Tasmanian first. in January 2018, Bonorong opened Tasmania's first fully dedicated wildlife veterinary clinic to provide care to the hundreds of animals they rescue each year. It is free to the public to drop off wildlife for care and rehabilitation. This facility is currently staffed by volunteers and animal treatment is paid out of the carers own pocket. More donation are needed.
YOUNG ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY (Letter b)
YAPS Animal Refuge rescue abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats in the Cairns area. There refuge animals stay with the refuge and are lovingly cared for until their "forever families' come along to adopt them. Some only stay a short time, others stay as permanent guests. YAPS also provides a dog and cattery boarding service.