Posts Tagged ‘causes’

Raising money to combat Cancer

Frocktober is officially over and I managed to raise a whopping $216 dollars for the cause by wearing a frock to work every single day in October.

It’s kind of nice to be able to coach/teach sport and teach woodworking in shorts again!

So now I pass the monthly charity fundraising onto my loveable brother.
He’s doing Movember, the men’s version.. and below you can see his progress so far!

Feel free to get involved and sponsor the red lip caterpillar.


Love Everyday

This year, whilst being involved in the Skate 4 Cancer skate across Australia tour, I met the very amazing Mike Mendes.

He really hardly ever sleeps, although when I first arrived to meet my new van mates, Mike was in fact asleep. It was a rare occassion indeed.

Love Everyday is a not for profit organisation which Mendes established two years ago.
‘Love Everyday’ aims to increase awareness about poverty and under privileged people in our communities

He does this through non-profit art workshops as well as educational talks & discussions for schools and youth groups.
All the money made through Love Everyday goes right to the people on the streets of the city that they are currently located for purchasing things like clothing, blankets & food.

“I can’t sleep so I draw, paint, tattoo and wander the planet instead. Love everyday ” Mike Mendes

Check out his facebook page here

Being a light in a world of darkness..

Good causes.

There’s so many out there, and they are all always on the look out for some willing hands and bodies to help get involved.

Too many of us focus on themselves, and not enough on others, their community or the world in which they live in.

Living in Australia, we truly are blessed.
We truly are in the minority of people who actually have a good shot at life.
In saying that, there are still so many needs within Australia that need to be met.

What are you doing about?
What can you do about it?

I’m a firm believer about trying to help others to the best of my ability.
I know that I’m pretty busy, and that I don’t have loads of money I can donate, however that still doesn’t stop me from trying to get involved and help.

In most cases even an hour or two of your time a week, is regarded as a life send for many of these organisations, and greatly appreciated.

In the past year I’ve aligned or aided the following organisations in numerous ways.
Either donated money regulary, going on fundraising trips, holding bake sales and donating the proceeds, going on awareness missions etc..

I’d appreciate it if you took the time to look into some of these worthwhile causes.
Beyond Blue – The National Depression Initiative
Paws People and Animal Welfare Society
Riverview Children’s Foundation Providing options for the world’s forgotten children
The Royal Flying Doctors An aeromedical health service for those who live, work or travel in outback and regional Australia.
Safe -Saving Animals from Euthanasia
Skate 4 Cancer – Creating awareness and preventing Cancer
World Vision Addressing the causes and consequences of global poverty.

As well as supporting friends who took the challenge of growing a mo for Movember
Recently a guy I know, went even one step better and has created his own company, Home is where the Heartaches which is going to help address those in need. It’s an amazing thing that Tyson Daniel is doing and I’d love it, if you took the time to check out his website, and even one step better, help support him in the form of buying a t-shirt of which proceeds will be used to help educate and aid those who are dealing with/experiencing Depression.
I got this shirt in the mail yesterday, and will be wearing the hell out of it, to get this awesome cause out there.

It’s not hard to make a difference. and it doesn’t cost a fortune either.
Every cent and minute counts!

Skate 4 Cancer

Has finally made it to the Southern Hemisphere. Good work.
I think what these guys are doing is pretty fab, and people should get involved.

i was trying to get these guys to come visit the school I work at and the local skatepark (HQ All ages Venue) because I know heaps of the kids would be stoked on it, however all of my emails have not been replied to, which is pretty disappointing – despite Rob originally being keen on it.

As a former skater myself, I would have loved to have met some of these guys when I was younger..
Oh well…

Here’s their latest update… and for those playing at home, who can spot Melbourne’s very own Borgs.
This is seriously way more cooler than Confession!

A Bumpy Ride

A lot of people don’t know, but when I was 20 I had a breast cancer scare.
I went and saw a specialist, and they did some tests and I had a troublesome lump about the size of chocolate gold coin. They predicted a long hard battle of treatments to get things right.
I knew something was up before the tests, because I couldn’t move one of my arms due to the swelling and pain in the chest region.

I was petrified to say the least. My grandmother had breast cancer and lost a breast. My mother had skin cancer and now had a big chunk of her arm cut out. My mothers best friend had breast cancer, had it cut out, and chemo. Had the breast reconstructed, only to have complications some months later and have to have it cut off again.

I was only 20, with my life still ahead of me. Cancer was not in my plans. Losing part of my body was not either.
Luckily for me – I had a miraculous healing. Some amazing people I know were responsible for it, and when I went back for the next examination, the bump was only an eighth of the size, and wait for it… not cancerous.

My shoulders immediately lighter and the my future seemed a bit more appealing. 
I am however, like every other woman and man on this earth, not safe from it, and awareness is very important.
The sooner you catch it, the better the chance of beating it for good.

Here is some information about performing your own breast examination, Everyone should do this, male and female alike (because yes, men can get breast cancer too). Make sure you perform this on a monthly basis and know what is normal for you body.


The video and info cards is from a movement called Skate4Cancer, which was a dream by a guy called Rob Dyer to create awareness in the world about cancer and it’s causes by skating across Canada. Suss it.

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