This naturally gets me considering charities. Australia is a lovely place with its own set of challenges, and there are so many organisations doing amazing work, fighting the good fight for education, health, welfare and social justice. Just like with my writing projects and life stuff in general, it's hard to pick just one charity to call my favourite.
So let's not pick just one. Here are five Australian charities that could make great use of our support this year...
1: Asylum Seeker Resource Center
The ASRC is a lifeline for people seeking asylum, helping to keep people safe and providing for families who have nowhere else to turn.
2: Change The Record
Change The Record works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to invest in holistic early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies. These are smarter, evidence-based and more cost-effective solutions that increase safety, address the root causes of violence against women and children, cut reoffending and imprisonment rates, and build stronger communities.
3: Lifeline WA
Lifeline WA wants every West Australian to know they don't have to face their problems alone. Their mission is to prevent suicide, support people in crisis and create equal opportunities for emotional wellbeing.
4: Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross does incredible work on a number of fronts, helping individuals and communities during a crisis as well as providing medical, financial and social support on an ongoing basis to those in need.
Movember is a yearly event that raises funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. While the cause is important, I must admit my main driver for donating is the special men in my life who love to bond over their facial hair. I love supporting them and seeing them get to have a bit of wholesome fun for a good cause.
What about you? What are some of your favourite charities?