Australian Charities Do Some Pretty Amazing Work

Each year, millions of people donate money and time to various charities, and one of the most popular types of charities are those devoted to helping children. After all, children are special and, as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise them. Children need a lot of love and support in order to grow up to be happy adults who contribute to society. When certain children’s needs are not being met – such as in the case of children who are disadvantaged in some way – charities often step in to help. Charities do amazing work, and when they are devoted solely to helping children in need, they have a chance to truly make a difference in the world.

Helping Children Helps the Rest of Us

Helping children is important, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because the way children are raised can directly or indirectly affect the society of which they are a part. Many charities that help disadvantaged children offer a variety of programmes that allow children to grow emotionally and enjoy situations they may not otherwise be able to enjoy. This includes activities such as weekly camps that teach children how to be secure, happy and active; long-term programmes that concentrate on their leadership skills through outdoor adventures and various group activities; and programmes that allow children to have their own personal mentors. Regardless of the programme, they all have one thing in common: they help children grow up and be functioning, active and happy adults.

One of the reasons these charities succeed is because they place children in situations that allow them to take risks and explore unfamiliar options, but they do this while ensuring that the child is safe and well-supported, both physically and emotionally. This allows the child to grow and have fun, which is always an excellent combination. Children are resilient, but they also need the help and support of an adult in certain situations, and these charities concentrate on the whole child in order to produce results that are good for the child.

Not All Charities Are Alike

Researching charities in Melbourne allows you access to hundreds of charities that help children, so finding the one you wish to donate to should be easy. Many of them offer not only the opportunity to donate financially, but will also accept your time and devotion to the children they assist. It takes a lot of time and personnel to put together a good programme for children, especially if you want it to be effective, so these charities tend to be in need of both cash and people on a regular basis.

By instilling confidence in disadvantaged children through a variety of programmes, these charities do wonders for children of all ages. It is easy to get involved with one of these organisations, as most of them have comprehensive websites that allow you to donate in a number of ways. Visiting their websites, therefore, is an excellent place to start when researching these types of charities.

 

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May 14, 2016
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A Mother’s Broken Heart

My emotions have been going up and down, spiralling out of control at times, and I honestly don’t know why I am in this kind of situation. Generally speaking, I am ok in the other aspects of my life. However, there are things that get to me that really hit me in the core.

My family and friends who know me so much will attest to my emotional state right now. I am still reeling from my dear mother and Millie’s demise. I am still raw with sadness and the feeling of defeat. And when you are in that kind of emotional anguish, you cling on to the ones whom you think will be there for you. This is when I remember Millie the most… She would always be there to see me through my bouts of loneliness.

I’ll say no more…

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(credit to the owner of this graphic, taken from Pinterest)

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May 12, 2016
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Happy Mother’s Day Mommy

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I never imagined myself greeting my mum a Happy Mother’s Day when she is no longer with us. I guess, it will certainly take time before I get over missing her. There’s never a day that I don’t think of her. I even dream of her when she wants to grace my dream of her wonderful presence. I just miss her badly. I can’t put into words how much I am missing her. I really, really do.

This Mother’s Day is not easy for me.  Just last year, I sent her a bouquet of violet flowers that she loved. I surprised her with that and it was the first time I did it. And it was also the last.

So now, as I type this post, my thoughts of mum, holding the bouquet I bought her floats in my head. I really hoped she loved it because it took me a long time to choose the perfect flowers to give her to tell her how much I love her.

And tomorrow, it’s Mother’s Day. It is the first time I will spend the special occasion without her. It is not easy but I know, my mum knows how much I love her and how much I am thankful for all that she has done for me and my family.

I love you mum. I really miss you badly. At least in heaven, everyday is Mother’s Day…

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May 7, 2016
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My Handmade Photo Booth Props

We planned for a grand debut for our daughter but ended up having a simple, yet fun and truly close-knit celebration of her 18th birthday last February. My hubby and I decided, upon the wish of our celebrant, to follow what she wanted but include small things to make the celebration extra special and memorable. And what better way to capture those happy faces and memories was to install a photo booth in the corner. And we know how Filipinos love posing for selfies or in front of the camera.

We found a decent priced photo booth operator. I cannot share the details here because I didn’t book them. Anyway, I love crafts and I enjoy making my own stuff so I added my own props using what leftovers I have from my card making days.

I took templates from the internet and mind you, the web is teeming with freebies. You can download or print if you want. I have a paper cutting machine so I had a nice, precise cut on the shapes that I love.

What you need:

Cutting files if you are using electronic paper cutting machine
Long barbecue skewer or stick as handle
Coloured and even pattered cardstock
Printer if you want to print and cut
Scissors if you are going to cut by hand
Glue (I used  Scotch Tape Multi Purpose Adhesive Spray)
Some spare ribbons or fabric for added embellishments
Some flat-back gems for blings
Some buttons for added embellishments

Samples of my DIY photo booth props

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Here are my models (nephews and nieces who happily tried my photo booth props) and the props I have made. I will be putting the links of the resources so you can download them for free. Please give credit to the designers when you download their templates.

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Free downloadable templates:

From Kensie Kate

From Something Turquoise 

 

And if want to buy the cutting files if you have a paper cutting machine like Silhouette or Cricut,  you can buy from Designs on Cloud 9

 

Of course, there are more sites that offer free printable and downloadable files for your photo booth props. Some are also giving our free cutting files for your type of paper cutting machine. So, feel free to use their resources.

 

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April 22, 2016
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Introvert But Flexible

I don’t like it when people always stereotype an “introvert” person as not being flexible enough to meet the demands of having to socialise.  I do acknowledge the fact that it does take a lot of effort on my part to attend parties, meet new people, go out, join clubs and organisations, and even attend team-building. I am a good team player but there are teams that are worthy to be with and not. A long as I can choose and be happy with my choices, I would rather refrain from attending or doing any of those, if I were to be true to myself.

I felt really slighted when someone highlighted the fact that if one is “not flexible” then that is not a fit for management. It wasn’t said verbatim as I have written here but the context was that. Does being an introvert mean I am unable to do a job even if it was meant to deal with people? Being an introvert limits me to a certain extent of having too much stimuli in my life. Meeting people or being around people I usually despise is one of them. And just because I prefer to deal with certain people on a certain degree and level, does not make me an incompetent person, both personally and professionally. Is the world meant to be for extroverts only? I do thrive in my uniqueness and I don’t bother people with that. But to be questioned and placed in a “box” of what would be successful at work and in life by being extrovert or at least flexible is really vexatious!

 


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There is a reason why I do not apply for managerial and marketing roles because I don’t want to straighten ruffled feathers nor want to force people to buy things or acquire services I am offering. I work best in research, strategic planning, working behind the scenes, creative work and any job that will not involve shepherding my flock. And you don’t have to point out to me that even those jobs need to deal with people. I know that.  Even introverts deal with different types of people because we can do that as well. So, do not limit my capacity for being introvert to not becoming successful because I can.

An introvert person can also be flexible when the needs arise. And as an introvert, I can vouch for that. I always rise up to the challenge and when a situation calls for me to go outside my comfort zone, I do so even if it means I have to trample on what’s realistic for me. I can play the part of an extrovert person just like an extrovert lives his life. But can an extrovert enjoy the simple happiness an introvert person feels? You answer that.

Next time you take a swipe on introvert people, you have to understand how heightened our senses are and we get stimulated quite fast just by being with other people, hearing loud music, walking on unchartered territories, or braving the unknown. So please, do not tell me that if I am not flexible then it won’t be good for management and success in life. It’s like telling me that dogs bark but don’t bite.

Introvert people are also flexible. We are not recluse. That is a different story. We just enjoy the simple things in life. We don’t like parties. We don’t like noise. We love to think by ourselves. We prefer to work at the background. We hate attention. We love reading books. We enjoy being with a small group. We prefer to sit at the back. We love to listen. We despise dealing with trivial stuff.  And we also have activities that we enjoy to do just like extrovert people do. That’s how we roll…

 

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(Photo not mine)

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April 11, 2016
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40 Days

I miss my mum. I miss her terribly. It has been 40 days since she passed away. She still hasn’t visited me in my dreams. Although, there are times when she makes her presence felt and known through the scent of the flowers she had during her funeral wake, those are the moments I feel she’s close by.

I scheduled a mass for mum today. I also cooked pansit. It is part of our customs and traditions to offer mass and cook something for our dearly departed. My mum loved pansit, so I made an effort to cook her one of her favourites.

I think of mum (and Millie) every day, and every moment. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that they are both gone. There’s still a tiny voice in my head that says mum is just on a long vacation, she’s just resting. I do know that that voice is so wrong. My mum is gone. She’s not coming back.

I know, I don’t have to say what I have in my heart and mind. My mum surely knows them already. I know she knows how much we all love and miss her.

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April 1, 2016
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