It's all too easy to get wrapped up in the December madness and forget about those less fortunate. It's easy to forget to connect with those around you, your community, peers and co-workers. However the easiest person to forget about is yourself. All manner of self-care goes out the window and with that stress and a self-focused nature can take over. Sound familiar? This is a reality for a great many people every December.
Volunteerism and philanthropic acts are a great way of pulling yourself out of... well yourself, and reconnect with the community around you, as well as assisting you in feeling a sense of motivation and achievement. Imagine closing the year knowing you assisted and participated in a community fundraisers, or having something other than work to talk about at Christmas lunch with the in-laws. There is a myth that volunteerism and philanthropy are time-consuming and only for the super-rich. This is not the case. Below are three great fundraisers coming up in December that are accessible for all, and benefit a variety of organisations and funds, so you can choose the one that is closets to your heart.
Melbourne City Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a fun and incredibly moving overnight experience that is a major annual fundraiser for the Cancer Council. Funds raised help to aid in research, prevention and support services for those undergoing treatment for cancer. The relay is run from 4pm on Saturday until 10am on Sunday and the Melbourne Leg is being held at Flagstaff Gardens in West Melbourne. However there are relays all over Victoria that you can join, or you can create your own relay in your own home-town. The relay sees teams of 10 or more (if you do not have enough to make a team, you can join a pre-existing one) participate in a relay-style walk or run, challenging themselves to stay on the track overnight. Each relay is unique, many involve camping overnight, dress-ups and bold and bright characters and personalities. The Melbourne leg has a candlelight vigil at 8.30pm on Saturday to remind participants of why they are raising money. Anyone can participate, you need not be over 18, as long as you are committed to the night and to your fundraising efforts then you're welcome!
A great idea is to get your office-place involved and tie the event into your end of year celebrations or team-bonding exercises. The aim of Relay For Life is to get teams fundraising year-round. So you can host training sessions where participants donate a gold coin to join in. You can host cocktail parties and invite people to join your team on the relay night. Cancer Council suggests making something and selling it to raise funds. There are so many options that you can choose from to make this event fun, something to look forward to and to take the focus off the December madness.
The Clique Networking Lunch to Support The Hunger Project
Satisfy your hunger to make a difference. Join TheClique for a lunch to end hunger. This elegant fundraiser is being run to aid The Hunger Project, an organisation which works to empower people to assist in overcoming hunger and poverty. The Hunger Project runs aid programs in Africa, Bangladesh and India to assist those who go without food. Part of their aims is to empowering women as key change-agents for development.
Tickets to the lunch event includes a glass of bubbles or wine on arrival, a two course luncheon and of course, great company and networking. The keynote speaker will be Christine Khor, managing director of Chorus Executive, who will speak about changing the "I can't" mentality to "I can". This event and organisation are all about empowering individuals to make a change.
Tickets to the luncheon are $99 and the event will be held at Aria Bar in the Docklands on the Wednesday, 3 December 12noon to 3pm.
Positive Connect App Launch Party
If you're after a one-night only fundraiser that you can treat as a girls night out, or pre-Christmas catch up with mates, then this is for you. Hosted the newly removed entertainment complex, Village Melbourne at 557 St Kilda Road, the Positive Connect App Launch Party is not only launching this fabulous new mobile app, but also raising funds for The Reach Foundation, an organisation which helps youth to get the most out of life.
Expect a cocktail style function, with lots of energy, smiles and dancing. Canapés will be provided as will champagne on arrival. You will also have the chance to be the first to get your hands on the new Positive Connect App. This app is said to "take Inspirational apps to a whole new level", and act as an online platform to share your positive stories with the world, as well as be inspired. It's said to be very interactive however all features will be revealed on the night. You will also receive a free book just for attending, 'Imagine' by Jeffrey Slayter.
Tickets are $30 can only be purchased online through Eventbrite. The event is being held on Friday, 5 December 2014 from 7-11pm.