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Published October 7th 2012
A little thought goes a long way
Uplift delivers bras to Third World Countries.
Bras and Swimwear Many of us are familiar with the concept of donating unwanted clothing to those in need, and are quick to pass on that pair of ill-fitting jeans or an outgrown shirt. This is great, but smaller, less talked about items - like bras - tend to be forgotten, and as such, are greatly in demand.
Australian organisation Uplift Bras, headquartered in Victoria, is a team of passionate individuals who strive to provide women in third world countries greater dignity through the provision of new and recycled bras and swimwear. The items are shipped to a number of countries including the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, The Phillipines and Cambodia.
Bras of all sizes and in good condition are needed.
Uplift has strong support from the corporate world, with household names like Intimo, Bendon and Bras 'n' Things getting involved. Donating to this worthy cause is simple, and can be done through a number of metropolitan drop off points throughout Australia and New Zealand. They can also be posted or shipped directly to third world communities in need.
Are guilty of stashing your old runners under the bed or in the wardrobe, long after buying a new pair? Well, it's time to come clean and pass them on. Established in 2009, Sydney based organisation Shoes for Planet Earth (a.k.a. Shooz) works closely with a number of local and international communities to deliver pre-loved sporting footwear to needy adults and children in Australia, Asia and Africa.
Drop off points are available throughout most of the eastern states in Australia, thanks to the support of a growing network of companies big and small - from suburban podiatrists and shoe retailers to national gym franchises.
Given the enormity of the task of providing shoes for everyone in need globally, it is a relief that there are other Australian shoe recycling programs underway, including The Butterfly Movement and Fair Game.
Bicycles The Bicycle Recycling website provides a host of information for anyone who is looking to donate an old bike or bike parts, almost anywhere in Australia. The humble bike can be recycled for a variety of uses, aside from the obvious, so even if you think that yours is past its prime, you can be sure that at least part of it will be find a new lease on life. Refurbished bikes and wheelchairs in particular, often find new homes in disadvantaged communities locally and in third world countries.
Help disadvantaged youth in rural WA.
Musical Instruments Flying largely under the radar yet making a real difference to rural life,Grow the Music is a Western Australian non-profit company that provides pre-loved musical instruments to disadvantaged youth in the remote communities of the East Kimberley.
Whilst they do not have a comprehensive donation system across Australia (yet), collection points have been established in Melbourne and Canberra.
Firefighters learn how to access a crashed vehicle.
Old Cars It may seem like a no-brainer that if your old car is a little worse for wear, the best environmental solution is to sell it for scrap. However, whilst it is true that the majority of car parts can be recycled in this way, there is a new and more community focused way to dispose of it.
Following the convention that hands-on experience is essential to learning, rookie firefighters are currently undertaking intensive crash rescue training using donated vehicles, a process that helps them to understand how best to dismantle a car in order to access occupants.