The Bakers Wife (bottledjayme) wrote in thequestionclub,
The Bakers Wife

Is there any charities/organisations that are very close to your heart?
Mind sharing them?
Why are they important to you?

I am very passionate about:

* ACT for Kids - This is "Abused Children's Trust", their aim is to provide children with the foundations to heal and lead a normal life, after abuse. They also aim to identify "high risk" families, to provide assistance and counselling to try and prevent and stop abuse in its tracks.

I started supporting them when I was at hospital with my son - There was a poster of theirs on the wall that read "With more than 31,500 reported cases of child abuse each year in Australia alone - It's everybody's business". I looked up on their website and they broke it down, to 1 child every 17 minutes is suffering from abuse or neglect, whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual - Usually by a trusted friend or family member. I look at my babies and think - Every child should be looked at like that and every child deserves to feel safe.

* I also do my best raising awareness for a charity called "Joshua's Fight for Life Inc". - Pneumococcal septicemia - This charity was started by a girl I know, after her 6 month old son became ill and consequently died from the disease. The JFL team's aim is to raise awareness about this disease - The signs and symptoms and why it's better to overreact than to not react at all. They also offer support for people who have been effected by this disease. They do a lot of fund raising to make money to provide talks in different parts of Australia, brochures for hospitals and Drs surgeries and for merchandise; which includes the "Joshy Bear" which was inspired by Skye sending Joshua's favourite teddy away to be made into a housing for his ashes. People can use them just as a bear, or in the same way Skye did.

I love supporting these charities because I love the feeling of giving to someone who doesn't know me and can't give back. It makes me feel like I am helping to make a difference.

Edit: Sorry apparently I really suck at doing HTML stuff on Livejournal =/
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