With so many fabulous Australian charities across the country, supporting those in need has never been easier.
There are hundreds of organisations that embody the Aussie values of community and generosity, but these three Australian charities stand out as they continue to make a difference.
Tour de Cure
Established in 2007, Tour de Cure seeks to raise money for cancer research through community bike tours across the country. It is focused on finding a cure for cancer, and supporting the 150,000 Aussies who are diagnosed every year.
As such, Tour de Cure organises transformative bike tours which encourage physical health while also bringing communities together. Since its founding, it has raised $108 million for cancer research through these events, and supported 801 cancer research projects.
For each successful tour, the charity also donates $10,000 to regional communities. It acknowledges that rural towns may not have access to the same resources and support when it comes to cancer treatment, and makes it a priority to help those suffering in regional areas with day-to-day expenses, respite care and more.
You don’t even need a bike to make a difference. Each tour also needs baristas, supporters, medical staff and supervisors. The charity encourages everyone to get involved in any way they can. It also provides resources to help individuals educate themselves on the impacts of cancer, and support families as they cope with grief.
In March 2024, Tour de Cure will undertake a Signature Tour from Hobart to Adelaide. With 110 riders and 31 crew members so far, it’s set to be one of the biggest and most exciting events yet.
Wanta Aboriginal Corporation
Wanta Aboriginal Corporation is dedicated to forging a brighter future for Indigenous youth in remote communities, and closing the educational gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Established in 2015 in Yuendumu, Central Australia, Wanta has spread its impact to eight communities in the Northern Territory, where its staff work with local children to develop educational outcomes and foster a love of learning.
The Wanta Academy program seeks to increase participation and attendance in school by offering sport, recreation and cultural activities to Indigenous students. It also provides vocational education opportunities to set them up for employment success in the future.
Every Wanta Academy follows six core pillars. These include promoting cultural engagement by working with community Elders and undertaking bush trips, incentivising students with reward trips, and creating employment opportunities for locals as well as employing at least 50 per cent Indigenous staff. By encouraging engagement with art, music, health and wellbeing, Wanta hopes that Indigenous children will thrive while developing key skills.
In addition to working with children, Wanta also runs three Remote Schools Attendance Strategies (RSAS). Funded by the government, RSAS connects local school staff with families, parents and communities to encourage higher school attendance from students. These programs are located in Yuendumu, Ntaria and Papunya.
Baby Give Back
Baby Give Back is a leading Queensland charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged and vulnerable families by providing clean, safe essentials for their newborn babies and children, including everything from nappies and wipes to cots and car seats. These pre-loved items are donated by community members, before being safety-checked and cleaned by a team of volunteers. Every item is packed with love and given a new life with a family in need.
Baby Give Back works closely with social workers in the community to identify families in crisis and provide them with practical, judgement-free support to meet their individual needs, while also helping them to
feel a sense of hope, social connection and dignity. Its primary focus is ensuring that every child has a safe and equal start in life, no matter their circumstance.
In less than seven years, Baby Give Back has helped almost 30,000 children and their families facing a broad range of challenges, including family breakdown, domestic violence, poverty and homelessness.
By re-homing pre-loved baby supplies, the charity encourages environmental awareness and practises a circular economy, aiming to minimise waste and keep products in circulation for as long as possible. Recently, it also launched its Reconciliation Action Plan, in the hopes of developing respectful relationships with Indigenous families and communities and advancing reconciliation efforts nation-wide.
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