The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show us there are 105 237 people experiencing homelessness every night across Australia. It also shows us that 17 000 Australian Children under the age of 12 have no home and a further 10 900 young people aged 12 to 18 are experiencing homelessness. These statistics ring very true for my family as my mum was living on the streets when she was 15, the age I am now. This reminds me that these are not just statistics, there is a face and a story behind each number and if I had been raised in different circumstances it could have been me.
Helping people who are experiencing homelessness is something that has been important to me since I could talk. So i am so honoured to be participating in the CEO Sleep Out this year. I will be joining a group of incredible thought leaders and influencers in the fight to alleviate homelessness in Australia, and we need YOUR HELP! Every night, Vinnies provides crisis accomodation facilitates to thousands of Australians. A donation to my participation in the CEO Sleep Out helps fund Vinnies homeless services across Sydney! I have set a target of $5000 but I’m hoping our community can reach more so we can help change the lives of thousands of Australians.
And to top it off there are some benefits for you too! Other than being apart of an incredible movement and helping us change the lives of Australians experiencing homelessness each night there are 2 major benefits for supporting our fight to alleviate homelessness. The first is Tax Benefits. All donations above $2 are tax deductible. Secondly, for every $1000 raised we will be doing a spectacular giveaway to one of the amazing donors who have supported our cause up until that point!
This is a cause I am so passionate about and always have been, and I am so appreciative for all the support from everyone to date. Together we can see an impact being made in the world, and the change starts with YOU!
Good Vibes and Abundance
Today ( August 12th) is International Youth Day for 2016 with the theme being - Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainability. As the founder of my own charity and social enterprise initiatives today is a very important day.
International Youth Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the youth of today and their roles as ‘powerful agents of positive change’ in the world. As young people we have our whole lives ahead of us. We are the next generation of change makers and the earlier we start putting our energy towards doing good in the world and making an impact, the greater the impact we have will be. Many people when discussing Youth’s roles in society recognise us as the future, but what many forget is we are also the present. The platform social media provides us with allows us to connect with other parts of the world, be open-minded and speak about important issues. As a result of this we are becoming much more outspoken about our opinions and the changes we want to see in the world.
"Many people when discussing Youth’s roles in society recognise us as the future, but what many forget is we are also the present."
Today is also an important day for me as it gives me the opportunity to remember and embrace my time in India and the incredible young girls and boys of The Hope Foundation projects. One of the most incredible things to come out of that trip was meeting the kids and learning about their lives. After all the hardships many of them have faced through their life, not only do they remain happy and smiling but they have such dedication to their dreams and their purpose. In one of the girls homes particularly that we visited there was a group of beautiful girls who’s dream it was to become teachers and educate the next generation of young people. Another girl has plans of becoming a doctor and helping her community. This is very important to International Youth Day as it shows us that no matter where you are from, no matter your age, you are never to young or old to live your dream and do something good in the world.
The United Nations have numerous ways you can get involved in the celebrations of International Youth Day. I have listed a couple below that I found were the most accessible for everyone in the Moeloco community and were some of my personal favourites. To find the rest of them head to the UNESCO International Youth Day website.
Use Social Media: share your posts using the hashtags #UN4YOUTH and #YouthDay
Advocate: reach out to your local community to strengthen and improve the opportunities available for young people.
Be Active: Volunteer and get actively involved in programmes/events and activities supporting international Youth Day.
Before I leave you, in the spirit of International Youth Day I wanted to share with the Moeloco community some very exciting news! I have launched my very own product -The Freedom Scrub to support my social enterprise87 cents project -. I have been working on this project for a few months now and am super excited to share this with you. The products are coffee and sugar body scrubs that are purchased with a purpose. For every scrub purchased, in association with The Hope Foundation Hospital, 5 people living in the slums of Kolkata India will be given access to health care and live saving treatments. To find out more find us on Instagram @freedomscrub and Facebook - Freedom Scrub and also at: Instagram @87centsproject and 87 Cents Project on Facebook.
I hope you all find a great way to celebrate International Youth Day and make a difference in the community.
Good Vibes and Abundance