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Connectivity helping Aussies give this festive season

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Looking for a meaningful gift to give this festive season? Why not take a leaf out of our employees’ books with these feel-good pressies just a few clicks away…

At nbn, we’re committed to making the nation a better place through our work in helping to lift the digital capability of Australia, making a positive difference in our communities, and caring for our environment.

As part of this, our employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise to activities that foster digital and social inclusion through our nbn™ Giving program.

We also encourage our people to give back by donating and raising funds to help others less fortunate. Through the nbn™ Giving program – which is internal – nbn employees can make single or regular donations to charities of their choice.

With more than 1,000 respected Australian charities listed, employees can quickly find the organisations and causes that most resonate with their values and interests.

“Employee research told us our people wanted choice when it comes to donating to a charity,” says Sally Kincaid, Chief People and Culture Officer at nbn.

“That’s why we worked with GoodCompany to develop our portal to make it easy for our people to volunteer and donate to the charity of their choice. Together we can make a big difference.”

This list of suggested gift ideas can be supported by anyone keen to back worthy causes this season while warming the heart of friends and family. While there are many other worthy causes, this list is inspired by some of the charities that nbn employees regularly support. 

Online shop ‘til you drop: Australian Red Cross

Want to give something lovely while making a difference to others? Head to the Australian Red Cross Shop for its online Festive 2021 gift catalogue.

Choose from their range, sorted by categories, including gifts for pampering, for foodies and for eco warriors.

From soaps to snacks, candles to hand creams and reusable coffee cups, you can find the perfect gift while supporting the century-old organisation.

About the Australian Red Cross

Since 1914, the Australian Red Cross has been providing relief in times of crisis and care when it’s needed most.

A (gift) guiding light: Breast Cancer Network Australia

Think pink and support the work of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).

The BCNA Christmas Gift Catalogue 2021 is full of ideas for pressies, all of which contribute a portion of the purchase price or profits to BCNA. From Christmas baubles and cards, to flower arrangements and sportswear, you can even gift a loved one entry to Carman’s Fun Run 2022.

Plus, there’s handy stocking stuffers available (tutus, scrunchies, pink face masks…) 

About Breast Cancer Network Australia

Australia’s leading breast cancer consumer organisation, BCNA works tirelessly to ensure all Australians who are affected by breast cancer receive the very best care, treatment and support.

Shout a merry Christmas meal: Foodbank

Why not choose a gift to help those doing it tough to enjoy a merry meal?

Head online to Foodbank and choose from a range of thoughtful options in your state. For every dollar donated, two meals are created, imagine what $50 could do – it can give a family “all the food they need throughout the festive season”. 

About Foodbank

Foodbank works with 2,950 frontline charities and 2,890 school breakfast programs to get more than 88 million meals out to those who could use a hand every year.

Make cuddly friends: The Kids’ Cancer Project

Delight the young ones in your life while supporting the work of The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Choose from their range of plush toys, including Deedee Dinosaur, Ollie Puppy, and a whole family of bears, like Christmas Bear.

You can even choose to donate one directly to the hospital of your choice to help cheer up a young patient. 

About The Kids’ Cancer Project

Since 1993, The Kids’ Cancer Project has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific studies to help children with many types of cancer.

A positive difference: Carbon Positive Australia

Send an e-card with meaning when you donate 10 planted trees in a loved one’s name with Carbon Positive Australia.

Or how about sending a Carbon Offset donation?

Choose your favourite e-card – like a beach snowman or a kangaroo hopping along the sand – and donation amount to spread the festive cheer. 

About Carbon Positive Australia

For 20 years, Carbon Positive Australia has been restoring degraded lands through ecologically sensitive planting.

Care for young carers: Little Dreamers

Show young carers you care by popping into the Little Dreamers online shop.

Choose from limited edition t-shirts through to the cheerful 2022 Calendar featuring original artworks by 13 Young Carers, created through Little Dreamers’ lockdown Art Club initiative. 

About Little Dreamers

Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation, Little Dreamers supports young people who provide unpaid care for a family member with a disability, illness or addiction.

Be a fur baby’s guardian angel: RSPCA

As the saying goes, a pet is for life, not for Christmas.

You can help support the thousands of unwanted and neglected animals that sadly make their way to RSCPA shelters each festive season by becoming a Guardian Angel.

Treat yourself or a friend to this heart-warming present and receive the details of one of the many animals your donation is helping to protect. 

About the RSPCA

An independent, community-based charity, the RSPCA provides animal care and protection services across Australia.

More inspiration

Looking for more inspiration on how you can help others? Think about the issues and causes close to your heart and get Googling.

Happy giving!

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