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5 Ways to help outside your own backyard

I know we’re all busy and we think times are tough but we’re doing a lot better than most – we live in Australia. What if we lived in Syria where 10 million people are in need of humanitarian aid (yes that’s 10 million!)? We wouldn’t be so lucky then so why not give to the wider world. Every tiny bit helps. In Africa $5 can go such a long way to end the cycle of poverty and teach self-sustainability. A child dies of hunger at least every 10 minutes. Can you imagine if that were happening here, we’d be doing something about it. Human rights are being violated with the human trafficking of 2.4 million people. This is going on in Thailand and many other countries. More African Elephants are being killed for their ivory than are being born. This tragedy means we may not see elephants in 50 years as they could be extinct. Just imagine that. I hate the thought. One and a half acres of forest are lost every second. Okay, I’m sure you get the point. So what are my five ways to help outside your own backyard?

Ride the wave of life by committing to give back to our world.
Ride the wave of life by committing to give back to our world.

Here are my 5 Ways to help:

  1. Donate to the wonderful Umoja Orphanage Kenya to help build an orphanage, school and self-sustainable village for the people of  Ukunda, Kenya. Just $5 goes such a long way. Go to:
  2. Adopt a baby elephant. Sorry, you can’t actually bring your elephant home to Australia. You can however help feed and care for the elephant you choose and you can watch its progress with its wonderful carers at The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Go to:
  3. To stop human trafficking our Salvos have some useful information and places you can help. Go to:
  4. To help the millions of displaced people of Syria Oxfam has a crisis appeal. Go to:
  5. If the environment and extinction of animals species worries you now, without your help it will only get worse. To find out everything about our natural world and what you can do to help World Wildlife Fund is the site to visit. Go to:

And if you’d really like to donate closer to home.

To help Draga’s fight against stomach cancer you can find more information at Get On Board. 30th August there is a fundraising luncheon at Burleigh Sports Club, so if you live in the area get involved (or get on board). Limited seats available. Go to:


Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon, Kendwa's Secret and Elephant Creek, freelance writer, blogger, graphic designer, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life and other smaller publications. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of Australia and the current Administrative Assistant. Donna lives in Queensland and is addicted to beaches, reading, Peanut Butter, elephants, koalas, Sydney Roosters and Home & Away. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand with a book in her hand.

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