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This Year’s Australian Open Had A Charitable Element Thanks To ANZ

This Year’s Australian Open Had A Charitable Element Thanks To ANZ

Last month’s Australian Open was yet again another fantastic spectacle of tennis which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. It was fabulous to see the aging Roger Federer continue his renaissance by winning yet another Grand Slam and breaking more records in the process. Whilst most people were gripped by what was happening on the courts of Melbourne Park few people know that ANZ bank committed to donating $10 to charity for every ace that was hit over the course of the tournament.

Caritas Australia To Kick Off This Year’s Project Compassion On February 14th  

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Caritas Australia passionately believes that young people are an important part of the solution to the many problems of their communities. As a result, Caritas organises Project Compassion every year which seeks to mobilise hundreds of thousands of students as well as Australians spanning all generations to take action to help Australia’s neighbours. On Ash Wednesday which takes place on February 14th  2018 Caritas Australia will launch this year’s Project Compassion appeal which is one of the largest fundraising and awareness campaigns in Australia.

Australia Needs To Develop A Culture Of Giving

Australian Charities Would Befit Hugely If People Left Bequests

Australia likes to think of itself as a generous country, and in many measures for most ordinary Aussies, this is true. However, when the tax data of high net worth individuals was looked at, that is those people who have a taxable income exceeding $1 million, four in ten of those tax payers made zero tax deductions during the 2014-2015 financial year.

Australian Charities Appeal For Funds To Help Deal With Rohingya Crisis

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An international appeal to fund the Rohingya crisis has so far raised $278 million. Whilst that sounds a lot, the crisis is one of the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies and the amount raised is less than half of what is needed experts say. The United Nations and International aid agencies have requested $562 million in funding to deliver humanitarian aid to 1.2 million people living in Bangladeshi refugee camps.

Australians Are Donating Less To Charity

Australian Charities Would Befit Hugely If People Left Bequests

Despite Australia ranking as the sixth most generous country in the world, it would appear Aussies themselves are making far fewer donations to charity. According to a recent report, Australian charities are coming to depend more on membership fees and user-pays services to generate income. Donations have dropped by roughly $1 billion during 2016, falling from $11.2 billion to $10.5 billion according to the Australian Charities Report 2016.

Oxfam Australia Says Government Needs To Crack Down On Tax Avoidance

Tax Avoidance

Oxfam Australia says that in the wake of the publication of the Paradise Papers, the country should create a global blacklist of tax havens and crack down on people and companies that use them. The aid agency says the extremely wealthy are robbing the poorest people in the world of much needed tax revenues and this can be avoided if countries such as Australia take concrete steps towards tax reform.

Australian Charities Fight Back Against Government Proposals To Limit Advocacy

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Australian aid agencies and charities have combined forces to fight against proposed government regulation that will limit their ability to campaign for policy changes. The coalition passed a strongly worded motion during a conference that was meant to kick start their agitation against the proposal.  In the coming weeks legislation is expected to be introduced in parliament that would either limit or outright ban the use of foreign donations for advocacy in Australia.

Caritas Australia Participating In Joint Appeal For Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Rohingya Refugees

Caritas Australia says it is pleased that Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made the announcement that there would be a joint emergency appeal launched by Australia’s leading aid agencies to help with the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Eight of Australia’s largest aid agencies have come together to plea for urgent funding to finance aid to nearly a million people that have been forced to flee the violence taking place in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Australian Woman Proves That Ordinary People Can Make A Global Difference


Melody Towns lives by the adage that ordinary Australians can make a huge difference in the world. Six years ago, the mother from Sanford established a charity that sought to raise funds and awareness about human trafficking. Every year since then, the charity has managed to double its reach and significantly increase the money it raises. The charity which is called Be Her started off with a team of just ten people comprising friends of Mrs Towns. Now the charity has 300 volunteers spread throughout the country.

Caritas Australia Urges Government To Do More About Climate Change

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Eri from Kiribati aged 28 and father of three visited Australia recently to educate Australians about what is going on in his country. Following his visit to Australia, he attended the UN climate summit in Germany to make sure that he and his compatriots had their voices heard when it comes to determining the future of climate policy. Eri says the prospect of forced relocation as a result of climate change is very real and very grim.

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