Category: People doing good

Aiming High: Equal Playing Field (Fernwood)

Laura Youngson is not the type of person to sit back and seethe. Annoyed that a women’s soccer team didn’t receive funding while the men’s team did, Laura established the Equal Playing Field initiative to promote women in sport. “That’s where the idea came from, to do something so outrageous and so ridiculously difficult that people would think, ‘you did that? that’s crazy!’,” she says. And as far as challenges go, playing soccer at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is up there.

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BeeKeeper Parade (Peppermint)

Koky Saly keeps his promises. Searching for a way to fund his charity BabyTree Projects, Koky cottoned on to using discarded fabrics to make backpacks. The sales from BeeKeeper Parade bags go towards educating children in his native Cambodia – a cause his sister Sophia was passionate about. Before passing away from cervical cancer, Sophia asked Koky to continue to inspire change in the world; five years later, he’s continuing that mission and enjoying newfound fame thanks to a recent Humans In Melbourne post.

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Rescue Remedy – Animal Foster Carers (Sunday Life)

Australia’s animal shelters are brimming, with hundreds of thousands of companion animals euthanised every year. Rescue groups are inundated, relying on volunteer foster carers to open their homes and hearts to animals in need. 

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Guttural Yelling From A Hilltop Pagoda: Setting Up An NGO In A Developing Country (The Vocal)

Beware the dangers of hiking. “I blame the fresh countryside air for the start of this whole DevelopEd adventure,” jokes Chris Nguyen. On a hike with her partner Dennis Worrall and friend Mark Brown, the trio discussed the possibility of volunteering overseas. “That then quickly morphed into what our dream education-focused NGO would look like,” Chris recalls. 

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