Just in time for #australiaday #unexpectedgenius of @johnbostonbeer #gifted
Scored a carton of John Boston pale ale to review for Social Soup just in time for Australia Day! I’m told it went down really well on the hotter than expected day we had.
Have you heard about the AIME Mentoring project? AIME provides a dynamic educational Program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.
The Smith Family is one of my favourite Aussie charities – They provide mentoring, tutoring and school supplies for disadvantaged kids around the country, aiming to break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.
Educational outcomes for children in Australia often reflect their personal backgrounds and circumstances rather than their potential.
Many factors that influence how well a child will do at school are outside of their control. The socio-economic status (SES) of their family, the education level of their parents, where they live, the school they go to and their cultural identification are all powerful predictors of their educational outcomes.
Children in disadvantaged communities are often starting school already behind their peers. Once at school, the gap is not closing. NAPLAN results consistently show young people in low-SES communities do not perform as well as their high-SES peers across all years in reading and numeracy. The Year 12 completion rates for young people from low SES areas are only 58% compared to 77% for those living in high SES areas.
The Smith Family’s programs increase school readiness and provide support to disadvantaged primary and high school students to close the gap and create greater educational equality.
How daunting must it be to be the only kid in a class without a pencil case and stationery, let alone the other items on ever lengthening booklists, or the teacher sending homework home to kids who don’t have the basics at home?
Aside from donating directly, another innovative way of giving is by purchasing your own back-to-school or back to the office supplies from the Yoobi Australia range that is available through Officeworks nationally.
What Yoobi will do is then match any purchases by giving school supplies to kids and classes that need it. While they are Aussie guys who started Yoobi, they’ve been running the Buy on Give one project in the US for awhile.
So, the Flickr app that is supposed to auto upload for me isn’t doign that and isn’t even uploading on demand, and so I’m left trying to be bothered to plug my phone into the computer to get the photos off it from the past two weeks. Things like this that came from Instagram:
$110/bottle? No worries
oh yeah, because when i go wine tasting, I go hard. And then go home with a couple hundred dollars worth of leftovers. You know what? The 2014 Hunter Shiraz(es) are all amazing and you simply MUST try one. Or 5.
I’ve also been being a good girl and applying for jobs. Real jobs, like ones I might want. Like at Dan Murphy’s or as a speechie or disability support officer. You know, things I’ll actually put time into applying for.
I helped out at an event for Amnesty Newcastle. An art exhibit. Then we went for drinks and dinner at MoneyPenny at Honeysuckle, and these prawn rolls were delish and certainly hit the spot that hadn’t been filled by homous and rice crackers all night.
I had a disappointing experience with a food dehydrator :(
We know that Christmas is a time for giving and receiving, and a time to remember others less fortunate than ourselves. This Christmas we can support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as well as help our families reduce the amount of sugar that we all consume during the holiday season.
Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is Australia’s fastest growing chronic disease among children. That’s why JDRF are on a mission to keep people with T1D healthy and safe until they find a cure and universal prevention.
In return for your donation you will receive a fantastic Christmas sugar-free recipe eBook with a range of desserts, main courses, salads and nibbles. Sweetened with all natural, low calorie, sugar alternatives, developed by a national list of celebrated foodies, cooks and chefs.
Your recipe eBook will be sent out via email on 1st December 2014. Plus, all pre-ordered editions will receive 5 BONUS sugar-free recipes.
Well Naturally have offered you my loverly readers two chocolate bundles to win! Each pack contains three share blocks and two bars of Well Naturally‘s No Added Sugar chocolate.
Well Naturally is launching a new range of No Sugar Added Chocolate family share blocks in both dark and milk varieties (available in the health section of Woolworths and in independent supermarkets and health food stores). The 90g blocks are available in Dark Chocolate: in Mint Crisp, Rich Dark and Acai varieties; and Milk Chocolate: in Creamy Milk and Fruit & Nut varieties. Well Naturally is also integrating its popular AntiOx brand under the Well Naturally No Sugar Added umbrella.
For your chance to win, answer the question “What would you give up for a guilt-free chocolate treat?” in the comments section below, making sure to leave a valid email address so I can get that chocolate heading your way sooner rather than later!
Australian residents only, entries close Midnight Thursday December 4th. This is a game of skill and the most entertaining or interesting answers will win :)