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Charity Donation 2024 - Make Your Voice Count

Introducing four charities that are close to our heart. Your vote will help us decide which charity to donate to this year! Hurry, voting closes on 31 July 2024.



Giving back to the world "what I can, when I can" is a philosophy that guides my life. This year I'm asking for your input in choosing a charity to donate to. I also hope that this inspires you to do something positive to support the charities that matter to you!


I'm personally so grateful to these four charities and the countless volunteers that work so hard behind the scenes. I acknowledge that there are many, many other charities working just as hard to make a positive difference in the world, but if we can support what's near and dear to us, between us we'll have them all covered.


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  • 0%Autism New Zealand

  • 0%Riding for the Disabled

  • 0%Lifeline

  • 0%NZ Chihuahua Rescue Trust


Lifeline

My personal story with these charities begins with Lifeline. A charity that provides telephone and text counselling to people of all ages who are in distress or crisis, they can even support those who are worried about someone else's wellbeing.


I wish I'd known about Lifeline when I was a young teen struggling with overwhelming depression. I needed more support than my friends or family could offer, and I struggled alone because I didn't know I could call and talk to a trained counsellor at Lifeline. Being older and wiser I'm very grateful that this charity exists, and I hope this blog brings awareness to the valuable service that Lifeline provides.


Autism New Zealand

Autism New Zealand is a charity that provides support, education and advocacy to the autistic community and their support networks.


In 2023 our 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with autism - her brain is simply wired differently and it affects the way she experiences the world and how she interacts with others. Autism is recognised as an invisible disability because it may not be immediately obvious that someone is autistic and experiencing challenges. The Maori term for autism - Takiwatanga (meaning "their own time and space") is something we strongly relate to.


Having an autistic daughter has blessed our family with a whole new view of the world and empowered our daughter with a newfound sense of self-understanding and self-acceptance. But it's not always rainbows and sunshine, as a family we still face many challenges every day. We support Autism New Zealand so they can continue to empower the autistic community.


Riding for the Disabled

Another charity close to our heart is Riding for the Disabled. They provide interaction with horses to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people experiencing disability, or who have specific challenges or needs. There are many wonderful volunteers and gentle-natured horses that give their time and energy to make this happen.


Our autistic daughter loves her time with the horses and their calming energy. It's a place she feels accepted for who she is, and feels good about herself. While riding, she also gets to practice skills that she finds difficult like planning ahead, visualisation, communication, balance and co-ordination. We see the array of benefits she gets from these sessions and it's our wish that many others who need it can experience this too.


NZ Chihuahua Rescue Trust

NZ Chihuahua Rescue Trust is a charity that warms my heart because they're dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing Chihuahuas throughout New Zealand.


My love of Chihuahuas goes right back to childhood, where our little Chihuahua puppy with all his sweetness completely dispelled my fear of dogs. Then as an adult my Chihuahua fur babies taught me the value of unconditional love with a love that blew my heart wide open. Not only did they expand my capacity for compassion, they unexpectedly awakened my life purpose (read that story here). To show my everlasting gratitude, I support this charity and I hope you will too.


Doing What you Can, When you Can

While there are countless charities worthy of support, the mahi of the above charities are particularly meaningful to my life, and perhaps they mean something special to you too. If you feel inspired to volunteer your time or make your own donation to any of these charities, you can learn more about each charity here.


If there's another charity that speaks to your heart, I hope you'll show your appreciation for all their hard work and consider what you can do to help them out.


Thanks for placing your vote and making your voice count, the charity with the most votes will be announced here on 1 August!


With love and gratitude,

Charisse

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