Connectivity helping Aussies give this festive season
At nbn, we’re committed to making the nation a better place through our work in helping to lift the digital capability of Australia, making a positive difference in our communities, and caring for our environment.
As part of this, our employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and expertise to activities that foster digital and social inclusion through our nbn™ Giving program.
We also encourage our people to give back by donating and raising funds to help others less fortunate. Through the nbn™ Giving program – which is internal – nbn employees can make single or regular donations to charities of their choice.
With more than 1,000 respected Australian charities listed, employees can quickly find the organisations and causes that most resonate with their values and interests.
“Employee research told us our people wanted choice when it comes to donating to a charity,” says Sally Kincaid, Chief People and Culture Officer at nbn.
“That’s why we worked with GoodCompany to develop our portal to make it easy for our people to volunteer and donate to the charity of their choice. Together we can make a big difference.”
This list of suggested gift ideas can be supported by anyone keen to back worthy causes this season while warming the heart of friends and family. While there are many other worthy causes, this list is inspired by some of the charities that nbn employees regularly support.
Online shop ‘til you drop: Australian Red Cross
Want to give something lovely while making a difference to others? Head to the Australian Red Cross Shop for its online Festive 2021 gift catalogue.
Choose from their range, sorted by categories, including gifts for pampering, for foodies and for eco warriors.
From soaps to snacks, candles to hand creams and reusable coffee cups, you can find the perfect gift while supporting the century-old organisation.
A (gift) guiding light: Breast Cancer Network Australia
Think pink and support the work of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).
The BCNA Christmas Gift Catalogue 2021 is full of ideas for pressies, all of which contribute a portion of the purchase price or profits to BCNA. From Christmas baubles and cards, to flower arrangements and sportswear, you can even gift a loved one entry to Carman’s Fun Run 2022.
Plus, there’s handy stocking stuffers available (tutus, scrunchies, pink face masks…)
Shout a merry Christmas meal: Foodbank
Why not choose a gift to help those doing it tough to enjoy a merry meal?
Head online to Foodbank and choose from a range of thoughtful options in your state. For every dollar donated, two meals are created, imagine what $50 could do – it can give a family “all the food they need throughout the festive season”.
Make cuddly friends: The Kids’ Cancer Project
Delight the young ones in your life while supporting the work of The Kids’ Cancer Project.
You can even choose to donate one directly to the hospital of your choice to help cheer up a young patient.
A positive difference: Carbon Positive Australia
Or how about sending a Carbon Offset donation?
Choose your favourite e-card – like a beach snowman or a kangaroo hopping along the sand – and donation amount to spread the festive cheer.
Care for young carers: Little Dreamers
Show young carers you care by popping into the Little Dreamers online shop.
Choose from limited edition t-shirts through to the cheerful 2022 Calendar featuring original artworks by 13 Young Carers, created through Little Dreamers’ lockdown Art Club initiative.
Be a fur baby’s guardian angel: RSPCA
As the saying goes, a pet is for life, not for Christmas.
You can help support the thousands of unwanted and neglected animals that sadly make their way to RSCPA shelters each festive season by becoming a Guardian Angel.
Treat yourself or a friend to this heart-warming present and receive the details of one of the many animals your donation is helping to protect.
Looking for more inspiration on how you can help others? Think about the issues and causes close to your heart and get Googling.