Health & Beauty

50 Ways To Give Back In Sydney

By Jessica Best
13th Jun 2017

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Sydney, it’s time to give back a little. We get it, life is kind of (read: absolutely) chaotic at times. Even though your heart is saying “save the planet”, we know your schedule says otherwise.

If you've been meaning to get around to doing a few random acts of kindness, or wanted to buy gifts for a good cause, this one’s for you. The best part? You'll barely even notice you’re doing them.

Channel your inner good Samaritan, here are 50 ways to give back in Sydney.

  1. Fact: you can never have too much jewellery, especially when it comes from Senhoa Foundation who aims to raise awareness against modern slavery.
  2. Stand up for someone on the bus or train.
  3. Tip like a boss. At least once.
  4. If you’re thinking about adding a furry friend, why not adopt from the RSPCA.
  5. Make your next workplace bonding experience at Ozharvest.
  6. When birthdays, anniversaries or any celebrations come around, buy goods from Oxfam.
  7. Rekindle an old friendship
  8. Offer to carry someone’s groceries to the car.
  9. Sydney weather is #unpredictable so the next time a spontaneous downpour occurs, offer to share your umbrella.
  10. Talk to your Uber driver, they’re all so damn interesting.
  11. Put down the phone with friends and family.
  12. Exercise good ol’ fashioned manners (we’re talking “please” and “thank you” all the time).
  13. Buy a lotto ticket and give it to a stranger.
  14. Donate to Who Gives A Crap and get your toilet paper delivered straight to your door. 50% of the proceeds go towards building toilets for those in need. The other 50% are invested straight back into the business so they can raise even more moolah!
  15. If you’re a book lover, volunteer some of your time to help out at your local library.
  16. While you're at it, sign up to Gift Box who will donate a box of tampons to a woman in need for every box you purchase. That's an easy way to feel good. Period.
  17. Volunteer to be a part of Vinnie’s Sydney Night Patrol.
  18. Donate blood—one donation can save three lives, plus you'll get some tasty treats at the end.
  19. Know any newbies to parenthood? Offer to babysit; they’ll appreciate some personal time more than you know.
  20. Set up a clothing stall at a local market and donate all the proceeds to a charity of your choice.
  21. Actually buy movies instead of streaming them. I know #shock.
  22. Gather your squad and give Relay For Life a go.
  23. Eat for a cause and hit up Zambrero, a little restaurant supporting humanitarian projects around the world.
  24. Be more aware of your power usage and switch off lights, power points and appliances.
  25. Treat your Mum to one of these staycations. After all, when she’s not reminding you that she brought you into this world, she really is a legend.
  26. Bring your own bags to carry the groceries next time you’re out doing the food shopping.
  27. Commit to a funrun. The MS Walk + Run is a good place to start.
  28. Do your S/O a favour and cook them breakfast. They’ll love you for it.
  29. Donate items and clothing to the annual Winter Appeal for those who are homeless or living in shelters.
  30. Have any older neighbours? Invite them over for dinner!
  31. Offer to do all the chores for your housemates for a week. Remember, you’re doing this for the good karma.
  32. If you’re looking for some funky bits and pieces, look into Society6, an online hub home to hundreds of thousands of artists around the world who upload and sell their work, and every purchase goes directly to them.
  33. Sign up to March Movement.
  34. Do you have old ipods, laptops or mobiles lying around? Recycle them at the next E-Waste drop off.
  35. Start your own veggie patch!
  36. If you have a set of wheels that you barely use anymore, donate your bike to Bicycles of Change who passes them onto communities who need greater mobility.
  37. Leave positive post-it notes around your work or uni.
  38. And then go up to your boss or lecturer and tell them how awesome they are.
  39. Book yourself a major night out for a good cause at Luna Park. The Coffee4Kids Foundation, founded by a group of NSW Rural Fire Service Members, is holding a Charity Ball to raise funds for the Child Protection Unit at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, who treat children and babies who have been victims of abuse.
  40. Do a CPR course.
  41. Order up a serious delicious lunch jar for all your co-workers from Two Good and you’ll not only score an epic feed but you’ll provide the same meal to domestic violence refuges and people sleeping rough.
  42. Hold a door open for a stranger.
  43. Next time it’s that time of the month, purchase your feminine hygiene goods from Gift Box, a social enterprise that provides homeless women with free sanitary products from your purchases.
  44. Get your daily intake of fruit and veges from Harvest Hub, all the produce is grown or manufactured in Sydney so you’re supporting local farmers by purchasing their produce at a fair and sustainable price.
  45. Offer to help out one of your friends who have a tonne of errands to do in a day.
  46. Next time you order up a coffee, bring in your own coffee cup.
  47. Help regenerate bushland and assist in protecting native flora and fauna by volunteering at Bushland.
  48. Shop at Gideon Shoes, ethically made sneakers where all the profits go towards The Street University, a retreat for marginalised kids in Western Sydney.
  49. Get proactive and join a protest for a cause you’re passionate about.
  50. Make an actual effort to cross all these good deeds off your list!

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