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Charity is the practice of benevolent giving, usually in the form of monetary donation, or providing practical relief in the form of goods such as clothing, furnishing or food. Charity can also be in the form of volunteering, providing your own time, resources and services, although many volunteer services are not necessarily charities.

Within this section are listed charities that require your donation to assist in a variety of local and international issues and tragedies happening in Australia and around the world.

There are also links to other charitable appeals and organisations that need your assistance throughout the year from local wildlife issues, to outback services and organisations, like our very important Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Whilst some of the Australian charities have specific missions, with some targeting and providing services for local issues, other charities have a national infrastructure, with branches in each state and territory, or may even have overseas branches. There are also listed some international charities, that may also have an Australian office.

Most of the charities have an online presence and allow you to donate online, so check their website for full details.

Charity Relief Organisations - Appeals and Donations

Australia Specific Charities and Services
Following are some Australian specific charities that rely on your support to continue their services:
Charity Link
Charity Link is a collaborative charity organisation which provides the framework for more than one hundred West Australian charities to work together and as such, make the biggest difference possible to thousands of disadvantaged West Australians.

Established in 2001, Charity Link is a registered charity which acts as a central fundraising and coordinating body to provide material aid via our 110 'member' charities to West Australians experiencing financial hardship and/or crisis.

By working together and using a collaborative approach, Charity Link is able to minimise the cost of fundraising, reduce duplication and competition for funds and therefore ensure the optimal use of resources.
Fight Alzheimer's Save  Australia
With new cases of dementia increasing every week in Australia, the number of people under the age of 65 being diagnosed with dementia is also substantial. Dementia is fatal and, as yet, there is no cure. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65. However, people in their 30s, 40s and 50s can also have dementia. You can help by donating direct to Alzheimer's Australia.
Indigenous Kids Future Pty Ltd Conway's Kids Trust Fund
Indigenous Kids Future Pty Ltd as trustee for the Conway's Kids Fund is a not for profit organisation founded to provide educational opportunities for Cultural Aboriginal children from remote homelands in the Kings Canyon area of the Northern Territory, Australia.

The passion of the founders Ian and Lyn Conway has drawn to them an amazing array of people and skills to enable their dream to become a reality. While the depth of experience of the Board of Directors is indicative of these skills, many more talented volunteers have come together to support and assist the children in their collective quest for education and broader life experiences.

Through education, the cultural Aboriginal children are experiencing opportunities unavailable to them at home and beginning to dream for their futures.... hence the logo:

'A New Dreaming Through Education'

SIDS and Kids
The National SIDS Council of Australia, trading as SIDS and Kids (formerly SIDSaustralia), is a high-profile and well-respected not-for-profit organisation that boasts an enviable history of success. SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving babies? lives through the elimination of sudden and unexpected infant deaths, and supporting bereaved families. We deliver on our vision through world class education, research, evidenced based intervention and advocacy.
Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
• Web: (National)
The services provided by the RFDS to the people in rural and remote Australia are managed on a day-to-day basis by the RFDS operational Sections. These Sections coordinate the evacuations, plan and deliver the health care clinics and provide the remote consultations services. Each operational Section manages a number of bases within their geographical area, to view the location of these bases follow the link to Emergency Contacts, which cover the following areas:
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• Australian and International Charities, Foundations and Services
Following are some charities and foundations with both Australian and International branches:
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
• 12 McLaren St, NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2060 • Email
The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation was established in 2005 by a group of concerned individuals involved in Indigenous art and culture. It is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

The objectives of the Foundation are to promote, provide or carry out activities, facilities or projects for the benefit or welfare of Aboriginal communities in Australia and members of those communities in particular by reason of youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty or social or economic circumstances.
Australia for UNHCR
Australia for UNHCR was established by UNHCR in 2000 and raises funds to support the humanitarian programs of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR.
Australian Red Cross
• Ph: 1800 811 700 (call from anywhere within Australia to make a credit card donation)
Red Cross is always there for people in need, providing relief in times of crisis and care for the most vulnerable in Australia and around the world. In times of conflict or natural disaster our volunteers are committed to putting our humanitarian values to work, offering practical assistance and support at any time of the day or night - no questions asked. With more than 100 million volunteers worldwide and 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia we can reach people and places like nobody else.

The following links is to the Australian Red Cross 'Are you concerned about a missing relative?'
Baptist World Aid Australia
Baptist World Aid Australia was formed in 1959 to help manage funds and goods for distribution amongst refugees. Today, Baptist World Aid Australia supports SAO Child Sponsorship and community development projects in over twelve countries across Africa and Asia. We also contribute to relief in emergency situations around the world.

Baptist World Aid Australia is committed to the biblical principle of sharing blessings with people in need, which is why our slogan is share an opportunity today!
Care Australia
• Contact: see website for full list • Ph: 1800 020 046 (Donations within Australia)
CARE Australia is unique. We are the largest non-political non-religious overseas aid organisation in the country, providing humanitarian assistance across the globe. We reject discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, age and political or religious beliefs.

We are a member of the CARE International federation and work wherever there is a need and wherever we can assist.
Caritas Australia
Caritas Australia helps people help themselves - regardless of race, religion or political beliefs. Our work is founded on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST): Preferential option for the poor; Human dignity, Solidarity; Subsidiarity; Stewardhip of the earths resources.

Caritas Australia belongs to one of the largest international aid and development networks in the world - Caritas Internationalis ( ) - a network of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations working to build a better world, in over 200 countries and territories.

Caritas Australia also supports programs in Indigenous Australia, as Indigenous communities are amongst the most marginalised within our country.
The Fred Hollows Foundation (International) - The Fred Hollows Foundation (Australia)
Together, we are dedicated to overcoming avoidable blindness around the world.

The Fred Hollows Foundation is inspired by work of the late Professor Fred Hollows, whose vision was for a world where no one was needlessly blind.

Working to continue Fred's vision, The Fred Hollows Foundation in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, have come together to form a global network to increase our collective impact in eradicating avoidable blindness around the world.
Mission Australia
Mission Australia is an empowering and compassionate community service organisation. We have been helping to transform the lives of Australians in need for almost 150 years.

Arising historically from various City Missions, including Sydney City Mission, our founding purpose is to meet human need and to give expression to the love of God. We believe in helping Australians in need get back on their feet. We are committed to eliminating disadvantage and creating a fairer Australia.
National Assembly
The National Council of the Uniting Church in Australia.
The Uniting Church in Australia was formed on June 22, 1977, as a union of three churches: the Congregational Union of Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia and the Presbyterian Church of Australia.

The Uniting Church's commitment to love of God and neighbour has sometimes drawn it into controversial situations. It has long taken a role in the political arena, encouraging moral, social and ethical integrity. The Uniting Church has been at the forefront of Aboriginal rights issues including the Native Title debate and reconciliation. It has taken a stand on environmental issues, and supports the equality and dignity of marginalised people such as ethnic minorities, disabled people and homosexual people.

It is a multicultural church, striving to treat people on an equal basis and seeking to give a voice to the poor, outcast and needy.
Oxfam Australia - Oxfam International
• Ph: 1800 088 110
Oxfam Australia is an Australian, independent, not-for-profit, secular, community-based aid and development organisation. Our vision is of a fair world in which people control their own lives, their basic rights are achieved and the environment is sustained.
Rotary in Australia - Rotary International
ROTARY is a worldwide organisation of more than 1.2 million business and professional men and women who are acknowledged leaders in their communities and who put the ideal of service into action. Rotarians are pledged to maintain high ethical standards in their vocations and to serve their own communities as they advance international understanding and peace.

ROTARY is an organisation of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Rotary Down Under -
ROTARNET is the Official website for Rotary Down Under. It links to information about Rotary, and Rotary Down Under, the Rotary Down Under magazine, the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund - a Rotary down Under project, Probus, The Australian Youth Exchange Program, the Rotary merchandise online catalogue. District websites and Club websites are found by post code, alphabetically and through the District index. Rotary Down Under offer hosting for Rotary clubs and District sites on the Rotary Down Under servers.

Rotarnet is linked to as many Rotary web sites as possible - including all District and Club web sites we know of. Many Rotary Down Under club and District web sites are hosted on Rotarnet.

Rotarnet aims to aid communication and provide information for Rotarians and their communities.
The Salvation Army (Australia) - The Salvation Army
The international mission statement of The Salvation Army is as follows:
'The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.'

The Australian branch of The Salvation Army, known locally as the 'salvos' provide many community services and fund raisers, including the well known the 'Red Shield Appeal'.
World Vision Australia
• Ph: 13 32 40 (from within Australia)
Originally founded in the USA in the 1950s, World Vision quickly expanded its operations with World Vision Australia beginning in 1966. From its original start it broadened its focus from not only helping the individual child and family but into community development - helping the poor, marginalised people and communities work with World Vision to improve their lives and take control of their future.

As a Christian organisation, World Vision is Australia's largest overseas aid and humanitarian organisation. As well as providing relief in emergency situations, we work on long-term development projects with local communities to address the causes of poverty and help them become self-sufficient.
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International Charities, Foundations and Services
United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind - to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.
Médecins Sans Frontières - InternationalMédecins Sans Frontières Australia
• Doctors without borders
Médecins Sans Frontières is the world's leading independent organisation for medical-humanitarian aid. Annually, more than 3,000 volunteer doctors, nurses and support staff work in trouble spots around the world helping those living on the edge of human tolerance.

Médecins Sans Frontières teams are currently in over 60 countries, working with more than 25,000 locally recruited national staff in conditions that are always challenging, sometimes dangerous.

Wherever our teams are working their goal is the same: to provide essential medical-humanitarian aid to those who need it most, regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

We provide relief after natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes. We help victims of conflict. We run emergency feeding programs during nutritional crises. We tackle neglected diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and Kala Azar; and we organise mass vaccination programs to prevent epidemics spreading. We are also involved in health projects that train local medical staff and put in place safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
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