Doing Good Deeds Third Edition

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Editor's Note

“If you think you can make a small positive change in yourself then do it. It will first change the community around you, and then change the world.” ~Sri Sakthi Amma

Welcome to the third edition of our Doing Good Deeds magazine – our bumper Christmas Edition! We’re here to bring you heartwarming stories of people doing good in the world to inspire your goodness this Christmas and many ways for you to get involved and become a ‘do gooder’ too to make Christmas an extra special time.

In this Christmas edition, we’re exploring the magic of the festive season and helping you discover many ways for you to give the gift of ‘giving back’ this year. Through purposeful Christmas gifting we can all foster greater sustainability, a greener world, healthier happier fellow species and bring more joy to the world. We hope you enjoy these hand selected stories of generosity and be inspired to get involved in small acts of kindness so that you too can make a big difference.

Christmas is not just about decorations and presents; it’s about love, care, and everyone coming together to make the world better. In the spirit of the season, let’s recognise that giving is not just about material gifts but extends to the invaluable gifts of time, compassion, and understanding. 

Christmas is a time for reflection, a time to recognise the profound impact we can have on the world through our actions. By incorporating the principles of giving, serving, and forgiving into our lives, we not only contribute to a brighter future but also experience personal growth and fulfilment.

Our mission at Doing Good Deeds is simple. We want to educate and inspire you to become an active advocate for positive change, not just during the holidays but all year round. We believe that everyone can help make the world a kinder and better place, and we’re here to support you on that journey.

So, as you flick through the pages of our Christmas edition, we invite you to think about how you can be kinder and spread happiness through your own good deeds. We have included many ways for you to interact, get involved and play your part in making our world a better place. Together, we can achieve anything!

Thanks for being part of our community of good people doing good in the world who are out to make a difference.

Wishing you a joy filled, happy, peace-filled Christmas season,

With love and gratitude,

Anjani Amriit xox

P.S. Your support is invaluable. Help us spread the good word this holiday season by sharing this magazine with your networks. Thank you for being part of our mission!

Challenging Cruelty

Animals Australia Takes a Stand Against Cruel Practices

In a courageous move towards justice for animals, Animals Australia has initiated legal proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria to challenge the legality of suffocating pigs inside gas chambers, a practice considered one of the cruelest methods of killing pigs worldwide.

Earlier this year, the Farm Transparency Project’s media exposé uncovered the harrowing final moments of pigs destined for the meat industry. The disturbing footage revealed the intense pain, distress, and prolonged suffering these intelligent animals endure as they suffocate and slowly lose consciousness within cruel carbon dioxide gassing systems. The shocking images, featured in two ABC 7.30 reports, showcased the grim reality for pigs, irrespective of whether they were factory-farmed, free-range, or RSPCA Approved.

Caring Australians, witnessing terrified pigs thrashing in agony and gasping for air, were rightfully appalled, questioning the legality of such practices. After meticulous scrutiny and collaboration with legal experts, Animals Australia has built a case arguing that the current law cannot be met by slaughterhouses employing this cruel gassing method.

This legal action extends beyond Australia, becoming a globally significant test case that will thrust the issue of animal suffering into the spotlight. While changing laws is a formidable and prolonged process, this case is about upholding existing laws that we argue are incompatible with slaughterhouses using the inhumane gassing method. Australians and supporters worldwide are urged to stand with Animals Australia in this pivotal legal battle for the rights and welfare of pigs.

How You Can Help: Stand Against Cruelty

  1. Spread Awareness: Share this article and the Animals Australia initiative on your social platforms. Use your voice to amplify the call for justice.
  1. Support Animals Australia: Contribute to Animals Australia’s efforts by donating to their cause. Your support enables them to pursue legal actions and campaigns to end animal cruelty.
  1. Advocate for Change: Engage with your local government representatives, urging them to support legislative measures that safeguard the welfare of animals in the meat industry.

Join Animals Australia in their pursuit of justice and compassion for pigs, and together, let’s create a world where animals are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Tackling Plastic Pollution in Indonesia: The Sungai Watch Initiative

In the heart of Indonesia, a young and determined activist named Sam Benchegjib is leading a grassroots movement to combat the growing plastic pollution crisis. With a mission to protect Indonesia’s waterways and marine life, Benchegjib co-founded Sungai Watch, an environmental organisation committed to cleaning up the country’s rivers and preventing plastic waste from reaching the ocean. Indonesia, the second-largest contributor to the global ocean plastic problem, is facing an urgent need for environmental action.

The Issue

Indonesia’s coastal communities have been grappling with the improper disposal of plastic waste, resulting in significant pollution of their water bodies. A shocking 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds) of plastic waste per week can flow from a single village into the ocean. The absence of effective plastic waste management in these regions has prompted the Indonesian government to pledge £1 billion to reduce its marine plastic waste by 70% by 2025.

Sungai Watch’s Journey

Back in October 2020, Sam Benchegjib, along with his two siblings, decided to dive headfirst into the wild ride of creating Sungai Watch. Those early days weren’t a walk in the park. They faced many hurdles. From figuring out barrier technology to getting their hands on the right equipment, dealing with staffing headaches, and the not-so-easy task of making their project bigger.

Despite all those challenges, Sam didn’t give up. He kept going with resilience and determination. Fast forward to now, and Sungai Watch isn’t just surviving; it’s evolving. They’re taking on new challenges, tweaking things, and getting better each step of the way. Talk about turning setbacks into setups for success!

Making a Difference

Despite the challenges, Sungai Watch has achieved remarkable milestones in the fight against plastic pollution. Using innovative systems, they have successfully cleaned several of Indonesia’s most polluted rivers and revitalised damaged mangrove ecosystems. To date, they have collected over 1.2 million kilograms (over 2.6 million pounds) of plastic waste from river systems and water bodies.

“I grew up in Indonesia and saw that plastic pollution was getting worse and worse throughout the years,” Benchegjib shared. “I think that’s the beauty of being an entrepreneur and fighting an issue like plastic pollution, where new challenges and variables are always presented to you. This has been a true-life school for us.” ~  Sam Benchegjib


Sungai Watch’s efforts have led to some heartening success stories. Fish populations have returned to once heavily polluted waterways, and mangrove forests have been revived after the removal of layers of plastic that were suffocating mangrove trees. The organisation’s journey has also involved adapting and learning from their work, such as removing barriers in certain rivers after upstream education and community engagement successfully reduced plastic pollution.

A Growing Team of Changemakers

Since its inception, Sungai Watch has grown from a small team of three siblings to a dedicated workforce of 100 full-time staff, all united in their mission to clean up Indonesia’s rivers and protect its environment.

In a world where the battle against plastic pollution is ongoing, Sungai Watch serves as an inspiring example of grassroots activism and environmental stewardship. Sam and his team continue to make waves in their quest to preserve Indonesia’s natural beauty and pave the way for a cleaner, healthier future. Their journey is a testament to the power of determination and collective action, proving that even the most formidable challenges can be overcome when people come together to do good deeds.

Australia Takes a Bold Step: States Ban Single-Use Plastics

In an exciting move towards a cleaner and greener future, several Australian states are taking a stand against single-use plastics. Beginning in September, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia began rolling out comprehensive bans on various plastic items, from cotton buds to coffee cups, all aimed at reducing the environmental footprint of these pervasive pollutants. This monumental step reflects Australia’s growing commitment to environmental sustainability.

The Bans Unveiled

Queensland: The Sunshine State is taking a giant leap towards environmental conservation. Starting from September 1, Queensland has put a stop to the sale of single-use plastic cotton buds. Additionally, they are saying no to polystyrene packing peanuts and micro beads often found in personal care products. Queensland is also championing the cause by banning “lighter-than-air balloons” and reinforcing regulations on heavyweight plastic shopping bags. The state has introduced a Container Refund Scheme, motivating people to return eligible containers to designated refund points. This scheme has already made a significant impact, with billions of containers collected through various channels, reducing plastic and container litter.

South Australia: South Australia is joining the ranks with a comprehensive ban, which covers single-use plastic plates, bowls, and plastic pizza savers used to keep pizza boxes open. The state is also taking a strong stance against degradable plastics and expanded polystyrene cups and trays, commonly used for raw meat and seafood. South Australia’s ban is a powerful statement of its commitment to a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

Western Australia: Western Australia is making its move by starting with single-use plastic cotton buds. The state will further extend the ban to include produce bags, coffee cups, and disposable plastic cup lids. This expansion underscores Western Australia’s dedication to reducing plastic waste in multiple aspects of daily life.

Looking Towards the Future

The commitment of these Australian states to limit single-use plastics is a significant stride towards addressing the environmental challenges posed by plastic pollution. As of September next year, South Australia will continue its efforts by extending the ban to include even more items like plastic produce bags, thick plastic bags used in supermarkets or boutiques, polystyrene plates and containers, plastic confetti, balloon ties, bread tags, takeaway containers, and coffee cups.

Support from the Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

The move to ban single-use plastics has garnered support from the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), the nation’s largest retail body. A recent survey conducted by the ARA found that three-quarters of respondents are in favour of these plastic bans, even if they result in higher costs. ARA CEO Paul Zahra emphasised the retail industry’s commitment to implementing these changes and called for consumers and policymakers to collaborate in making these bans effective, efficient, and cost-effective.

Australia’s ban on single-use plastics in these states marks a significant stride toward a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future. It highlights the importance of collective efforts to reduce plastic waste and underscores the vital role each individual, business, and government plays in preserving our environment. By taking action against single-use plastics, Australia is contributing to global efforts to combat plastic pollution and protect the planet for future generations.

Join the Movement

It’s essential to acknowledge the vital role each one of us plays in preserving our environment. We invite you to join the movement against single-use plastics. Take action in your own life, reduce your plastic footprint, and advocate for more sustainable alternatives in your community. Together, we can make a significant impact in our collective effort to combat plastic pollution.

Here are five simple ways you can contribute to reducing single-use plastics in your daily life:

  1. Bring Your Own Reusable Bags: Opt for reusable bags when you go shopping to eliminate the need for single-use plastic bags.
  2. Embrace Stainless Steel or Non Plastic Straws: Say goodbye to plastic straws and choose reusable stainless steel or other alternatives. Carry your own straw for drinks on the go.
  3. Invest in a Reusable Water Bottle: Ditch disposable water bottles and invest in a reusable water bottle. It not only reduces plastic waste but also helps you stay hydrated.
  4. Choose Eco-Friendly Packaging: When shopping, prioritise products with eco-friendly packaging or those that use minimal plastic. Support brands committed to sustainability.
  5. Say No to Single-Use Cutlery: Carry your own reusable cutlery, such as bamboo or stainless steel, to avoid using disposable plastic utensils when eating out.

By incorporating these simple habits into your routine, you contribute to the larger mission of creating a cleaner and greener environment. Join the movement against single-use plastics and make a positive impact today!

Rescuing Greyhounds: A Beacon of Hope in the Fight Against Illegal Racing

In a shocking revelation, Australian greyhounds are being sold for enormous sums, up to $220,000 each, and sent to China. There, they are used for underground racing, exploiting loopholes in Australia’s rules. ABC Investigations uncovered a mysterious process where these dogs are acquired by Chinese buyers, creating a hidden and concerning industry.

Unveiling the Dark Trade

Australia’s greyhound industry is facing a serious ethical issue. ABC Investigations have found a hidden system where Australian greyhounds are bought by local agents and then sent to China. These dogs, some with impressive backgrounds, are in demand for illegal racing. Wealthy Chinese gamblers are reportedly betting millions on their races, even though gambling is illegal in China.

While sending greyhounds to China is not against the law, it does go against the rules set by racing authorities. State-based greyhound groups have banned the export of racing dogs to China because of concerns about poor treatment. Despite this, the practice continues, and a Senate inquiry is considering a federal government ban on all commercial greyhound exports.

Inside the Operation

In an interview with ABC Investigations, Wang Yungang, an agent in China’s Shangdong province, explained how this secret trade works. He revealed that wealthy Chinese buyers hire agents in both China and Australia to find and bring Australian greyhounds to China. These agents play a vital role, often in secret.

Mr. Wang revealed that these imported greyhounds are mainly used for illegal racing and betting, rather than as pets. Some rich Chinese people reportedly bet huge amounts on these races, sometimes millions of yuan each night.

Exploiting Rules and Facing Challenges

Exporting Australian greyhounds to countries with weaker animal welfare regulations, like China, happens by using legal loopholes in state greyhound rules and limited oversight by the federal government. One major loophole is sending greyhounds to other countries with supposedly good animal welfare standards before they end up in China.

To follow the rules, racing participants must get a “greyhound passport” from Greyhound Australasia, the national organisation. This passport is needed to export racing greyhounds to approved countries like the UK, Ireland, and the United States. Failing to get this passport can lead to legal action and being banned by state racing groups.

Taking Action

As this troubling practice continues, there is a growing need for stronger rules on greyhound exports to protect these animals. Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi has introduced a bill to ban greyhound exports for commercial reasons. This bill would require people to get permission from the Minister to export greyhounds, and they must prove that it’s not for business but for companionship.

Australia’s greyhound industry groups don’t all support this bill. They suggest a simpler solution, improving the existing passport system. This would involve state groups being told about export requests by the federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry (DAFF), improving control.

Animals Australia’s Role in Greyhound Rescue

As concerns grow about the welfare of greyhounds, organisations like Animals Australia have stepped up to help these dogs find loving homes. Animals Australia, in partnership with dedicated individuals, offers a guide to fostering or adopting greyhounds, ensuring these magnificent animals can enjoy a safe and happy life. By supporting the rescue and adoption of greyhounds, you can make a real difference and be a part of the solution to end the suffering they endure in the illegal racing industry.

While the greyhound trade continues to be challenging, the results of the Senate inquiry are not known yet. What is discovered and what is done will shape the future of greyhound exports from Australia, with the aim of protecting these animals and keeping high standards.

Now is the time for everyone to come together to make sure greyhounds are safe and to take a strong stand against illegal racing and unfair practices in the greyhound trade worldwide.

If you’re inspired by their efforts and want to make a difference, here are ways you can get involved:

  1. Adopt or Foster: Consider adopting or fostering a retired greyhound. Many organisations are actively looking for loving homes to provide these dogs with a second chance at life.
  1. Volunteer your Time: Reach out to local greyhound rescue groups and shelters to offer your time and skills. Volunteers play a crucial role in the care, rehabilitation, and rehoming of these animals.
  1. Donate to Support Rescues: Financial contributions are vital for funding medical treatments, food, and shelter for rescued greyhounds. You can make a direct impact by donating to reputable organisations dedicated to their welfare.
  1. Spread Awareness: Share information about the issues surrounding illegal greyhound racing and the positive work of rescue organisations. Use your social media platforms to raise awareness and encourage responsible pet ownership.
  1. Advocate for Stricter Legislation:Support campaigns for stricter legislation against illegal racing and inhumane treatment of greyhounds. By advocating for change, you contribute to creating a safer and more compassionate environment for these animals.

If you’re ready to take action, consider visiting the Animals Australia website for more information on how you can contribute to the welfare of greyhounds and other animals. Together, we can be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Empowering Lives

Canadians Sharing's 'Double The Donation!' Initiative in South India

In the heart of South India, Canadians Sharing stands as a beacon of hope, underscoring the profound importance of extending a helping hand to indigenous communities. Their transformative initiative, “Double The Donation!” is a vital element of the Indigenous Welfare Project, promising a lasting impact on those facing numerous challenges in their day-to-day lives. 

Creating Change

Since its establishment in 2013, Canadians Sharing Locally and Globally Charity has been actively engaged in supporting underserved populations, providing crucial aid such as medicines, medical equipment, nutrition, educational scholarships, and disaster relief initiatives across India and worldwide. Recognising the profound hardships faced by indigenous communities, Canadians Sharing is dedicated to fostering meaningful change. 

In response to these challenges, they have initiated the “Double The Donation!” program, designed to address the specific needs of indigenous populations. Canadians Sharing is on a mission to create positive transformations within these communities, and until December 2024, they are intensifying the impact of every donation, with the goal of reaching a substantial £10,000.

Join the Movement

Canadians Sharing invites you to become an integral part of the “Double The Donation!” initiative. Contribute to fostering positive change for indigenous communities in India. Together, let’s empower lives and build a brighter future.

Edo Kahn: Orchestrating Change Through ‘A Sound of Life’

Meet Edo Kahn, the inspired founder of A Sound Life (ASL), a groundbreaking charity that is orchestrating positive change across Australia. In an exclusive interview, Edo shared insights into the transformative journey of ASL, a pioneering initiative delivering free music, yoga, and meditation programs to nurture well-being and transform lives. 

His journey, rooted in volunteering at disability centres, contributing to Musicians On Call in NYC, and sharing uplifting experiences with children in Indian and Balinese orphanages, sowed the seeds of ASL. This visionary initiative reflects Edo’s belief that everyone, irrespective of circumstances, deserves access to tools fostering well-being, resilience, and self-empowerment.

Resilience in Adversity

In the face of challenges, Edo and ASL have adapted to unforeseen circumstances, particularly during the pandemic. The necessity for virtual programs via Zoom to patients became an unexpected avenue for expansion, reaching new locations and engaging more volunteers. Although in-person interactions are preferred, the dual approach of virtual and in-person programs continues, ensuring a broader impact.

Heartwarming Echoe

With thousands of sessions delivered, ASL has garnered numerous heartwarming stories. Participants and their families frequently share how ASL programs have brought smiles, hope, connection, and taught valuable skills. These moments reaffirm the profound impact that music, yoga, and meditation can have on individuals facing challenges.

Future Harmonies

Looking to the future, Edo envisions the expansion of ASL nationally. Currently operating in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria, the aspiration is to spread the harmonious impact across the entire country. The desire to relaunch the ASL dome underscores the commitment to making well-being universally accessible.

Well-being as a Universal Right

Edo knows the importance of well-being and mindfulness, not only for individuals but also for the collective impact of ASL. As stress and mental health issues continue to affect many, prioritising health and mindfulness becomes paramount. For Edo, the joy of giving and the boundless impact on others’ lives are the driving forces behind ASL’s mission.

Supporting the Symphony

A Sound Life welcomes support from anyone who resonates with their mission. Edo invites you to join the symphony of positive change and contribute to making well-being a universal right.

In the hands of Edo Kahn and A Sound Life, every note becomes a catalyst for positive transformation and a testament to the belief that well-being knows no boundaries.

How You Can Get Involved

Lashes of Change: A Beauty Game Changer Bringing Hope and Clean Beauty to the Forefront

In the ever-evolving world of beauty, one Australian brand is redefining the game and winning accolades for its commitment to clean, ethical, and sustainable practices. Meet Lashes of Change, the trailblazers behind Australia’s only bespoke, eco-friendly, and refillable mascara with up to 5 interchangeable brushes to choose from. Their innovative approach recently earned them a slew of awards at the prestigious She-Com event, a testament to their dedication to making a real impact on the beauty industry.

Awards for a Beauty Game Changer

Lashes of Change recently took the beauty world by storm at the She-Com awards, winning multiple accolades for their exceptional commitment to clean, ethical, and sustainable beauty. Their success at the event reflects their passion for pushing boundaries and setting new standards within the industry.

Commitment to Clean Beauty

Lashes of Change’s commitment to clean beauty is a cornerstone of their philosophy. Their mascara is formulated with all clean, green, and gluten-free ingredients, ensuring that their products are free from harmful toxins that can cause irritations. With a focus on high-quality clean beauty ingredients, they are dedicated to providing consumers with a makeup option that not only enhances their beauty but also cares for their well-being.

Ethical Values

At Lashes of Change, they wear their ethics on their sleeves. Their formula is vegan and cruelty-free, aligning with their love for animals and the environment. Nourished with Argan Oil, their mascara is designed and dispensed by Italian formulators with extensive experience and an unwavering commitment to animal-friendly products. Lashes of Change also pays fair and reasonable wages to their team members and third-party suppliers, supporting equality and eliminating the gender pay gap.

Sustainability at Its Core

Sustainability is a way of life at Lashes of Change. They are dedicated to sustainable manufacturing and packaging practices. One of their groundbreaking innovations includes interchangeable brushes and refillable cartridges, designed to reduce landfill. They use sustainable materials such as aluminium, PCR recycled plastics, tissue paper, and compostable mailers that can either be reused or recycled.

Lashes of Change is on a mission to divert over 1,000,000 mascaras from landfill, and they produce small quantities to minimise potential land waste. They even use solar panels to supply green electricity to their head office, further reducing their carbon footprint.

Join the Beauty Revolution

Lashes of Change is not just a beauty brand; it’s a movement. A movement towards cleaner, more ethical, and sustainable beauty. You can be a part of this revolution by supporting Lashes of Change and their commitment to making the beauty world a better place.

Take Action Now!

  1. Try Their Products: Explore Lashes of Change’s range of eco-friendly, refillable mascara and interchangeable brushes. By choosing their products, you’re supporting clean, ethical beauty.
  2. Spread the Word: Share their story and values with your friends and family. The more people who know about Lashes of Change, the more impact they can make.
  3. Support Sustainability: Embrace sustainability in your beauty routine. Look for products with refillable options, and choose brands that align with your values.

By supporting Lashes of Change and their mission to change the beauty industry, you’re not only enhancing your beauty but also contributing to a brighter, cleaner, and more ethical future for beauty enthusiasts worldwide. Together, we can make a significant impact and create a more sustainable and ethical beauty industry.

Rugs for Good: Unfurling Hope, One Rug at a Time

In a world that sometimes seems woven with threads of indifference, there shines a beacon of hope – Rugs for Good. This is no ordinary enterprise; it’s a tapestry of transformation, a story of how a simple rug can unravel the cycle of poverty and change lives.

Mission with a Heart

At Rugs for Good, they carry a profound mission in their hearts – to shatter the chains of poverty through the gift of education for India’s children. In a society where opportunities are unevenly distributed, they believe in stitching the fabric of equality, one rug at a time.

Threads of Compassion

What sets Rugs for Good apart is their unwavering commitment to their vision. They’re convinced that businesses can be a force for good, not just for profit. They’ve chosen to dedicate their enterprise to the cause of education and empowerment.

A Partnership That Matters

Rugs for Good is the proud supporter of the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to uplifting children from India’s most disadvantaged backgrounds. Together, they’re weaving dreams of education, leadership, and compassion.

Profit with a Purpose

What’s truly remarkable is that Rugs for Good has pledged that 100% of their profits will go towards supporting the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project. Every rug they sell is a step closer to changing lives and making dreams come true.

Building Bridges to the Future

But Rugs for Good doesn’t stop there. Their ambition reaches even further – they aspire to raise the funds needed to build a second school. It’s a bold dream that reflects their belief in the enduring power of education.

Be Part of the Tapestry

You can be part of this beautiful tapestry of change. Choosing Rugs for Good is more than just buying a rug; it’s a statement of support for a cause that believes in the potential of every child.

Get Involved

  1. Shop with Impact: Explore Rugs for Good’s stunning rug collection. Each rug is a piece of art and a symbol of hope.
  2. Share the Story: Let the world know about Rugs for Good. Share their mission, their work, and the impact they’re making.
  3. Support the Cause: Consider a direct donation to the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project through Rugs for Good. Your contribution can help write success stories.

Rugs for Good is more than a business; it’s a movement of change, compassion, and possibility. Join them in unfurling hope, one rug at a time. Together, we can weave a brighter future for the children of India and create a world where every thread tells a story of transformation.

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka: Earth's Champion of 2021

Meet Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a distinguished wildlife veterinarian and the visionary mind behind Conservation Through Public Health. Named Earth’s Champion of 2021, Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka’s journey is an inspiring testament to her unwavering commitment to protecting some of our planet’s most endangered creatures, particularly the majestic mountain gorillas inhabiting the remote communities of East Africa.

In her early twenties, Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka embarked on an educational journey from the United Kingdom to the United States, acquiring knowledge to empower her mission for real change. Armed with this expertise, she returned to Uganda with a singular purpose: to make a lasting impact.

A Force for Good

Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka’s work primarily centres on communities living on the fringes of protected areas, where human-wildlife conflicts are common. Her approach extends beyond animal conservation, focusing on improving healthcare and creating economic opportunities. In doing so, she transforms local residents into allies in the battle to protect their natural habitat.

A Global Beacon of Conservation

Globally recognised for her tireless efforts, Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of African conservationists. Acknowledging the lack of local representation in environmental stewardship, she aims to ignite the spark of conservation in the hearts of young Africans. “We need more local heroes,” she insists, “for these are the individuals who will shape the future of their communities and nations.”

Champion of the Earth: A Defining Achievement

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka’s recognition as Earth’s Champion of 2021 is a testament to her extraordinary contributions to wildlife preservation and environmental conservation. Her journey serves as a stirring reminder that women in science are at the forefront of change, poised to guide us towards a more sustainable and harmonious world.

Inspiration for Action

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka’s story isn’t just about achievements; it’s a call to action. Let her journey inspire you to make a difference in our communities, advocating for wildlife preservation, environmental conservation, and a harmonious coexistence with nature, and let’s collectively shape a brighter future.

EmpowerGirl™: Shaping Australia's Future Female Leaders

EmpowerGirl™ is more than just a gender empowerment program; it’s a movement dedicated to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of Australian female leaders. This innovative initiative harnesses the power of positive female role models in the workplace to change the way schoolgirls perceive their potential futures.

Join the EmpowerGirl™ Movement and Be the Change

Are you ready to empower the future generation of female leaders? Here’s your chance to get involved and make a difference:

  1. Be a Role Model: If you’re a successful woman in your industry, consider becoming an EmpowerGirl™ role model. Share your journey, insights, and experiences to inspire young girls to dream big. Your story could change a life.
  2. Support EmpowerGirl™: Your financial support can help expand the reach of this impactful program. Every contribution ensures that more schoolgirls have access to inspiring role models and workshops that build confidence and widen career horizons.
  3. Spread the Word: Share the EmpowerGirl™ message with your friends, family, and colleagues. The more people who know about this initiative, the more young girls we can reach and empower.

EmpowerGirl™ is more than just a program; it’s a beacon of hope, leading the way for young Australian girls to dream big and achieve their goals. By connecting girls with successful female role models, EmpowerGirl™ is building a brighter future where the next generation of female leaders can thrive and make their mark on the world. It’s not just a program; it’s a revolution. Join us today and help shape Australia’s future female leaders. Together, we can be the change we want to see in the world.

Solar Sound System Hong Kong: The Green Beat of the Music World

Imagine a world where music and sustainability harmonise. Solar Sound System Hong Kong brings this vision to life, revolutionising sound systems and powering the beats of your favourite tunes through the sun and your pedal power.

The Sonic Symphony of Solar Sound System

You’ve heard of renewable energy, but what about renewable music? Solar Sound System Hong Kong is rewriting the rules of sound production by seamlessly blending the power of the sun and your participation. Their mobile sound systems are not just eco-conscious; they are extraordinary in their acoustic quality.

Turntables and Eco-Energy

The Solar Sound System Hong Kong boasts a setup that includes turntables for DJs, and a powerful sound system that can cater to an audience ranging from 50 to 500 music enthusiasts. What makes these systems stand out is their unique energy sources, harnessing renewable energy from two key components:

  1. The Sun: In most cases and consistently, these systems are powered by the radiant energy of the sun, ensuring the beats keep coming even under the azure skies.
  2. Pedal Power: For those times when the sun takes a break, the audience plays a pivotal role. Equipped with generator-fitted bikes, the public can pedal their way to keep the music flowing. It’s music powered by the people for the people.

Setting the Global Rhythm

With over 500 events under their belt, Solar Sound System has established itself as a global benchmark in sustainable music systems. This eco-friendly approach has found roots in more than ten countries, proving that the harmony of music and sustainability is not just a passing trend but a long-term commitment.

Where Music Meets Eco-Consciousness

Leading lights in the music industry have embraced the Solar Sound System Hong Kong. Artists and labels such as Ninja Tunes, Cadenza Records, MentalGroove, Sayag Jazz Machine, and Martina Topley Bird have lent their support and interacted with this pioneering project.

Coldplay’s Eco-Conscious Tour

Speaking of renowned artists, this year, the legendary band Coldplay made headlines by adopting an eco-conscious approach to their world tour. They utilised a similar pedal-powered system to Solar Sound System, showcasing their commitment to green energy and sustainability. By engaging their audience to pedal on stationary bikes fitted with generators, Coldplay not only entertained their fans but also delivered a powerful message about the importance of renewable energy.

Fueling Conversations on Energy

Beyond music, Solar Sound System Hong Kong is dedicated to sparking discussions on energy topics. With their innovative approach to powering music events, they encourage conversations on sustainability, renewable energy, and the role we can all play in the future of our planet.

The Melody of Tomorrow

Solar Sound System Hong Kong isn’t just about sound; it’s about a cleaner, greener, and more harmonious future. Join the movement, and experience the magic of music powered by the sun and the rhythm of your pedals. It’s a revolution in music production that’s making the world dance to a greener beat.

Sustainable Success: Businesses Nurturing a Better World

In this segment, we’re thrilled to showcase businesses that stand as the unsung heroes of our planet. These extraordinary enterprises prove that making a positive impact on Earth can be both inspiring and thrilling. From conquering ocean pollution to providing life-saving clean water and crafting eco-friendly designs, these companies are the superheroes our world needs. Join us on this adventure to delve into their incredible narratives and discover how you can become a part of the force that’s transforming our world for the better.

1. The Ocean Cleanup: Navigating Against Plastic Tides

The Ocean Cleanup, spearheaded by Boyan Slat, is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at eradicating plastic pollution from the oceans. Employing cutting-edge technologies, they develop systems to ensnare and retrieve plastic debris from the seas.

Get Involved

Support the cause by delving into their online initiatives, sharing their compelling stories on your own social media, donating or buying their products. Participation in their mission contributes to ongoing cleanup endeavours and raises awareness about the critical need to preserve our oceans.

2. LifeStraw: Sipping for a Better World

LifeStraw is a company dedicated to providing global access to clean water. Through their innovative water-cleansing straw, they empower individuals to drink safely from contaminated water sources, addressing the widespread issue of waterborne diseases.

Get Involved

Explore LifeStraw’s impactful initiatives, consider contributing to their Give Back program, and share their mission on social media. Additionally, you can purchase LifeStraw products to support their charitable efforts, ensuring more people have access to clean water.


3. Left-handesign: Crafting Cool with a Green Heart

Discover Singapore’s pioneering plantable sustainable stationery and lifestyle brand, Left-handesign®. With a whimsical touch and a commitment to eco-friendly practices, they have blossomed into a beloved name, now extending their green footprint to Australia. Left-handesign® is not just about beautiful products; it’s a movement toward greener living.

Get Involved

Exploring their plantable stationery and lifestyle products. Every purchase is a step towards a greener, more sustainable world.  Embrace the ‘Use and Grow’ philosophy and be part of a community dedicated to making a difference. Visit Left-handesign® to shop and sow the seeds of positive change.

Insight Timer

The Must-Have App for Mental Health

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life. Stress, anxiety, and the constant whirlwind of thoughts can take a toll on your mental health. However, finding your inner calm and enhancing your overall well-being is now just a click away. We highly recommend the Insight Timer app, your go-to destination for mental health, relaxation, and personal growth.

Why We Love Insight Timer

Here’s why Insight Timer is a must-have on your smartphone:

Vast Library:  With over 90,000 free guided meditations from 10,000 meditation teachers, you’ll find everything you need, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced meditator.

Variety of Topics: Insight Timer covers a wide range of topics, from stress relief and self-compassion to improving relationships and boosting creativity. Whatever your mental health needs, there’s meditation for it.

Community: Connect with a community of like-minded individuals and join group meditations, challenges, and discussions. It’s a great way to stay motivated and inspired on your journey to better mental health.

Personalisation: The app allows you to customise your meditation experience by choosing the duration, ambient sounds, and teachers that resonate with you.

Progress Tracking: Insight Timer helps you track your meditation journey, providing insights into your practice and allowing you to set goals for personal growth.



Anjani Amriit on Insight Timer!

For an extra special treat, we recommend exploring our Editors’ very own meditation platform on Insight Timer. You can access all Anjani Amriit’s soothing guided meditations to find your inner peace and boost your mental health.

Download the app today and experience the transformative power of meditation and mindfulness. Your well-being deserves it.

Doing Good Recommended Reads for the Holiday Season

These books are the pick of our favourites for 2023 and have the power to transform your perspective and enhance your understanding of the world around you. Whether you seek personal growth, mindfulness, or simply a captivating story, these titles are sure to enlighten and enrich your reading journey.

We hope you enjoy exploring the treasures waiting to be discovered within the pages of these books.

Dive into the stories that inspire and uplift, written from my heart to yours. These books are a journey towards positive change and self-discovery.


Meaningful Giving

Christmas Gift Ideas with Impact

This festive season, consider gifts that not only bring joy to your loved ones but also contribute to meaningful causes. From supporting orangutan conservation efforts to spreading positivity with empowering compliment cards, these choices redefine the art of gift-giving. Join us in making a difference with every present, turning the act of giving into a powerful force for good.

The Orangutan Project’s Christmas Shopping List

 Gifts with Impact

This Christmas, make your gift-giving more meaningful with the Orangutan Project’s curated shopping list. Each item not only brings joy to your loved ones but also supports the vital conservation efforts aimed at protecting orangutans and their habitats. Whether it’s adopting a tree or contributing to the rescue and rehabilitation of these incredible primates, your choice goes beyond the ordinary, making a positive impact on the environment.

How You Can Make A Difference

Explore the Christmas shopping list from the Orangutan Project and choose gifts that align with your values. Your purchase directly contributes to the conservation of orangutans, making it a gift that matters.

Silver Sirens Compliment Cards

Spreading Joy and Empowerment

For those looking to add a personal touch to their gifts, Silver Sirens Compliment Cards offer a unique way to brighten someone’s day. Specifically designed to celebrate women’s beauty and strength, these cards go beyond traditional greetings. Each card carries a thoughtful message, making it the perfect addition to your holiday presents. Choose empowerment over conventional choices this Christmas and share the gift of positivity.

Get Your Hands On These Cards

Browse through Silver Sirens Compliment Cards and select the perfect cards to spread joy and celebration. Share these purposeful gift options with friends and family, encouraging them to make meaningful choices this holiday season. By doing so, you’re not just giving a card; you’re contributing to a collective effort to uplift and empower.

Wildlife Warriors

Shop with Animals Australia for a Brighter Future

Nestled in the heart of Australia, a dedicated animal charity tirelessly works to protect and preserve the continent’s rich biodiversity. Through community engagement, education programs, and hands-on efforts, they strive to ensure a sustainable future for the country’s unique and cherished wildlife, embodying the spirit of compassion and stewardship for the natural world.

How You Can Help

Every purchase made at Animal Australia contributes directly to their life-changing work for animals. When individuals choose to shop with Animal Australia, they become vital contributors to the effort to rescue and care for native wildlife, ensuring their protection and well-being. Support from these purchases funds critical initiatives, from rehabilitating injured animals to raising awareness about conservation. 

Help Us Spread The Word!​

Are you ready to make a difference in the world? We invite you to join us on our mission to spread kindness, compassion, and hope far and wide. Together, we can create a ripple effect of positive change that touches the lives of countless individuals and communities. But we need your help to make this happen.

You can start making a difference right now by spreading the word about our magazine. Share it with your loved ones, colleagues, and anyone who wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Together, we can inspire more people to take action and make the world a better place.

So what are you waiting for? Join us on this journey of hope and possibility, and let’s make a difference together.

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