The more you give, the more you get back in return (philanthropic and charitable efforts)

The more you give, the more you get back in return.

Aiming for wealth is good but in my honest opinion, utilising the wealth for the good of others is also respectable, no?

We hear in the press about rich folks giving millions away for philanthropic and charitable efforts. Even Warren Buffett gave away a mighty proportion of his wealth to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Very admirable.

Perhaps it’s time for us to do the same as well? Granted, we don’t have as much wealth as these guys do, but giving little by little will certainly make a difference in the long run, wouldn’t you agree?

For the past couple of weeks, I have been promoting 5 charity organisations that I currently support. I’m not able to give much financial support just yet but hopefully by advertising them on my blog, I’ll be able to give them some extra exposure. Anyway, to recap, here they are again:

1. PLAN Australia
2. Fred Hollows Foundation
3. Operation Smile Australia
4. Muslim Aid Australia
5. Human Appeal International

I’ve always been thinking to myself about giving back when I’m a bit well off. Often, when we are indeed “well off”, we always have excuses not to give back. So, instead of allowing myself to do that, I’m forcing myself to do my part. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. I urge all of you to do the same. It doesn’t have to be the organisations I’ve listed above. You can support any organisations that you feel comfortable with.

On top of having an investment portfolio, how about having a charity portfolio as well? Sounds fair? After all, the more you give, the more you’ll get back.

Do share in the comments section below of the charity organisations that you support.

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Muslim Aid Australia & Human Appeal International: Giving with a Purpose

Muslims and non-muslims, if you like to help others, these two organisations are the ones to look out for. They are Muslim Aid Australia and Human Appeal International.

These folks have a range of charitable programs that you can donate to. Some of the programs deal with education & skills, orphans, health & medical, micro enterprises, and many more. Do visit their websites here and here for a full list of what they do.

You can even pay zakat over there too!

Do lend a hand folks. Who knows, maybe in the future we’ll be the ones needing help.

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Operation Smile Australia: Make the kids smile again

Shunned by their peers, depleting self-confidence, and dim future. Sounds horrible doesn’t it? Well, these kids are not lacking in their intelligence department. They were unfortunately born with a different physical appearance than most of us. All that can be corrected with just a simple corrective surgery though. Only if they were given the chance…

Operation Smile Australia is another organisation that I support. Basically, Operation Smile Australia sends volunteer doctors around the world to perform surgeries on kids with cleft lips.

These folks can’t do it on their own. They need funding!

Lend your hand by donating. Go to their website here.

The cost of a single surgery is around AUD360. However, any amount is more than appreciated.

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Fred Hollows Foundation: Curing Blindness from just AUD25

One of the cruellest things that could happen to a person is loss of sight.

Fred Hollows Foundation exists in order to give people from impoverished countries a chance to see again.

By giving just AUD25, you’ll be able to restore the sight of a person suffering from cataract. Giving AUD80 on the other hand will assist in purchasing 10 intraocular lenses.

Fred Hollows Foundation is an organisation that I have been supporting. I urge you to do the same. Go to here.

“It is our job to do something about the disparity between nations. We discover our own humanity by helping others.” – Fred Hollows –

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Information on Swine Influenza (Pig Flu) – Signs and Symptons – Selsema Babi

News on the Swine Influenza/Flu have been dominating the TV lately.

I even got an e-mail from my university as a reminder to take care of myself and be careful. In fact, the news just now announced that it might be wise to stock up on canned food just in case the pandemic worsens.

Anyway, for the signs and symptons of the swine flu, go to here and here.

For more information on the swine flu, go to here, here, and here.

For Australians travelling overseas pretty soon, make sure you have a look at the Smart Traveller website here.

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