Doing good for others

Doing good for others

Doing good for others 

By helping others and working towards the greater good for all, we can use our individual strengths and interests to make our communities – and our world – better. What’s more, when you help others, you’re also helping yourself by fulfilling a sense of purpose and benefiting your wellbeing. It’s a win-win!

Practicing sustainability is about paying closer attention to the interconnectivity between us all. It embraces the necessity of looking after other people and our economy, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of wellbeing, participate fully in our society and reach our maximum potential.

Be good to others by personally pledging to practice any of these suggestions:

This movement is all about doing small acts of kindness - “One Act” to brighten up someone's day and encourage a ripple effect of goodwill and thoughtfulness. There are so many ways to participate in the ethos of random acts of kindness. You could pay for someone else's coffee, leave a flower or a thoughtful message on a colleague's desk or bake a cake and leave it in the lunchroom for staff to enjoy. Be as creative as you like with your idea for spreading acts of kindness. Your act of kindness may be anonymous if you wish! The choice is yours.   

A 'One Act' card is something you give to a recipient of your act of kindness. The receiver is encouraged to 'pay it forward' by doing something kind for someone else and passing on the 'One Act' card to another person...and so it goes on. These acts of kindness can perpetuate thoughtfulness and consideration among our campus community. Contact us to order some One Act cards today, or join the Big Lift student group.

Share your One Act story with #mqOneAct.

more open and inclusive involvement and interaction. Macquarie University actively supports staff to participate in community volunteering by providing up to two days leave for continuing full time and part time staff to participate in fun activities with local communities.

You may already have a favourite home, charity or not-for-profit organisation that you would like to volunteer with. Otherwise, why not try Easy Care gardening? Easy care service assists frail, aged and people with a disability to stay in their own home and help create an enjoyable garden space. Volunteers assist with weeding, pruning, mowing and other garden maintenance. Contact Easy Care to find out more on 02 9983 1644 or via volunteers@easycaregardening.org.au.

community health and development and your actions can help alleviate feelings of isolation. Macquarie University actively supports staff to participate in community volunteering by providing up to two days leave for continuing full time and part time staff to participate in fun activities with local communities.

You may already have a favourite charity or not-for-profit organisation that you would like to volunteer with. Otherwise, why not try North Ryde Community Aid & Information Centre Inc. NRCA is a not for profit organisation reliant on government funding and community generosity to deliver a range of services and assistance to the socially and financially disadvantaged in our community, particularly the frail aged living independently.There are various activities for volunteers including organising and serving meals for the three weekly social gatherings, gardening projects or maintenance and domestic spring cleaning tasks or assistance in the clients’ homes. Contact NRCA on 02 9888 3380 or via admin@nrca.org.au to find out more.

time, labour, and the most important - love) that they otherwise would not have. Macquarie University actively supports staff to participate in community volunteering by providing up to two days leave for continuing full time and part time staff to participate in fun activities with local communities.

The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home has been taking care of Sydney’s lost and abandoned animals since 1946. Today the Home opens its doors to more than 4500 animals each year and services 11 council areas across Sydney. Their goal is to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, loving, domestic pets, young or old or with special needs, by re-homing them and giving them a second chance at life.Volunteer activities include yard work and general cleaning duties, grooming dogs and cats, playing with animals, food preparation and feeding and walking the dogs. Contact The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home on 02 9587 9611.

and reciprocity amongst the community. Being an active citizen in your local community improves community health, resilience and development. Shop locally to support small businesses, help out at your local community aid centre, attend council meetings and community consultation sessions, volunteer for a local bushcare group, join a community group or just say hi to a neighbour and make a new friend.

that of many others. The vitality of societies relies on leaders who not only understand the impact their individual choices have on those they lead, but the powerful role of collective choices in overcoming social, economic and environmental challenges. Did you know that the cosmetics you (or others in your life) purchase could be supporting child labour? Child labour is endemic to the mining of mica, a mineral that is extracted to create the ‘shine’ in cosmetics. Children in the mines risk scorpion and snake bites, mine collapses and respiratory illnesses.

Apps like Good On You make the behind-the-scenes actions of fashion brands more transparent so you can make better choices. The app rates brands on how they perform on labour rights, the environment and animal welfare. They’ve done the hard work for you, making it easy for you, as a consumer, to support the brands doing good and use your purchasing power to tell the not so ethical brands to do better. Remember that you are only doing as good as the brands you support!

UNHCR refugee agency, Dress for Success, Oxfam, Save the Children, Action Aid, CARE International, UNICEF, World Vision… the list goes on!

Regular donations, eg. monthly, demonstrates a strong commitment to your favourite cause, and gives the charity a predictably income. This allows them more security and a better ability to plan and have impact. As a regular donor, you will be a part of the positive change the charity is making and be kept in the loop with their progress. It’s a rewarding experience seeing your money go to such good use. You can even sponsor a child and start up a pen-pal relationship with them through organisations such as WorldVision.

meaningful service project that encourages teamwork. All goods donated from the drives will assist your local community members in some way!

Organise a drive amongst your network for a local charity. Some ideas for local charity drives are provided below - please visit their websites for more information:

  • Dress for Success relies on donations of professional work clothing. Clients are provided with suites and other items of apparel for interview and returning to work. Details of donation needs are on the website.
  • North Ryde Community Aid operates an emergency community food aid program for local residents in need, and welcome donations of nonperishable food items.  They also organise an annual Christmas gift and hamper appeal, collecting donations of specialty Christmas food items as well as gifts for senior citizens.  For a list of donation food & gift ideas please contact NRCA via admin@nrca.org.au or visit their website.
  • The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home greatly welcomes the donation of dog and cat supplies/accessories. Details of donation needs are on the website.

local growers/food manufacturers and bolsters our local economy. Farmers are really the back-bone of our society - not a day goes by where we don’t rely on their hard word!

Harvest Hub helps empower communities to take control of their food supply and reducing their reliance on big supermarkets. Harvest Hub is a social enterprise providing local and Australian fresh, seasonal produce & groceries. On campus, this is done through the Saturday market outside the Sport & Aquatic Centre (9am - 2pm), or through customisable produce bags available at two Hubs on campus:

  • MACQUARIEU01 SUSTAINABILITY - pick up on Tuesdays between 12 - 4.45pm from the Sustainability Cottage, 9 Hadenfeld Ave
  • MACQUARIEU04 BIOLOGY - pick up on Wednesday between 9 - 10.30am from the Biology Tearoom, 14 Eastern Road, Room 280
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