In a fun, new and unique initiative, Aussies will be able to dare one another to do good deeds in their communities, while raising money for community-based charitable projects.
The concept is simple and gives people an incentive to tap into the Aussie spirit of helping others. Participants either commit to do a good deed themselves, or support someone else’s good deed, and at the same time raise money for small community-based charitable projects that are making a big difference. And for those who need a little more encouragement to do a good deed, their friends can all dare them to do so through the website and social media.
Do Good Deeds is part of the Mary MacKillop Foundation’s national Green and Gold Day appeal and dares people to “never see a need without doing something about it”, by challenging themselves and their friends to perform acts of kindness in their communities.
Even the smallest of good deeds will have a big impact, as all the support each of the ‘do gooders’ receive will go beyond the initiative to support small community-based charitable groups that are making a big difference.
The challenge works in two ways: either you dare someone to do a good deed, or you dare someone to donate to the good deed you are doing. Once the deeds are nominated, donations can be made online.
Deeds can be as simple as offering to pay for a stranger’s coffee, donating books to a children’s hospital, washing a friend’s car, or helping an elderly person with their grocery shopping. However, it pays to be creative, so participants are encouraged to have fun with the project by thinking outside the box, such as committing to sing at a nursing home.
Sam Hardjono, CEO of the Mary MacKillop Foundation, says, “The Mary MacKillop Foundation hopes that by Australians doing their own good deeds through this new initiative, they not only realise their community imprint but also the fact that they are the forerunners of a flow on effect where even more good deeds will be funded.
“Every one plays an important part in developing a groundswell of support for ‘do gooders’ to fulfil their dares – a reflection of the Mary MacKillop Foundation’s ongoing work to support life-changing community charity projects across the country.”
Registrations for the Do Good Deeds challenge are now open, and can be made here.
Donations will support to small community-based charitable projects that are already making a great difference, to enable them to meet even more needs. This is part of the Mary MacKillop Foundation’s mission to continue the legacy of Australia’s first saint by giving grants of up to $10,000 each to small community-based projects that are dedicated to assisting those who are less fortunate than them or in need of a helping hand.