As many Australians continue to grapple with the devastation of the bushfires that ravaged so much of our country for nearly nine months, Coronavirus tilted our axis in a way we could never have believed.
Despite our own personal circumstances and the challenges many faced due to COVID-19, what became increasingly evident and heartwarming were the acts of genuine kindness that we heard of, and witnessed from around the world.
Neighbours helping out elderly neighbours, anonymous gifts of cash to struggling businesses, free coffees being given to people in Centrelink queues, children writing notes of appreciation to health and retail workers, and so the list went on.
Small gestures that brought big smiles, proving again and again that simple and selfless acts of kindness can go a long way. Many paid it forward and continue to do so.
As we prepare for the end of the financial year, we turn our thoughts to not-for-profit (NFP) organisations and their volunteers who are the backbone of our communities.
Providing meals, housing, clothing and caring words, many NFP's are doing it tough and now is a good time to consider making a monetary donation. This could help to have a significant impact on charity organisations and those they support.
Not only would your donation make a big difference, it could also provide you with a tax benefit providing they are a registered Deductible Gift Recipient organisation (DGR). If you'd like to know more about charity tax concessions, click here to go to the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission website.
If you are considering volunteering, the Albany and Regional Volunteering Service has a list on their website of positions that need filling. There are so many great opportunities and the list gets updated regularly.
One thing's for sure, 2020 is starting to live up to the 'vision' theme as we begin to see our world through new lenses on so many different levels and possibly with greater clarity than ever before.
As we look to a new financial year, you may be considering talking to a financial planner or, you may be curious to know how to find a financial planner you feel comfortable with. Our blog post 6 Stages of Financial Planning with Sound Life, may answer some of your questions.
Stay safe and stay warm!
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