By Ash Moore
“A mature-aged mum, leaving a domestic violence situation and expecting twins, needs a double pram…as she has no vehicle to take her babies home from hospital.”
Sometimes a request comes through to GIVIT that hits you right where it hurts.
That request was something that particularly affected me last week because I’m expecting a son myself in little over three months.
I can’t imagine what it would be like for my wife to have to do it all by herself – without me and then with twins to boot!
At GIVIT, we want every request to be filled. Of course we do.
But when you see a request like that, you want to make extra sure it happens.

The gofundme page set up by a GIVIT Facebook follower to make sure a mature mum-to-be gets a brand new pram


As GIVIT’s Media Advisor, it’s part of my job to post on social media.
This request sent to me by our new volunteer, Michael, hit straight to the hearts of our Facebook followers.
It was shared more than 80 times and drew a dozen comments, as people tagged their friends and tried to help.
People felt that no mother should have to do it so tough and the least they could do is get her a pram.
A day later, one of our Facebook followers had set up a gofundme page because she’s decided that this mum-to-be deserves a brand new pram and some other items too.
Gabrielle’s also going to do bake sales and fundraise through her church.
You may not have realised this, but you can buy items brand new through GIVIT at no charge.
All you have to do is click “GIVIT” fill out the usual donor form online and let the charity user behind the request know that you will be buying it brand new.
You can make all the arrangements between the two of you or ask GIVIT for some advice if you need to.
When our charity users give the people they’re helping brand new items from our donors, we often hear that those people in need burst into tears.
“I can’t believe someone thought enough of me to get me something brand new,” they say, “What did I do to deserve this?”
You didn’t have to do anything. You deserve good things too. Together, we will make sure you get them.

The founder of Australian not-for-profit GIVIT said she is thrilled to be a charity partner for Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring, Floriade, as the charity launches into the Canberra and surrounds with the support of the ACT government.

CEO and founder of GIVIT, Juliette Wright, said the need for GIVIT in the ACT is enormous.

“More than 22,000 Canberrans are currently living in poverty,” Mrs Wright said, “but we all have something in our homes that’s high quality and that we don’t use any more – through GIVIT, you can donate your pre-loved items to someone who really needs them. Items such as washing machines, fridges, linen and laptops are being requested right now by some of Canberra’s most respected charitable organisations.

“I’m incredibly excited to be officially launching GIVIT into the ACT and the partnership with Floriade is the perfect opportunity to encourage people to have a look around their homes at the items they’re not using any more and list them on our website.

“For Australia’s biggest celebration of Spring, I’d love to see the people of the ACT have a spring clean and turn it into a celebration of giving too.”

There will be more than flowers at Floriade with GIVIT’s #DonateRejuvenate House taking centre stage

During Floriade, which will attract more than 500,000 visitors from 16 September until 15 October 2017 in Canberra, GIVIT will host #DonateRejuvenate House. Visitors and businesses will have the opportunity to pledge items to #DonateRejuvenate House which will be donated directly to Canberra’s most vulnerable residents.

Are you keen to get involved with GIVIT during Floriade? Here are a few ways you can show your support:
• Get amongst the action and volunteer at #DonateRejuvenate House. For more info, contact caroline@givit.org.au
• If you are a corporate donor wishing to donate goods to #DonateRejuvenate House, contact caroline@givit.org.au
• During the school holidays, bring along the kids to participate in BUGS + BLOOMS Creative Kids Workshops at #DonateRejuvenate House. For more info, visit floriadeaustralia.com/children/

We hope to see you there!