5 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Australia

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Honouring mothers on the second Sunday in May has been a tradition in Australia since 1924. Mother’s Day has been about giving gifts to women, and of men wearing a chrysanthemum in recognition of their mothers. Although these traditions remain intact today, Australians have long started to find unique, meaningful ways to celebrate this special day, one of which is helping out others. If you dare to think out of the box, here are five alternatives you can try this year to declare how you value your mum and women:

Join the Mother’s Day Classic

Imbibe the all-for-one-cause atmosphere and come with your mum (even with your entire family) to the biggest breast cancer awareness event in Australia. Run or walk from four to eight kilometres to help generate funds for research on defeating a lethal disease that strikes one in eight women worldwide. The Mother’s Day Classic occurs at over 60 landmark locations across the country, and if you are up for the challenge, you can even organise the event in your location with support from the national team.

 

Join Fair Trade Mother’s Day High Tea

Helping women rise from homelessness and fear, Youth Projects organises the yearly Fair Trade Mother’s Day High Tea to recognise women through pampering while extending assistance to others at the same time. The Melbourne Town Hall hosts the fundraiser this year, with powerful women personas—Jennifer Evans, Kirra Fitzgerald, Noelene Marchwicki, among others—setting inspiration for women to overcome life’s challenges and become valuable to the Australian community. Treating your mum and family to goodies and food has never been more rewarding than knowing your few hundred dollars for the tickets will go a long charitable way.

Join Pink Sports Day

Gather your family and take part in another country-wide event that supports breast cancer awareness. Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) allows you to celebrate your mum’s value by helping others through funds generated from playing sports, painting donation tins, drawing posters, inflating balloons, and designing media release templates. Bring home Pink Lady merchandise to show your family’s support for this noble cause.

Support UNHCR’s Mother’s Day Lunch Campaign

For only $180 per ticket, you can help alleviate the plight of refugee women around the world in the Mother’s Day Lunch campaign organised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Funds raised this 2014 will go to the women and children refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo—imagine how your money in exchange for a two-course lunch with drinks and gift bag can help people as far as 8,000 miles away.

Support UNICEF’s “Give an Inspired Gift” Campaign

Help marginalised children around the globe live better lives by giving your mum the BEST PRESENT EVER. With UNICEF’s Inspired Gift campaign, you are able to choose a gift or card to send to these needy children, from story books and pencils, vaccines and drugs, to recreation kits and motorbikes. Aside from donating, you can also raise funds, be an advocate, and volunteer for the organisation—not only unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, but also noble acts of bringing back the smile to these children’s faces.

If you have not thought yet of a different idea for celebrating Mother’s Day, joining these five charitable events will do more than show your love for your mum. Go out there with your entire family and be part of the change Australia and the world needs. Have a meaningful Mother’s Day!

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