Here are some causes I am really passionate about

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Haemophilia Foundation Australia

The HFA represents the Australian bleeding disorders community and is committed to improving treatment and care through representation and advocacy, education and the promotion of research.

In late 2015, our son Elias was diagnosed with Haemophilia, a rare and genetic bleeding disorder. Elias was eight months at the time. He had a minor cut to his finger that wouldn’t stop bleeding over several days, so we took him into the hospital for testing. It really came as a shock to our family, but we have been able to manage his condition thanks to the best treatment and medical care we could ask for, as well as the support of the Haemophilia Foundation that helps thousands of families around Australia.

Haemophilia affects 1 in 6000 males and currently in Australia there are about 2700 people with varied degrees of severity. Bleeding is most commonly internal into the joints and/or muscles. It can happen without an obvious cause (sometimes called ‘spontaneous’), or as a result of injury. Elias has Haemophilia A, the most common type that occurs when there is not enough clotting factor VIII in the blood.

If Elias has a cut or bruise, it doesn’t stop bleeding without intervention. We take him to the Haemophilia Clinic at Westmead Children’s Hospital to receive treatment that allows his blood to clot normally. It can be challenging, especially since he’s a very active little boy, but we know he’ll have a happy and normal life just like any other kid. We just work around it.

PANDA

PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia supports women, men and families across Australia to recover from post and antenatal depression and anxiety, a serious illness that affects around 100,000 Australian families every year.

Three million Australians are living with depression or anxiety, and I was one of them. Throughout my life, I’ve suffered from various mood disorders due to neglect as an infant, trauma during school and various other factors such as genetics and brain chemistry. The depression and anxiety were chronic for two years during the perinatal period (pre/post pregnancy), to the point where I became so severely ill, I could barely leave the house or even do simple things like go grocery shopping.

I know how it feels to be void of hope and in despair. I’ve been there. But thanks to organisations like PANDA, there’s a support network that provides information and help to everyone to achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Mental illness does not discriminate – it can affect men, women, children, the elderly and people from all ethnic backgrounds and cultures. It is not a bad mood or a bad day, but an actual prolonged medical condition that can be caused by stress, trauma, social pressure or even genetics.

I’m a huge advocate for talking openly and honestly about mental health because we’re all human and at some point in life, we will all face troubles and need strategies to cope. Recovery is definitely possible (I am living proof) when we plug into the right resources such as psychiatric care, counsellors, doctors and social workers. There is hope!

Vision Rescue

Vision Rescue is a non-profit, registered charity involved in feeding, providing non-formal education, medical help, skill training and other kinds of help to addicted and abused street children in India.

Biju Thampy, founder of Vision Rescue explains, “One day a friend of mine told me about a newspaper cutting he had seen, there was a picture of a three year old boy lying next to a dog. Looking closely at the picture one could figure out that the little boy was drinking the milk of that dog! The caption given under the picture read ‘This dog is his mother’. When I heard this, that was it!”

I have had the honour to witness first hand the work of Vision Rescue in Mumbai, India. The goal for Vision Rescue has always been to empower children through education. When children are empowered and educated, they can say “no” to any form of exploitation and say “yes” to a future of dignity.

Vision Rescue deliver a feeding and non-formal educational bus program, whereby the buses visit the slums of Mumbai daily. Children gain confidence and motivation to move into and carry on into formal education, which breaks the vicious cycle of poverty that exposes children to crime, abuse and child labour. Children learn how to dream and have hope for a future they may have never known thanks to Vision Rescue.

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