Bulletin Board: Opportunity knocks (hello, come in!)

Bulletin Board: Opportunity knocks (hello, come in!)

Opportunity International's Food For Thought campaign encourages Australians to host a meal for friends and family during the month of October in support of microfinance. The money will help poor families in developing countries to set up their own businesses and thereby empower them, and their communities, to rise out of poverty.

"Opportunity International Australia does amazing and innovative work with incredibly vulnerable people," said recently appointed Opportunity International Australia ambassador and former NSW premier Kristina Keneally. "In particular, I’m proud to be associated and assist with an organisation that is making such a difference to women, who still make up a disproportionate share of the world’s extremely poor people." 

You can register online here to receive a toolkit, which includes an event checklist, invitation template, placemats, fun conversation starters and further information. Also for the diary: The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty observed ever since on October 17 all over the world.

Australian Good Taste Magazine is also getting in on the philanthropy action with The 1000 Plates Project in support of Foodbank Australia, which provides 75,000 meals a day to the hungry. Good Taste is encouraging readers to visit Facebook and then upload a picture of a dish they've cooked to Flickr – for each plate, the magazine will donate a meal to Foodbank.

The Yooralla Media Awards honour journalism that accurately, positively and sensitively portrays the achievements of people with a disability and the myriad issues they face. Submissions for print, radio, television, photojournalism and online will be judged by six panellists, including: Alan Howe, executive editor of the Herald and Weekly Times; Michelle Grattan, Canberra-based political editor of The Age; Ross Stevenson, a member of 3AW’s top-rating breakfast program; and Steve Carey, director of news for Seven News Melbourne.

They are joined by Dr Rhonda Galbally AO, chair of the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council and former CEO of the Australian Commission for the Future, and Stella Young, disability rights activist and editor of ABC’s online disability news and commentary site Ramp Up. Very esteemed. Very big deal. Last year's winners include Carly Findaly's piece, "In Control and Telling My Story", and Jason Gregory for The Law Institute of Victoria Journal. Entries for the 2011 Awards close on Friday 7th October; winners announced .

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