International Day of Charity: Give back and get involved

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The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually every 5th September.

It was declared officially by the UN General Assembly in 2012. The day itself was founded through a Hungarian civil society initiative with the support of the Hungarian Parliament and Government in 2011.

5th September is the selected date as it commemorates the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa who worked tirelessly to overcome poverty, distress and suffering of the poorest in the world.

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun, who devoted her life to helping the poor in India. Born in 1910 in Skopje, then part of the Kosovo Vilayet, Teresa lived the majority of her life in Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

In the 50s, she sought the Vatican’s permission to start what would become known as the Missionaries of Charity. The congregation ran homes for those dying from HIV and AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; orphanages; schools; children’s and family counselling programmes.

Alongside her work in India, Mother Teresa also rescued 37 children trapped in a front line hospital during the Palestine/Israeli conflict; helped feed the hungry in Ethiopia; and aided those injured and suffering after earthquakes in Armenia and the Chernobyl explosion.

The day aims to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organisations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level.

Below, you can find a variety of different charities and intiatives you can get involved in on International Day of Charity:

12/09/19: Fashion & Fizz | Smart Works & Careaux

Come and join us for an evening of fun and fashion as we celebrate the work that Smart Works Greater Manchester do to support women of the region back into work.

Our work is critical in raising the confidence levels of women that need a hand up to re-establish a path back into work.  In partnership with Careaux, a new inspiring fashion brand and Manchester Hall you can expect to hear some exciting new announcements from Smart Works and enjoy a night of great food, drinks and inspirational women.

Go Red & Trek featured28/09/19: Go Red and Trek 25km to help protect women from gynaecological cancers

Join women’s cancer research charity, The Eve Appeal, as we Go Red and trek 25km (approx. 15.5 miles) on Saturday 28th September through the stunning Cotswolds to mark the end of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month.

Every day in the UK 58 women are diagnosed with one of the five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal – and 21 will die. That’s 21 mothers, daughters, sisters and partners every day. The Eve Appeal is determined to change these shocking statistics but they need your help.

Girls Out Loud Shining Stars Ball featured02/10/19: Shining Stars Ball | Girls Out Loud

Help Girls Out Loud to empower teenage girls in the North West to learn, lead and thrive.

Girls Out Loud is a multi-award-winning social enterprise based in Manchester on a mission to raise the aspirations of teen girls. Launched in 2010 we have delivered our interventions including our Big Sister mentoring programme in over 40 schools and impacted the lives of over 6000 teenage girls and we want to share our unique approach and success to date with the people of this amazing region.

03/10/19: The Show London 2019 | Breast Cancer Care

Join Breast Cancer Care to celebrate our 30 courageous models as they step out in style onto the catwalk following a breast cancer diagnosis.

Their life-affirming stories of strength, passion and bravery will leave you inspired and uplifted.

With fashion, fundraising and fine dining, you’re sure to have an experience to remember. The money we raise will help us continue to be there for people who so desperately need us.

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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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