Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

musings on our life of travel and volunteering

Can’t get no satisfaction? Try Volunteering!

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Today is International Volunteering Day, and so we thought it was appropriate to provide a bit of an update on some of the volunteering activities we are actively involved in!

Mar continues to spend a lot of time working with the Mirriwoong and Gija people up in the East Kimberley, through her directorship on a couple of different indigenous trusts.   Although the directorship itself is a remunerated position, there are a lot of other things that she is doing up there that aren’t paid jobs!   Together the Shox have found it hugely rewarding to work on a functional numeracy and literacy project for new Traditional Owner directors on the board, which has seen some good success!  The highest accolade one could possibly get from a Traditional Owner would be to be considered “deadly”… and that is exactly what Mar got from a TO recently, after a successful meeting!   Very gratifying work!

The other key area of involvement for Mar has been in working with Victim Support Services, helping victims of crime navigate the justice system.

For Mark, he continues to take on more and more responsibility with his main organisation CARAD (Coalition for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees), working on the executive committee, fundraising committee and also providing homework support to two fabulous young Burmese girls (see photo).  This is a very politically hot topic in Australia at the moment, and it is very rewarding to be able to make a tangible difference in people’s lives.

Finally, the other main volunteering role that Mark has is as Vice President of the Perth Jazz Society.  We continue to be avid supporters of the jazz scene in Perth, and regularly get out to local gigs to support the fantastic musicians that Perth has on offer.

Volunteering really does make the world go around, and we applaud all the awesome (deadly, even!) volunteers out there who make a difference every day, to so many people (or animals, or environments!)   Happy International Volunteering Day, everyone!   If you are thinking about volunteering, you can check out some options (in Australia) here,  or if you are thinking of volunteering overseas, maybe check out things here!


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  1. What an inspiring post! Particularly at this time of year which tends to focus a bit much on things material! Good on you both!

    Ron ogden

    December 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    • Thanks so much Ron! Well, even at this time of year, it certainly seems that volunteering is in the spirit of giving! : ) Hope you and your family have a wonderful festive season. We *might* even be writing a post in the coming weeks about the festive season, and how we can move beyond “things material”! stay tuned…. Mar(k)


      December 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

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