Want to impress your Valentine this Saturday? Whether you’re coupled-up or single, you can spread the love this Valentine’s Day far by opening up your heart and volunteering for a good cause.
Valentine’ Day is a heart-centred holiday that celebrates random acts of kindness.
Many organization’s and animal/food shelters have specific events for this holiday, and if you do a little searching you will most likely find somewhere near you that needs your love and affection!
Giving back to your community not only makes you feel good but it also shows you how much you should be grateful for, and that there’s more to Valentine’s Day than the commercialism that goes along with it.
No matter your passion, there will be some worthy cause super-happy to be your Valentine this year.
Here are some events that you can take heart in:
Sweetheart Day: Sweetheart Day, held annually on Valentine’s Day, raises funds for children living with heart disease. And this February 14th, Sweetheart Day will raise money to fund vital medical research as well as support, to improve the lives of Aussie kids with childhood heart disease. So Register today and be a Sweetheart to fight against childhood heart disease!
Landcare Australia: Win $3,500 for Landcare Australia this Valentine’s Day with thanks to Everyday Hero. All you have to do is tell everyone why you love Landcare Australia by uploading a photo of yourself onto the Everyday Hero Facebook wall holding a poster with “I love Landcare Australia because ____”. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ilovebeCAUSE on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! For more details on how to enter, click here.
Cupid’s Undie Run: We know, we had you at “undie run”. Cupid’s Undie Run is a kilometre run in your underwear to help raise awareness and funds to #EndNF. With 30 locations nation-wide there is sure to be a run near you! Register a team or go solo, and help reach the $300,000 fundraising goal for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Click here for more info.
Petbarn’s Pet Dating event: This Valentine’s Day, the Petbarn Foundation is playing puppy match-maker in it’s national Pet Dating event. Petbarn stores* across the country will play cupid and host pet dates on Saturday 14 February. Potential pet parents can choose to go on a mini-date with a number of cuddly animals. While adoption pets available will vary from store to store ranging from playful kittens to senior cats, puppies, dogs or even rabbits, there will be no shortage of loving animals all looking for a forever home. Find out more here!
Library Lover’s Day: Express your love for all things books and libraries on Library Lover’s Day this Valentine’s Day. Have the opportunity to go on a “blind book date”, purchase a Library Lover Keepcup, and support the Australian Library and Information Association’s new advocacy campaign, FAIR. This stands for Freedom of Access to Information and Resources. Click here for more.
Valentine’s Day at Australia Zoo: Enjoy a magical day on 14 February with animal attraction competitions, great prizes, free face painting and free kids’ rides! Ain’t love grand! Find out more here.
Support Parks Australia: Roses are red, violets are blue..but they need your help to keep looking that way. Support the Australian National Botanic Gardens by donating or working as a Friends of the Gardens volunteer.
Celebrate love, mystery & art with the National Trust: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film Picnic at Hanging Rock with an afternoon and evening of love, mystery, creativity, Australian film and writing at Mulberry Hill. Even better – volunteer with the National Trust and help promote diversity and practice equity. Find out more here.
Open up your heart this Valentine’s Day!