Join us in giving back!
At HighGround, we are grateful for the work we get to do and the lives we get to lead.
Working in disaster, emergency and crisis has made it clear, that there is much to be done and there are some brilliant organisations doing it.
We want to do our part to support this brilliant work and would love for you to join us.
For every Speaking Brilliantly Course purchased, we will be giving 10% of the profits to charity.
If you like, you can join us by selecting which charity you'd like to benefit from the work you have done with us.
You can choose from...
The UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Their mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
To accomplish this, UNFPA works to ensure that all people, especially women and young people, are able to access high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, including voluntary family planning, so that they can make informed and voluntary choices about their sexual and reproductive lives.
- Reproductive health care for women and youth in more than 150 countries - home to more than 80 per cent of the world's population.
- The health of pregnant women, especially the 1 million who face life-threatening complications each month.
- Reliable access to modern contraceptives sufficient to benefit 20 million women a year.
- Training of thousands of health workers to help ensure at least 90 per cent of all childbirths are supervised by skilled attendants.
- Prevention of gender-based violence, which affects 1 in 3 women.
- Abandonment of female genital mutilation, which harms 3 million girls a year.
- Prevention of teen pregnancies, complications of which are the leading cause of death for girls 15-19 years old.
- Efforts to end child marriage, which could affect an estimated 70 million girls over the next five years.
- Delivery of safe birth supplies, dignity kits and other life-saving materials to survivors of conflict and natural disaster.
- Censuses, data collection and analyses, which are essential for development and planning.
Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett.
In late 2014, the boys installed a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van and visited parks around Brisbane to wash and dry clothes for free. What started as an idea to improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough has evolved into something much bigger and more powerful.
There’s no doubt that clean clothes make all of us feel better about ourselves, but the major impact of Orange Sky does not rely on washers spinning or dryers tumbling. It happens through the hours of conversation that take place on our six orange chairs, which are pulled out at every one of our shift locations.
Each week, all over Australia, thousands of volunteers put other parts of their life aside for a few hours to positively connect with our friends on the street through genuine and non-judgemental conversation. We always partner with service providers such as food vans or drop-in centres, and make sure that we set up at locations where our friends feel most comfortable. The Orange Sky community is made up of people who treat others how they want to be treated.
Orange Sky has since expanded to 29 services across the country, which includes the addition of shower services and remote vehicles. Each week, these vans generate 9.04 tonnes of laundry and provide 111 showers to people in need. Most importantly though, Orange Sky volunteers have engaged in 170,721 hours of conversations to date, helping to challenge the perception of homelessness and positively connect communities all around Australia.