Friday, January 29th, 2010
The chance to give up your day-to-day job and make a difference to the world is running out! Vodafone’s World of Difference program is looking for extraordinary Australians to apply before Sunday February 7 for a special grant to develop and pursue their personal philanthropic ambitions.

The Vodafone Foundation Australia is offering five dream opportunities, complete with full salary and expense accounts, for five passionate, community-spirited people who believe they can make a ‘World of Difference’ in 2010.

In 2009, previous World of Difference winner Ronnie Kahn was able to take her own established community passion OzHarvest, and make it a full-time paid job, an impact that not only satisfied her own passion and goodwill, but that also recently named her Australia's Local Hero 2010 as part of the Australian of the Year for her contribution to the community. Ronnie Kahn founded OzHarvest, a not-for-profit organisation that rescues unwanted food from restaurants, retailers, food outlets and corporate kitchens across Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong to feed communities at risk.

Vodafone World of Difference ambassador and seven-time World Surfing Champion, Layne Beachley, said: “It’s easy to say that we’d like to make the world a better place, but for most of us, time and money are the biggest barriers. World of Difference is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dedicate an entire year to the charity or cause of your choice.”
“If you’re passionate about a cause, but have always been held back by the realities of day-to-day living expenses and financial commitments, Vodafone’s World of Difference could enable you to live your dream – and create your dream job – by making a positive, personal contribution to a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Ronnie Kahn’s achievements demonstrate the personal and community impact this program can provide.”

Layne Beachley believes that her own personal happiness is deeply rooted in her own efforts to create happiness in the community. Beachley’s personal view is supported by the research and findings of ‘Happiness Psychologist’, Aleks Srbinoski.
In the eternal search for happiness, most people agree that money can’t buy happiness, but Vodafone’s World of Difference program taps into one of the five golden rules for a happy life: Be generous of spirit and give willingly to others, explains Srbinoski.
“My message to people is that happiness is in your own hands,” said Srbinoski. Now that you’ve had a chance to settle into 2010, it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate what you’d like to achieve in the year ahead; after a tough 2009 make some proactive changes to put yourself on the right course for a happier, more fulfilling life. Giving your time to help others not only increases their happiness, it helps you as much or more.”

The Vodafone Foundation is calling for entries in the 2010 World of Difference program. Candidates are invited to submit their applications at Applicants should include a summary of their nominated charity or not-for-profit organisation, plus details of their own personal goals and aspirations for their chosen charity or cause in 2010. Entries close on 7 February 2010. A specially-appointed Foundation panel will select five successful participants in March, 2010. The Vodafone Foundation will then pay the five participants’ salaries (up to $50,000 each) and expenses (up to $25,000 each) for the next 12 months.

“We’re looking for people who are going to make a real difference with a positive, personal contribution to their charity,” continued Layne Beachley. “Our past winners have not only demonstrated the power of positive change, but also showed how determination and dedication to a worthy organisation or cause can change not only one life, but the lives of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people.”

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Vodafone Foundation Australia

The Vodafone Foundation Australia is a charitable trust funded by Vodafone Hutchison Australia and Vodafone Group Foundation. In line with Vodafone’s core value of ‘passion for the world around us’, the foundation supports local charities and non-profit organisations. The Vodafone Foundation Australia also creates opportunities for Vodafone staff to contribute to the community, an initiative encouraged by Vodafone Hutchison Australia. Vodafone Foundation Australia Pty Limited ABN 37 100 634 240.
Daniel Chamberlain
P: 99944486
M: 0401286606


Nine days to submit your entry for a year’s paid leave to work for your favourite charity



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