Dog shelter helps older dogs and families looking for them

Dogs are our furry friends, populating a large percentage of households across the globe. Hust in the US, there are around 76 million dogs. But not every dog gets a perfect home, and the good homes out there can’t always take care of them.

One place for older dogs to go is the Frosted Faces Foundation in Ramona California. 

The nonprofit named itself after the patchy white fur that starts creeping up as dogs get older, and started work to rescue and re-home elderly dogs. Inspired by a love of dogs, the founder’s Kelly and Andy, opened doors in 2014.

“We began volunteering at a shelter and fostering their dogs, really any dog who had spent too much time in his/her kennel,” they wrote on their website. “The trend became that we were fostering the senior dogs who had been relinquished back to the organization, and it was then that we recognized the seniors needed a unique network.”

Just last year the organization had 406 adoptions and one of its primary goals is to make adoption as affordable as possible.

One of the main ways they do this is by covering lifetime medical costs for senior dogs (age 8 or older), offering free emergency boarding, and funding needs like rental housing pet deposits, and fence repair. They also help pet owners plan for their furry friend’s last days with their Final Wish Program. 

“Our motto to this day is, ‘To love, is to act.’”

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.


It’s time to turn your passion into a reality

How often have you had a brilliant idea for a project or start-up, but left it as just that… an idea? It can be all too easy to sit back and wonder what could’ve been – or what may have been. 

We live in an era of side hustles – in fact, a 2022 report by Deloitte found 42% of Gen Zs and 39% of millennials now have a side hustle. (Don’t tell us you haven’t thought about it.)

So how about in 2023, you take a stand? How about you make a difference? Whether it’s an innovative idea that will make life easier for people in the era of the cost of living crisis, or a project to support those who really need it, we know the ideas are in there, waiting to come out.

That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with Crowdfunder UK for their Startups 2023 campaign.

What does that mean? Well, we all know it’s not easy to get an idea off the ground – so they’re offering a little helping hand.

The programme aims to help you get that idea out of your head and make it a reality. Once you register, not only do you get a series of free business masterclasses with guest speakers, but you also put yourself forward for the chance to win £1,000 – on top of what you crowdfund yourself. 

Depending on your startup idea, you might be eligible for the Extra funding from Crowdfunder UK partners – which may be available to help you raise more funds. (Find out a bit more about that here).

Crowdfunder UK has a wealth of businesses, nonprofits and CICs raising money and creating a supportive audience on their platform. 

Of course, the platform also makes it easier as you can gauge feedback on your idea. And as part of the Startup 2023 programme, you’ll receive 0% platform fees if your project goes live before 28 February 2023.

Fill in the form to join Startups 2023 and be in with a chance of winning £1,000 for your startup or side hustle. Join as soon as possible to take advantage of Crowdfunder UK’s free masterclasses to help you on your way.


Crowdfunder Startups 2023 is supported by Smiley Movement.


Bus fares reduced to £2 in England

A number of bus journeys in England are now going for the set price of £2.


That’s right! £60 million has been given in funding by the government to support this venture, with 130 bus operators hopping on for the ride (get it?).

So why is this happening?

The main driver behind the scheme is the cost of living crisis.

While things are looking up, people are still struggling to be able to afford things like transport – especially if it’s for pleasure, rather than for going to work.

The price cap will take a huge financial burden off people who are struggling to afford travel to their jobs, as well as open the doors to allow people to explore this beautiful country, without breaking the bank.

Is this a permanent thing?

As of right now, the scheme will end in March. However, Mayors in West Yorkshire, Liverpool, London and Greater Manchester had already brought in a £2 fare cap, which will continue after March.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.


These New Year’s resolutions will help save our oceans

The Marine Conservation Society has come up with a bunch of great things you can do to save our oceans in 2023 – and they don’t cost a thing.

Can you make a resolution for the planet this year? See their resolutions below…

Tackle chemical pollution

Chemicals play a big part in all our lives, but harmful chemicals are not just found in things like cleaning products and paint, some of them are found in everyday items like non-stick pans and waterproof coats.  

These chemicals are known as ‘forever chemicals’ and they’re making their way into the ocean, causing havoc with marine life. The Marine Conservation Society is demanding the UK Government protects our blue planet from chemical pollution, including a ban of all ‘forever chemicals’ from all non-essential uses. 

Help to Stop Ocean Poison by signing the petition and sign up to the charity’s free newsletter to find out about ocean actions you can take throughout the year and hear about latest campaign updates. 

Become a citizen scientist 

Getting involved in projects which provide data and insight to scientists is a fantastic way to proactively help protect the ocean and planet. Anyone can become a citizen scientist, and the Marine Conservation Society has various projects to get involved with, and you don’t necessarily need to be by the sea: 

Big Seaweed Search

Seaweed tells scientists a lot about the state of the sea. By learning what species of seaweed can be found around the UK coast, scientists can better understand things like ocean warming and acidification. Simply download the survey form, head to the coast and identify what seaweed you see. 

Wildlife sightings

Wildlife is regularly spotted around the UK, and identifying what animals are coming to our shores really helps scientists understand the impacts of climate change on wildlife. If you see jellyfish or turtles when at the coast, let the Marine Conservation Society know via this sightings page.  

Dive (or snorkel) in

The Marine Conservation Society’s Seasearch programme works with volunteer divers and snorkelers in UK and Irish seas and offers an exciting way to learn about marine life whilst collecting information to help track the health of the ocean.

Explore the Marine Conservation Society’s Our Blue Heart project, and find ways to get involved at the coast on the charity’s website.  

Sustainable food doesn’t have to be expensive 

Use the Good Fish Guide Seafood Checker for an easy way to find the most sustainable seafood options. Choose seafood rated green on the Guide to minimise your impact on the marine environment.  

Visit the Marine Conservation Society website to learn more about what you can do this year to help save our oceans, without breaking the bank.

This article aligns with the UN SDGs Climate Action and Life Below Water.


Over $6m raised for Damar Hamlin’s charity after cardiac arrest

During the first quarter of a Monday night football game on 2 January, Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, suffered cardiac arrest following a relatively routine tackle.

Following nine minutes of CPR, he was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 

But out of the devastating news has come some light: the NFL community and larger sports community have come out in a full show of support. 

Shortly before being drafted to the NFL in 2021, Hamlin started a toy drive for kids in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, called the Chasing M’s Foundation. He started this in his final year at the University of Pittsburg.

“As I embark on my journey to the NFL, I will never forget where I come from and I am committed to using my platform to positively impact the community that raised me,” Hamlin wrote on the foundation’s GoFundMe page.

The GoFundMe originally had a goal of $2,500, and at the time of writing, it’s raised over $6 million with nearly 200 thousand individual donations. 

“Following his injury on the field tonight, fans across the country are showing their support for him and his family by donating to his fundraiser,” GoFundMe tweeted Monday night.

This is part of a larger charitable streak by Bills fans, known as the Bills Mafia. When Bills Quarterback Josh Allen lost his grandmother, they donated $1.1 million to build a new wing at a local hospital.

They also raised $75,000 for the favorite charity of a rival player, the Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, after he was removed from a 2021 playoff game for a concussion.

In an overnight update, the Bills said Hamlin’s “heartbeat was restored on the field and he was transferred to the UC Medical Center for further testing and treatment. He is currently sedated and listed in critical condition.”

This article aligns with the UN SDG Partnership of the Goals.


Seaweed forests are a bonus for the environment

Seaweed forests are far more extensive than realised, new research has shown – and they’re a great tool in preventing climate change.

Tell me more.

Kelp is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet and is capable of absorbing carbon dioxide from seawater and the atmosphere.

A study in September 2022 discovered that seaweed forests are much, much larger than we first realised – making this planet even more vital to taking action on climate change.

Because seaweed isn’t nearly as well researched as, say, coral reefs, many of these ‘underwater forests’ aren’t even mapped, let alone utilised in the fight against climate change.

What good is seaweed anyway?

As it turns out, really good! Apart from the points mentioned above, it is also edible (and delicious), a really sustainable food source, and full of nutrients.

This also makes it a great alternative to foods like corn and soya beans when it comes to animal feed, as it’s still very nutritious, but much better for the planet.

Not only that, but it can even be used as an alternative to plastic. Who knew seaweed had so many different uses?

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.


Great news: a new cancer treatment is on trial

A new therapy for treating breast cancer has been approved for trials – and it’s giving us Star Trek vibes.

Keep going

The new ‘proton beam’ therapy has been trialled on three individuals so far and looks like it will be successful. This trial by the NHS is the first of its kind globally, and will hopefully change the way we think about cancer treatments forever.

Patients are being treated either at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, or at the University College London hospital.

What does proton beam therapy look like?

Proton beam therapy will hopefully replace radiotherapy for many patients – for one thing, the high-tech treatment is far more precise and therefore helpful for tumours in hard-to-reach places.

But also because radiotherapy can sometimes cause long-term heart problems for patients, particularly those who have experienced heart issues already.

How long until this is commonplace?

Only three people have completed the trial so far, so we’re a long way off yet – but things look promising.

Before the end of the trial, 192 patients from all across the UK will go through proton beam therapy, hopefully giving us a more effective way to treat cancer.

Live long and prosper.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.


The volunteer giving dogs an extra paw on Christmas Day

A dog lover in Leeds is going the extra mile this Christmas to make sure all pups are taken care of.

Tell me more!

Evelyn Grice from Beeston has been volunteering with Dogs Trust since 2008. She volunteers twice a week at one of their rescue centres, and this year has decided to give up her Christmas day to make sure her furry friends are happy.

What does volunteering on Christmas day look like?

Well, for Evelyn, this year it looks like spending the day in the laundry room! But she doesn’t seem to mind. Here’s what she said about it:

“I love volunteering, whatever I am doing. For many years I walked the dogs and on Christmas morning I will join the team taking the dogs out, but now my main job is doing the laundry so that’s what I’ll be doing. It is of course never-ending, from towels to beds, and it doesn’t stop just because it’s Christmas! But knowing the dogs have lovely clean bedding to snuggle into makes it all worthwhile.” 

Happy Christmas to Evelyn, and all her four-legged friends!

This article aligns with the UN SDGs Life on Land and Partnership for the Goals.


The children saving batteries from landfills

Four schools in Wales are being celebrated for a very exciting reason.

Go on, tell us!

Alright, alright! Four primary schools in South Wales have been participating in Caerphilly County Borough’s annual battery recycling initiative. 

What have they been doing?

The initiative is in partnership with the European Recycling Platform and involves children bringing in batteries from home that would ordinarily be thrown away so that they can be recycled and kept out of mainstream waste.

How much of a difference has it made?

A pretty massive one! All of the participating schools compete against one another and, in the process, they recycled over one tonne of batteries this year. That’s about as heavy as six reindeer!

Although all the schools put up a valiant effort, only four could be victorious. This year those schools were Cwmaber Juniors, Ysgol Penalltau, Libanus Primary and Ty Isaf Infants Schools.

Each winning school won £100 in Amazon vouchers, with Cwmaber Juniors winning an additional £100 voucher for having the largest weight, with their recycled batteries coming in at 92 kilograms.

Congratulations, everyone!

This article aligns with the UN SDG Responsible Consumption and Production.

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11-year-old helps give gifts to foster children

The holidays are a time for giving, love, and sharing. No matter what you celebrate the entire season is a time for togetherness and joy, but some people don’t have the resources or opportunities to celebrate the holidays usually as the result of financial constraints. 

Some people see that happening and want to help. This particular person was just 11 years old. 

Jonathan or ‘J.J.’ Werner is 11 years old and a Scout and was inspired to help kids in foster care in his area. Through popcorn sales with the Scouts, he raised money to buy hundreds of gifts for kids in foster care. 

To see his vision through he sold $46,194 worth of popcorn, $5,800 of which he could use to buy presents for the kids in need. 

Jonathan was inspired by his dad’s upbringing in foster care, hoping to provide something to kids that it sounded like his dad didn’t have.

“My dad spent 14 years in foster care and based upon stories that he had being in foster care, it doesn’t really sound like they had much of a Christmas,” he said.

His mother helped him see the vision through, helping him shop for and wrap the presents as well as using her van to deliver the presents in Kanabec County and Isanti County. All in all, he helped provide presents for 120 kids. 

“I adopted all the foster care kids in Kanabec County and Isanti County for Christmas,” Jonathan said.

This article aligns with the UN SDG No Poverty.