By: Ivan Maric
Shop for Mother's Day
Ivan Maric writes about his Mother's Day for Ladder.
It’s that time of the year again - Mothers Day. Like most tech-savvy people these days, I’ve jumped online and that’s where I’ll be making all my purchases for mum this year (and probably a few for me along the way).
It’s always the same with mum at Mothers’ Day. She says she doesn’t want us to make a fuss about it and we don’t listen to her, of course, because Mothers Day is the chance for mum to be front and centre and for us to show her how grateful we are for everything she has done.
Mothers Day also gives us an opportunity to stop and think about those less fortunate. Not every child gets the chance to be brought up in a household where their mum is able to be a guiding light in their lives. Too many young people are still incredibly disadvantaged by circumstances beyond their control. For some of these kids, homelessness is forced upon them. Mothers Day for these kids is perhaps nothing more than a greeting card in a shop window.
I did something a few months ago that has changed the way I shop online. I changed my homepage to homepageforthehomeless.org. Yep, it was a little tough to change up from the Tigers website, but I did it. You’re now thinking, how did this change the way I shop online? Well, it really didn’t change anything for me. But it is helping make changes, for the better, for young people less fortunate than you and me.
By shopping through homepageforthehomeless.org, my online purchases can now contribute up to 15% of their value (without me actually paying a single cent more) to Ladder, a charity dedicated to tackling youth homelessness. It’s that simple. A bunch of great stores, including the Apple Store, Amazon, Wotif, The Iconic and The Book Depository can all be accessed through the keyholes on homepageforthehomeless.org and donations flow from there, directly to Ladder, as a percentage of what I spend.
So, if you’re shopping online for your Mothers Day gifts (or even if you’re making a few sneaky purchases for yourself), make a simple change to your homepage, for the chance at making a change to someone else’s life.