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The Happiness Movement Announces Top 12 Finalists in the Running to Receive AUD$10,000 for their Happiness Project
The Happiness Movement, created to support and reward Australian charities and not-for-profits who help make a difference to the lives of others, is excited to announce its top 12 finalists who are in the running to win AUD$10,000 towards their happiness project.

To combat all the doom and gloom in the world today, internet service provider Vividwireless have created a new initiative to reward and raise awareness for the good deeds carried out by charity workers and not-for-profit groups. Titled, ‘The Happiness Movement’, this social movement, powered by Vividwireless wishes to spread cheer across the country by highlighting the positive contributions these organisations make to the people around them as well as the wider community.

Voting is now open to the public where Aussies can get behind a cause close to their heart by visiting http://www.vividwireless.com.au/thehappinessmovement and voting for their favourite entry via Facebook. To have your vote count simply ‘like’ the button corresponding to that finalist on Vividwireless website during the Voting Period (Wednesday 28th of September to Sunday 9th of October).

The Finalist that receives the highest number of valid votes during the voting period will receive the $10,000 for their Happiness Project. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 11th of October.

“We wanted to highlight the good deeds Australian charities and not-for-profit organisations are doing to help make a difference to the lives of others and continue to spread positivity across the country. The response has been amazing and we have received a number of creative and innovative happiness projects from a wide range of different Charities and not-for-profits. Australia now has the tough job of helping us select an overall winner for “The Happiness Movement,” Claude Brown, Vividwireless General Manager.

Here’s a listing of the finalist entrants from each charity outlining their happiness projects and shedding light on their important causes designed to help Aussies.

1. The Fred Hollows Foundation- $10,000 is enough money to restore sight to 400 people living with avoidable blindness. When you restore someone's sight, you restore their independence and dignity as well. Children are able to go to school, parents are able to work and entire communities are able to grow.

2. The Orange Pigeon- The Orange Pigeon grants wishes to seriously ill adults in Australia to provide moments of happiness and distraction to both them and their families. Wishes range from meet and greets with celebrities, sky diving, helicopter rides and short family holidays and these much needed funds can help make some of these wishes come true.

3.  Assistance Dogs Australia- The practical support, companionship and unconditional love given by an Autism Assistance Dog can be life-changing for an autistic child and his/her entire family.

4. The Shepherd Centre- With $10,000, you can bring joy and happiness into the lives of 70 deaf children and their families through their ‘Magical Music’ therapy program - designed to provide a creative, interactive learning environment to help improve children’s communication through rhythm, melody and song.

5. Willing Older Workers W.O.W! Inc. - Forced into poverty by a society that doesn’t value the skills and wisdom gained from a lifetime of working, they spend their savings just to keep a roof over their family’s head. So W.O.W!’s “Spreading Christmas Cheer” project was born. A gift wrapping day when these wonderful people can choose gifts for their loved ones and wrap them with pretty paper and ribbon.

6. SPARCle for Allergy & Immunology Department at The Children's Hospital at Westmead- $10K would enable them to continue with their many research projects as well as being able to hold an awareness day to promote allergy research to the community and at the same time bring the ‘happiness’ back into childhood.

7. Sydney Legacy - Busselton Camp- Legacy kids have lost a parent, usually a Dad, because of their Australian Defence Force service. Getting these special young Australians to Perth in the summer holiday season is expensive but $10,000 would get them there!

8. The Exodus Foundation- The Exodus Foundation’s Loaves and Fishes Restaurant is a soup kitchen that serves free breakfast and lunch meals to Sydney’s homeless and needy. Currently, some appliances are outdated. Should they be successful with the $10,000 grant, their happiness project would be to purchase 3 new conveyor toasters.

9. batyr- organisation that focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health. $10,000 will allow them to continue to run an energetic, positive mental health programs to approximately 1000 students leading to happier and healthier lives

10. Children's Tumour Foundation- The Children’s Tumour Foundation look after those in the community affected by a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis (NF). $10,000 will go a long way to securing the future of these camps and make them accessible to many in our community.

11. Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation- Art Program (100% funded by donations) looks after the emotional wellbeing of young patients. The Happiness Project funding would make the Hospital a colourful, vibrant and uplifting place, surrounding everyone with positivity and hope.

12. The Jodi Lee Foundation- The Jodi Lee Foundation’s mission is to empower people to take active steps to prevent bowel cancer and live healthy lives. Their Kay-A-Day program is designed to get kids moving and has the potential to change the lives of many young people and their parents.

Interview opportunities are now available with Claude Brown, Vividwireless General Manager along with representatives from the charity finalists. For more information please visit: www.vividwireless.com.au/thehappinessmovement