The 3things team have been scouring high and low to find the best comps in the country running at the moment that reward you for making the world a better place. Design, film-making, coffee-drinking - there's something for everyone. Just scroll down to see what give-aways are happening now.
My First Speech Competition
The ‘My First Speech’ Competition will give two students in years 10 to 12, across Australia, the chance to deliver a speech at Parliament House!
The Competition encourages students to think about what issues really matter to them and engage with issues that affect Australia in a real and practical way.
To enter the competition, students must think about what they would do if they were a newly elected member of the House of Representatives, and record a video of their proposed speech. Two students will be selected, and the lucky winners will present their speech at Parliament house for its 25th anniversary open day on the 24th August.
On top of the opportunity to speak at Parliament House and a trip to Canberra, students and their schools will receive cash and other prizes!
As Speaker of the House of Representatives Anna Burke says, “It is a great way for schools around the country to connect with our federal parliament and our national capital during an important year for both.”
For more information, go to aph.gov.au/myfirstspeech
Can't live without coffee? Show us how much you love your daily cuppa and we'll help feed your habit with a Fair Trade hamper from Oxfam!
If you feel flat without your flat white, love bouncing off the walls after a triple shot soy macchiato, or you worship at the altar of the espresso machine, but you also care about where your beloved coffee comes from, then this comp is for you.
Get creative with your coffee (your Fair Trade coffee, of course) and send us a photo that shows us how much you love a good cuppa.
You could have a go at barista art, like this guy:
Send us a snap of your unusual coffee mug, like this girl:
Or make a Mona Lisa out of coffee cups, like so:
OK, we understand if that last one might fall into the 'too hard' basket, but you get the picture!
Instagram or tweet your pic @3thingsproject
...or if you're old skool you can just email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comp closes May 19!
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade is an international certification system working to improve conditions for millions of producers around the world. Under the Fair Trade system, farmers are paid a decent price for their goods. They're also encouraged to produce food in more sustainable and ecological ways.
Find out more at oxfamfair.org.au
3things Of The Week - win chocolate!
Each week we choose the best 3things added to our website and post them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and most importantly, we post a block of yummy Oxfam Fair Trade chocolate to the lucky winner!
The GROW Challenge
Six months - Six challenges.
Oxfam Australia is hosting six months of sustainable and fair eating challenges to help ensure that everybody has enough food, always.
Be part of a growing movement of people who want to use their everyday buying and cooking power to create sustained change in the world.
How? By taking up actions such as eating seasonal, organic, and sustainable foods; supporting small-scale farmers in developing countries; eating less meat and dairy; reducing food waste, and saving energy in the kitchen.
And of course there are great prizes to be won!
Design Oxfam's next cookbook cover
The cookbook features recipes from Julie Goodwin, Stephanie Alexander, Guy Grossi, Iain Hewitson, Justine Schofield and Maggie Beer. All of the original vegetarian recipes use seasonal or local produce and encourage energy efficient cooking methods.
The Oxfam Shop Vegetarian Cookbook has time and again been one of the Oxfam Shop’s best selling items since it was first published 24 years ago in 1989. Last updated in 1995, the fifth edition of the Vegetarian Cookbook is due for release in 2013, and will be a celebration of Oxfam Australia’s 60th anniversary.
Read more about this competition on Oxfam's Design for Change website...
The ABC's HEYWIRE is an annual competition for young people from regional Australia. It's also a powerful platform for your stories, ideas and opinions.
The Heywire competition calls for stories about you and the community where you live.
Each year, the best stories that have been uploaded to the Heywrie website are chosen to be broadcast across the ABC on Triple J, Radio National and Local Radio.
Anyone can upload stories to the website, but you have to be aged between 16 and 22, and live outside Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide or Perth, to be eligible to win the annual Heywire Competition.
The winning entrants (roughly 40) get the chance to go to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra in February - all expenses paid!
Entries are open now for the 2013 Heywire competition. Upload your story before Monday, September 17.