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Lean in Newy app rewards good deeds

Many of us struggled during 2020, but Newcastle’s community spirit remained as strong as ever. As some fortunes took a turn for the worse, others were asking how they could help.

In response to the challenge of connecting those who wanted to help with the people and organisations who needed it, the Lean In Newy app was developed.

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said, "We have been hearing from many people in the community wanting to help but not knowing how. Lean In Newy is the answer to those asking, ‘How can I help?’."

The app incentivises community mindedness with challenges including volunteering with charities, connecting with organisations online and learning more about good causes like foster care and Lifeline. There are also videos available that help people get involved with good causes.

Charitable organisations advertising their volunteering opportunities with the app include OzHarvest, Dog Rescue Newcastle and Take 3 For The Sea.

Each completed challenge gives the app user points which can be exchanged for rewards. These rewards are typically discounts for local businesses, who not only get reimbursed by City of Newcastle for each voucher used but also benefit from increased traffic to their business.

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