Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Red Nose Day


The 30th of June is Red Nose Day, an organization that has been instrumental in reducing the number of Sudden Infants Deaths in Australia, and that is striving to reduce the number to zero. The heartbreak of losing a child is one that only those who have suffered it can truly understand and it is one that no-one would wish on anyone. To help continued research that saves lives, and support those who have suffered such a tragedy, you can support Red Nose Day. For more information on the important work being done and what you can do to help you can click on this link.

Ride Sunday 2017

What a wonderful idea! Motorcyclists from around the world ride to change the world and make it a better place for everyone. They do this by registering with Ride Sunday and all riding on the 2nd July to raise funds for a charity of their choice. We hope that this time next year we will have our licenses and bikes so we can take part in this marvelous initiative. Good luck to all of those registered, have a safe and successful ride supporting charities who are making a huge difference in our world. For more information you can click on this link.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Close Libyan Slave Markets

The fact that in this world where there should be enough for all there are people fleeing starvation, conflict and persecution is appalling and an indictment on those who know better and do not do better. We all know of the tragic losses of lives as desperate people flee across the seas and the abuses of power by governments who do not abide by International Maritime Law and their obligations to rescue those in trouble at sea.

Then to discover that  some of those poor souls are captured and bought and sold as slaves in Libyan slave markets is yet another example of the horrific way that some people exploit the weak and vulnerable for their own ends. That governments stand by and let this happen, that people feel that it is okay to own a person, is horrifying and this should not be allowed to happen. If you would also like to act to close the Libyan Slave Markets you can click on this link.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Community Pod

Sadly, we live in a world where the news is filled with dreadful, tragic and heart-wrenching stories every day. There are those in this world who use this to divide us and who profit from the misery of  others and it is easy to give up hope. However there are many, many people who are playing their part to make the world a better place for us all.

The team from Community Pod were at the Lifeline stall for the HBF Run For a Reason last month. I talked with them about the social and environmental impacts of their coffee and was so glad to learn that not only are they fair and sustainable in all that they do there is also the ability to donate to a charity of your choice. On top of that the coffee was absolutely delicious. Good luck to them in reaching their goal of selling coffee in such a way that $5 million dollars will be donated to charity every year. For more information you can click on this link.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Scotland - Fair Trade Nation

Our daughter is soon to visit Scotland again for a wedding and is so looking forward to visiting this beautiful country. I visited many parts of Scotland when young and know just how lucky she is to be able to visit. We all support the Fair Trade Movement and were so pleased to read that Scotland has once again been assessed as a Fair Trade Nation in 2017.  This is something to be really proud of and represents a huge amount of work and a great commitment to making the world a fairer, safer and more sustainable place for everyone.

For more information on the wonderful Fair Trade work being done in Scotland you can click on this link.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month - Get Behind It!

We have been selling ribbons to raise funds for Bowel Cancer Australia as June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in Australia.  The work being done by organizations such as Bowel Cancer Australia saves people's lives every day and everyone involved keeps working to reduce the number of deaths. As the second biggest cancer killer in Australia many, many people are affected on a daily basis. So if you would also like to learn more and support this organization as well you can click on this link.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

World Giraffe Day

Sadly, we live in a world where some commit/enable/encourage dreadful crimes against others and every day there are people dying, suffering, afraid and grieving because of this.We have a responsibility to care for the planet and the people so that everyone and everything has the chance to live in peace and fulfill their unique potential and place here.

Thanks goodness there are those who work tirelessly to make the world a better place by protecting nature and the wonderful creatures we have on this planet. In every country of the world there are species that are close to extinction and there are those working tirelessly to save them, and the people who protect them. If you want to learn more about these giraffes and help save them so that the children of the future can also have the joy of seeing them you can click on this link.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

With Courage Let us all Combine

"The Refugee Council of Australia has chosen “With courage let us all combine” as the theme for Refugee Week in Australia for 2015 to 2017.
Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice.
It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home".

The Refugee Council have chosen a particularly poignant verse from the Australian National Anthem to remind us all of the power of humanity, kindness, compassion, courage and diversity.
For more information you can click on this link.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

World Day to Combat Desertification


Sadly, we live in a world where some commit/enable/encourage dreadful crimes against others and every day there are people dying, suffering, afraid and grieving because of this. The importance of acting on good scientific research to save lives cannot be understated. Nor can the funding of scientific research for the good of the people and the planet over that which harms.

 There are many in the science, environment community and agricultural communities who are working together to make this planet a better place for us all to live.  For more information you can click on this link.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Secret World of Palm Oil - #NotInMyTrolley

That we still live in a world where there is so much corruption, abuse of power, denial of human rights, greed and destruction is incredibly sad and a disgrace.

 Amnesty has uncovered the following exploitation of plantation workers:
  • "Children as young as eight are doing hard labour which can cause physical damage. A 10-year-old boy told us he works six days a week. “I don’t go to school…I carry the sack with the loose fruit by myself but can only carry it half full…I do it in the rain as well but it is difficult…My hands hurt and my body aches.”
  • Women are forced to work long hours under threat of pay cuts. They are paid below minimum wage – earning as little as US$2.50 a day in extreme cases.
  • Workers labour for long hours to meet high targets. Tasks are physically demanding, such as cutting fruit from 20-metre-tall palm trees.
The abuse of workers on these plantations is clear – yet these producers are failing to do even basic human rights checks on their supply chain. Something is wrong when six companies turning over a combined revenue of $325 billion in 2015 won’t do something about the abuse of palm oil workers earning a pittance".

The six companies include Nestle, Colgate- Palmolive and Kellog's. For more information and to also help you can click on this link.  Those who are working for the greater good of all are much greater in number than those who are not and together we can make this world a safer and better place for all.