Sunday, February 26, 2017

Pink Mushrooms for Pink Stumps

This is a great initiative by the team at Life Cykel mushrooms, you can grow some of your own food and support the McGrath Foundation at the same time. The video below shows why the McGrath Foundation exists and what is does. For more information on purchasing the mushrooms you can click on this link. 

For more information on the McGrath Foundation you can click on this link.

The Truth About Adani

We are shocked and disappointed that governments in Australia are dealing with this company and indeed even planning on subsidizing this huge corporation. Get Up have researched Adani and produced a report detailing the issues.  If you want to learn more about this you can click on this link.

TADWA - Enriching Lives

This great video shows the important work being done by the employees and volunteers at TADWA. A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit TADWA with a group of students and was so impressed with the work that they do providing solutions for independence, and fun, for those living with a disability or effected by aging.


 For more information you can click on this link.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Leuser Ecosystem

This beautiful place, home to the Acehnese people and an astonishing range of wildlife and plants, is being destroyed for a quick profit.

This is another reminder of what we all risk losing and how our everyday actions impact this area and the impact that these huge corporations are having. Seeing the children with masks on so that they can cope with the burning of their forests due to the demand for palm oil for snack foods is sobering.

  We want to live in a world where the big picture, the small details and the long term is considered, hopefully ensuring a brighter future for all. For more information you can click on this link.

7 Human Rights Power Couples We Love - Amnesty International

As members of Amnesty International we sign many petitions and know how hard their employees work, along with volunteers and members, worldwide to promote human rights. There are millions of ordinary people around the world working towards better human rights for all every single day which is a wonderful thing. Like many of these people we work and so have limited time and money so it is great to see people who have much more money and fame putting that to good use to stand up for human rights too.

This article in the latest newsletter tells the stories of seven human rights couples who are doing just that. For more information you can click on this link.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Families for Freedom


We have just heard about The Families for Freedom movement in Syria where more than 100,000 peaceful Syrians are facing torture in their country’s dungeons for just wanting a better future for their country. Led by five women, bravely breaking the silence to free, not just their loved ones,  but every Syrian who is wrongfully detained.

We are fortunate that we have never been in such a position and can only imagine the torment and anguish caused when governments around the world mistreat their citizens in this way. We admire all of those who are working peacefully towards a better future, with courage, determination, and hope. For more information you can click on this link.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

On and On - War and Pierce

Uploaded on Feb 21, 2017 by Playing For Change...
We are excited to share a video from a talented 21st Century Blues singer/songwriter duo and friends of ours, War & Pierce. "On and On" is a powerful testament to how far we've come as a human race but also speaks to how far we have to go in order to reach freedom and justice for all. Let us not forget that WE have to be the change we want to see in the world and as the song says, "It's our right, to right the wrong." ( Extracted from

As supporters of Playing For Change we are notified when  new music is published and appreciate the dedication, love, skill and talent that goes into creating each piece. All of this is done to improve the world we live in and create a better future for the children of the world. If you would like more information you can click on this link.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Boots for Health

For the first time in my life I have had to buy some steel capped boots as I will be teaching in areas this semester where they are needed. I planned on buying black or brown boots but quickly changed my mind when I found out that I could support Breast Cancer Care WA by buying a purple pair.

For more information about the boots you can click on this link.
For more information about Breast Cancer Care WA you can click on this link.

It is great to see that the same company have also teamed up with Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and beyondblue to support Australian men’s health issues.

For more information you can click on this link.

When you have to buy items it is so great that they can also benefit others. I am also glad that I found out about this and learnt more about the organizations that they support.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spring Dale Public School Patiala - Celebrating the Environment

Whenever I feel despair and disgust at the way some people are behaving in this world I look at the children and feel hope. This lovely video celebrates Sikh Environment Day at Spring Dale Public School Patiala in Punjab, India.

I don't understand the language, but that doesn't matter.  These wonderful children, through their work and performances, show their passion for protecting the environment and anyone and everyone can see and feel joy at that. Young or old, or in between, we all have a role to play in caring for the earth and each other, just as these beautiful young people are doing.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Stand with the Families of Pope Mountain

If you too would like to stand with the families of Pope Mountain or learn more about their desperate situation you can click on this link.