Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Autism Acceptance - Thomas Sanders and Team



I have just been introduced to Thomas Sanders by one of my sons and loved this first video that we watched together about Autism Acceptance. It is wonderful to see people taking the time to learn about others in a respectful and thoughtful manner and a joy to watch people have the chance to share their own knowledge and understandings of a topic. Thanks goodness there are so many people who are eager to learn and share knowledge!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

She Rides AU



I started cycling again last year and absolutely love it. I have just found out about this program and thought others may benefit from it too. Unfortunately in some areas it is not as safe to ride as others and not everyone is as bike aware so it is good to see that there are programs to help and areas off road to ride as well. Hopefully as more people ride the awareness of drivers will rise regarding driving near to cyclists of all kinds (and indeed all other road users).

Friday, July 21, 2017

Russia: Crackdown on Social Media Users



When you live in a country like Australia it is easy to forget how fortunate we are to have the right/responsibility to vote, free speech and media. This is not the case for many, many people in the world and this impinges human rights and holds back the potential/progress of these citizens and indeed these countries. We hope that one day everyone in the world has the right to vote and is provided an opportunity to do so that is convenient, free and counted properly. We also hope that one day everyone has the right to provide feedback and offer opinions on the way their country is being run without fear. As well we hope that one day everyone in the world has access to independent media/social media which is well researched and able to cover the issues that will improve the world for us all.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Frugal Science - Paperfuge



Fantastic talks and work by TED Fellow Manu Prakash who is on a mission to bring radical new technology to global health using frugal science. So lucky to have so many people sharing their skills to help others.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Playground Ideas



We have just learnt about this inspiring organization, Playground Ideas, which is an Australian non-profit organisation that equips anyone, anywhere, to build a stimulating space for play. As well they only use only local/repurposed materials, tools, and skills, meaning that many communities that could never afford such a valuable resource can do so.

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So far they have supported over 1,400 communities around the world to build play spaces, benefiting over 700,000 children and their communities. Play is vital for the health, happiness and well being of children so it is wonderful that through organizations like this more children will have a chance to play. For more information you can click on this link.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Red Nose Day

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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 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

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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.

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