Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CLICKTOSAVE - St John Ambulance

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The CLICKTOSAVE online course by St John Ambulance provides people with an opportunity to learn important first aid skills quickly and efficiently. As you can see for this video this could save someone's life. For more information, you can click on this link.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fair Trade Fortnight - Wellington

We have been lucky enough to visit parts of New Zealand, including Wellington, and hope to one day return and see more of this beautiful country. Wellington has the honour of being the first Fair Trade Capital City in the Southern hemisphere and has been a champion of Fair Trade since 2009. This is a wonderful achievement and reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment to fairness and social justice of the people of New Zealand. For more information on Fair Trade New Zealand you can click on this link.

It is currently Fair Trade Fortnight and the people of Wellington have so much to look forward to and enjoy. For a list of the fabulous events planned you can click on this link.

Imagine a World Without Poverty

We have been investing in the people supported by Good Return since 2011. We are really grateful to have the opportunity to support people who are living in poverty with access to microfinance and the chance to develop skills, themselves and their communities.

Good Return  focuses on the countries in Asisa -Pacific, Australia's neighbours, where currently two-thirds of the world's poorest people live.We too want a world without poverty. If you too want a world without poverty go to the Good Return website at this link.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Self determination - UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

It is deeply saddening that the Indigenous People of Australia are still facing so many challenges and difficulties in our society today. Human rights are for everyone, around the world, irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexuality, age, ability...or any of the other myriad ways that humans stereotype and discriminate against others who are not just like them. If we want a future where everyone can live fully and fulfill their unique potential then this type of behaviour must end. The Declarations of Human Rights by the UN create a guide for 'best practice' for everyone, it is time that Governments/Corporations and Peoples around the world abided by them and made the world a better place for everyone.

For more information you can click on this link.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hope in a Changing Climate

This documentary shows a range of Permaculture Projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda and China  and the amazing and positive differences that can be made whether a community is dealing with the challenges of drought or flooding.

I have watched a great many documentaries and read a great deal about permaculture, and indeed we use the principles in our own home and garden as we are so impressed with the success of this system, and the way it cares for the earth and all of its inhabitants too.

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.


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.