Archive | March 2015

Support a life-saving No Fly Zone over Northern Syria

 

The story so far

The Syrian air force just dropped chlorine gas bombs on children in northwest Syria. Activists have alleged that the regime dropped barrel bombs containing chlorine gas on the residential town in two attacks. The victims were six people, all from the same family, three of which were young children.

This is not the first time Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people. The latest allegations come just days after the UN Security Council condemned the use of chemical weapons, including chlorine, in Syria.

No Fly Zone

The US, Turkey, UK, France and others are right now seriously considering enforcing a safe ‘No Fly’ zone in Northern Syria. Advisers close to President Obama support it, but he is worried he won’t have public support.

“A safe zone, enforced by the US, Turkey, UK, France and other governments, is a modest step that can de-escalate the conflict and help stop the slaughter of civilians. It would not drag the west into a ground war. Experts say the Syrian military won’t be able to successfully challenge a No Fly Zone.”

Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How we can help

“As long as Assad has control over the airspace, he will think he can win this brutal war by bombing communities into submission. But if we support the No Fly Zone, it can stop now.”  – Avaaz

With public support, we can convince world leaders to enforce a No Fly Zone over Northern Syria. Add your support now by signing the petition.

“As citizens around the globe horrified by the slaughter of innocents in Syria, we call on you to enforce an air exclusion zone in Northern Syria, including Aleppo, to stop the bombardment of Syria’s civilians and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those most in need.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/syria_safe_zone_loc_fb_tg_tst/

 

Prepare a disaster plan for your pet with the help of World Animal Protection

 

What’s the story?

Disasters can be deadly because they can strike at any time and without warning. Bushfires, storms, floods, tropical cyclones and hot weather are a reality of living in Australia. The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency depends largely on emergency planning done today. If the worst happens, having a plan in place for your pet will mean you can be prepared, act early and stay safe. Your plan could mean the difference between life and death.

The Black Saturday bushfires

The experiences of Black Saturday have highlighted the lack of effective strategies in dealing with protecting pets during natural disasters.

“The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission investigation into the bushfires found that human safety was compromised due to lack of preparation by households. Many people have strong connections to their pets – and many lives were lost returning to the fire scene at a late stage to retrieve animals.” – World Animal Protection

What can we do?

Experts generally state that the four main steps to prepare for disaster are to be informed, to make a plan, to be prepared and to know your neighbours. World Animal Protection aims to help with your preparedness by compiling a free, downloadable Disaster Pack that includes a complete checklist of emergency survival items and important information to prepare a disaster plan for your pet.

Supporting World Animal Protection

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

Prepare your disaster plan now

Preparing a disaster plan for your pet saves valuable time and prevents you making rash decisions when disaster strikes. Your plan could save the lives of your pet, yourself and your family.

Download a free copy now from World Animal Protection:

http://protectyourpet.worldanimalprotection.org.au/

 

 

Join with Greenpeace and demand accurate seafood labels

 

What’s the problem?

Australia’s seafood labelling laws fail consumers, fishers and the environment. We consume an estimated 370,000 tonnes of seafood a year. Over the years, domestic production has failed to keep up. As a result, Australia is now a net importer of seafood with more than 70 per cent of seafood coming from overseas. Despite this, the majority of Australians believe they are mostly purchasing Australian seafood: a perception which, according to Greenpeace, is perpetuated by inadequate labelling.

Current labelling laws don’t require food brands, restaurants, or other seafood sellers to accurately identify the species of seafood sold or disclose where it was caught.

“Around the globe many fish stocks are declining. Poor practices in some fisheries are threatening fish species, destroying habitats and undermining workers’ rights. Consumer health is at risk. For example some shark species contain high levels of mercury, but because of poor labelling people eat it unaware of the consequences.” – Greenpeace

What can we do?

Greenpeace’s campaign ‘Label my Fish’ is designed to see new Australian laws requiring more complete and accurate information on seafood labels, in particular; what species of fish it is, where it is from and how it was caught or farmed.

“Simple measures, requiring labelling of what fish we are eating, where it is from and how it was caught, are long overdue and will bring Australia into line with the European Union.” – Greenpeace CEO David Ritter

Supporting Greenpeace

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Your message to the Federal Government will help urge them to reform Australian seafood labelling laws to allow us to make an informed choice about what seafood we buy and eat.

Send your message to the Federal Government and demand accurate seafood labels now:

http://labelmyfish.com/

 

 

You can help stop torture in the Philippines

 

What’s been happening?

In the Philippines, no-one arrested by the police is safe from torture. Torture has been a crime in the Philippines since 2009 but despite an increase in reports of torture by police, no-one has been brought to justice.

Torture is a real possibility for anyone arrested in the Philippines, and it is happening to men, women and children. Torture is a crime in the Philippines and by using it during interrogations, the police – sworn to “serve and protect” – have themselves broken the laws they are meant to enforce.

“”I was held on either arm by two men and the third man sat on my lap. The blindfold was removed and replaced by a towel on my face. They commenced to put water over the towel on my face. I had … the sensation of drowning.” – Sixtos Carlos Jr, torture victim from the Philippines.

Although torture is a crime in the Philippines, to date not one torture survivor has seen justice. The few victims who do manage to initiate proceedings against their torturers find themselves confronted with a dauntingly complex criminal and administrative complaints system.

Amnesty International strives to help

Amnesty International’s secretary general Salil Shetty has released a damning report on the ongoing use of torture by the security forces in the Philippines. The report documents horrific stories of abuse across the Philippines – including cases where people received electric shocks, were waterboarded or near-asphyxiated.

Shockingly, a high number of the torture cases in the report occurred when the victims were younger than 18.

The Amnesty report highlights the lack of accountability for torturers and the barriers to justice faced by victim-survivors of torture. Amnesty International are working towards ending torture in the Philippines and now you too can help.

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

How you can help

Send your message and call on President Aquino to admit the problem and stop the torture. He must show that no one in the Philippines is above the law, not even the police, and that no one gets away with torture.

Act now:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/action-stop-torture-police-in-the-philippines/

Join with Avaaz and help stop Boko Haram’s reign of terror

 

Who are Boko Haram?

Boko Haram is an Islamist terrorist movement based in northeast Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon. The group is led by Abubakar Shekau and has been linked to al-Qaeda and ISIL.

Boko Haram killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, in attacks occurring mainly in northeast, north-central and central Nigeria. They seek the establishment of an Islamic state in Nigeria. It opposes the Westernization of Nigerian society and the concentration of the wealth of the country among members of a small political elite, mainly in the Christian south of the country.

What’s happening?

Boko Haram just used a 10-year-old girl as a bomb-detonator right after massacring up to 2,000 people. There is a reign of terror in Northern Nigeria.

But Nigerian President Jonathan has said almost NOTHING about this in his election campaign, and his brutal army, instead of protecting civilians, is fuelling the insurgency.

The only good news is that the escalating violence has renewed pressure to act. Now, the UN has finally issued a Presidential Statement that puts the primary responsibility on Nigeria and its neighbours to protect civilians and respect human rights, and calls for an effective regional military operation with increased support.

What can we do?

We can now turn this declaration into action by signing and sharing this urgent call to action, developed by Avaaz.

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

http://thewishingwell.org.au/

Act now

Join with Avaaz and act now to support this cause. Send your message to the President and Members of the UN Security Council.

“We are horrified by the latest killings by Boko Haram in Nigeria. It is time the world prioritised action to end this brutal conflict.”

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/