Archive | April 2015

Join with Avaaz and help protect the Amazon forest

About the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering over five and a half a million square kilometres. Over half of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil but it is also located in other South American countries. The Amazon is vital to life on earth. 10% of the world’s known species live in this magnificent rainforest, and this includes 20% of the world’s bird species that live in the rainforest. It is home to around 2 and a half million different insect species as well as over 40000 plant species, and its billions of trees play a key role in mitigating global climate change.

What’s happening?

Avaaz is at the head of a global campaign to create a huge global push to save the Amazon.

“An ambitious project is underway to create the largest environmental reserve in the world, protecting 135 million hectares of Amazon forest. That’s more than twice the size of France! But it won’t happen unless Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela’s leaders know the public wants it. That’s where we come in.” – Avaaz

What can we do?

Colombia has said that it is on board with the plan to create the largest environmental reserve. Together, we can create a global push to save the forest by combining petitions from Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and the rest of the world, to give the Colombian president the support he needs to convince Brazil and Venezuela.

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

Experts say that this reserve would be a total game-changer for stopping rampant deforestation. Join with Avaaz and sign the petition now, and when it reaches 1 million signers, indigenous leaders will deliver the petition and polls directly to the three governments.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/amazon_corridor_loc/?slideshow

 

Humane Research Australia helps to provide transparency of animal experimentation

What’s happening?

Many animals are used in research and experimented on in laboratories. It is a common misconception that ‘only’ rats and mice and used in these tests. Unfortunately, this is just not true. Farm animals are often used in agricultural research and genetically modified in order to increase yields. Dogs (often greyhounds) are used in terminal surgery labs for training of veterinary students. Beagles are generally the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly and trusting, temperaments. Cats are used in Australia in vision experiments. Even primates are being used in a variety of biomedical experiments, being subjected to a wide range of procedures including brain/vision research, HIV/AIDS research and heart research.

Obtaining information about what actually happens to animals in research can be a difficult and frustrating process.

“These experiments are often funded by Australian taxpayers – so don’t we have a right to know what our precious resources are being spent (or wasted) on?” – Humane Research Australia

Humane Research Australia’s campaign

“Australia does not have a good reputation when it comes to animal usage. We are the fourth highest user, behind only China, Japan and the United States, with no commitment to reduce the numbers used. And unlike more progressive nations we do not have any government-funded institutions dedicated to the development and validation of alternative research methods.” – Humane Research Australia

The campaign works towards providing transparency of experimentation. This is important because it is difficult to have an open discussion about the costs and benefits of animal use when all information is shrouded in secrecy and the public is denied access to what occurs within Australian laboratories.

“Truth never damages a cause that is just.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Supporting Humane Research Australia

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/

You can help

Add your voice to the cause and call for greater transparency and accountability of all research by institutes using animals.

http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/campaigns/through-the-looking-glass

 

 

Help get emergency relief to those affected by Cyclone Pam

Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu on the 6th of March, causing widespread devastation and loss of life in what is considered one of the worst cyclones ever seen in the Pacific region. Up to 90 per cent of housing in Vanuatu’s capital is reported to have been seriously damaged by Cyclone Pam. A total of 15–16 people lost their lives either directly or indirectly as a result of Pam with many others injured.

In Vanuatu, three out of four people rely on farming and fishing to feed their families. Cyclone Pam has destroyed their crops and homes and left hunger, homelessness and the risk of disease in its wake.

Oxfam teams have been responding to the crisis. They have a team on the ground and more humanitarian response experts attempting to travel there.

Oxfam Country Director in Port Vila, Mr Collett van Rooyen, has said that immediate priorities in Vanuatu would be to provide shelter, clean water and sanitation to people, especially those left homeless. Temporary toilets, water purification tablets, soap and water containers would all be vital.

“With more than 250,000 people at risk from the severe tropical cyclone there is real concern of a potentially high death toll and of enormous destruction, particularly given the traditional housing that is so prevalent through the islands. The highly populated island of Efate, which includes the Vanuatu capital Port Vila, was directly in the path of the cyclone, as were a number of outer islands.” – Oxfam

Supporting Oxfam

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/

You can help

“Over the next weeks, it will be crucial for us all to do what we can to support the government and people of Vanuatu to identity solutions, including on food and shelter, and to rebuild.” – Oxfam

You can support Oxfam’s response to humanitarian crises by donating to the Cyclone Pam Appeal:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/cyclone-pam-in-vanuatu/