Archive | July 2015

Join with Avaaz and help ensure the safe and legal resettlement of refugees in Europe

What’s happening?

During the first six months of the year, war, conflict or persecution were the reasons most of the 137,000 desperate people made the perilous journey to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. The number of deaths at sea rose to record levels in April 2015, and then dropped dramatically in May and June. EU governments have been voting on an emergency humanitarian plan to save lives and provide safe refuge.

Avaaz’s efforts

In mid-July, after messages, phone calls, and meetings with key Ministries, EU leaders approved an unprecedented EU wide Migration plan. They have tripled the search and rescue budget for the Mediterranean, and will offer sanctuary to more than 50,000 people escaping war.

Avaaz will continue to push Europe to ensure they increase safe routes into Europe as the best way to address this massive humanitarian crisis.

“Europe has a clear responsibility to help those seeking protection from war and persecution. To deny that responsibility is to threaten the very building blocks of the humanitarian system Europe worked so hard to build. European countries must shoulder their fair share in responding to the refugee crisis, at home and abroad.” – UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres

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 you can help

Join with Avaaz and sign the petition’s call for compassion that will be delivered to the European Commission and all EU Heads of State and Government.

“As concerned citizens, we welcome the Commission’s Agenda on Migration as a first necessary step towards a strong and humane asylum system across the EU. We call on you to urgently adopt a comprehensive plan that saves lives, ensures the safe and legal resettlement of refugees, and establishes a fair and binding system to receive and assist people seeking refuge in Europe. We oppose any military action that hinders rescue efforts or puts those seeking sanctuary at risk.”

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

 

 

Join with Amnesty International in their campaign; Africa is not for sale

What’s happening?

In Africa, the continent with the youngest population on the planet, poverty, inequality and unemployment are on the rise. The continents leaders like to speak of an “Africa Rising” – about economic and corporate success, but when it comes to the future of the continent and humanity as a whole, young people are often left out of the conversation.

“Youth aged between 15 and 24 make up roughly 60% of the continent’s unemployed, while 72% of African youth live in extreme poverty on less than US$2 per day.”

Things are starting to change, because the youth of Africa are now standing up for themselves and going after the future they want, and they need our help.

“Africa’s young people are calling on multinational corporations and African leaders to stop auctioning off their future in the name of impressive economic growth. #AfricaNot4Sale”

Amnesty International’s campaign

In April, Amnesty International worked with young African activists representing women’s rights groups, LGBTI and disability organisations to launch the #AfricaNot4Sale campaign. At the Johannesburg stock exchange, throughout the day, the screens displayed their campaign message: that Africa’s resources and future are not for sale to the highest bidder. Together, they are pushing for human rights and youth development to define Africa’s future. They are demanding that Africa’s youth be included as part of decision making processes, especially on human rights issues that directly impact their future.

“Young people across the continent – regardless of age, race, religion or class – continuously demonstrate that rather than remaining victims of circumstances beyond their control, they are indeed active agents of change capable of changing their countries’ political trajectories.”

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

Join with Amnesty International and support the campaign to help the youth of Africa:
https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/africa-not-4-sale/

 

Join with Oxfam and call for action on climate change

What’s happening?

The Cabinet is set to decide Australia’s future climate targets and the Prime Minister needs to hear from us who want the government to do the right thing by families and farmers.

“The wrong choice — climate inaction — means choosing a future where the impacts of extreme weather events, like Tropical Cyclone Pam, are intensified.” – Oxfam

Oxfam’s efforts

Oxfam took action outside Parliament House, where they were joined more than 50 civil society organisations in calling for urgent action on climate change. Read the joint open letter to the government here .

“International momentum towards a strong and effective global climate agreement is building by the day. And we need to make sure we’re not being left behind by the rest of the world. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to ending global hunger.” –  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/

How you can help

You can add your voice to the cause in a number of ways. Ring the PM’s office and let your thoughts be known. Oxfam have compiled a number of different things you could say, including;

  • I, along with millions of Australians, want to my government take real leadership on climate. Now is the time to move with the rest of the world and take the bold action required
  • Climate change is a major threat in the fight against poverty and hunger. We know that climate change is hitting poorer countries the hardest, and that Australia needs to do more.
  • The science is clear! Australia should cut our emissions by at least 40% below 2000 levels by 2025 and at least 60% by 2030, and aim to reach zero emissions well before mid century.

Make your call now:
https://www.oxfam.org.au/2015/07/call-the-captain/

Or, write to key Cabinet members:
https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/act/times-up-pm/?utm_source=blog-crossroads

 

 

Join with World Animal Protection to help protect marine life

What’s happening?

On World Ocean Day, June 8th, World Animal Protection and their friends from the company Havaianas teamed up to clean up rubbish and discarded fishing gear from Kyeemagh Beach, Sydney. They collected over 150kg of rubbish from this one beach alone. Volunteers from across Australia took to their beaches to help stop the suffering of sea animals.

“Thousands of marine animals and birds are maimed and killed every year, due to fishing equipment, known as ghost gear, being lost and discarded in the sea and on our beaches.” – World Animal Protection

World Animal Protection’s efforts

World Animal Protection has launched a Sea Change campaign to combat this problem. The Sea Change campaign seeks to save one million marine animals by 2018.

“By bringing together governments, businesses and fishing organisations, we can protect sea life and move towards a future free from the ghost fishing gear threat. “– World Animal Protection

The Sea Change campaign by World Animal Protection will be working in three ways to protect the sea animals;

  • Bring together partners to stop gear being abandoned
  • Support new ways to remove ghost gear from the seas
  • Help to replicate successful local sea animal rescue efforts on a global scale.

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/

How you can help

You can join the campaign to help protect the marine life by taking an active role with World Animal Protection. They have outlined three ways in which you can help out, as a member of the public;

Find out more and help protect marine life from ghost fishing gear:
http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/our-work/animals-wild/sea-change-campaign-tackling-ghost-fishing-gear

 

You can help stop the extinction of the majestic elephant

What’s happening?

At the current rate of killing, elephants may be extinct by 2030. Every day, elephants are killed for their ivory tusks. They are sometimes shot from helicopters, cut into with machetes often while they are still alive, just to produce ivory trinkets for the ivory trade. The killings are also managed by organised criminals that are using the proceeds to fund some of the most dangerous terror groups in the world.

Elephants are intelligent animals, as close to humans in their intelligence as are apes. They have the capacity to be emotionally devastated by death, as they can understand death and what happens to them, to the point of being able to identify elephant bones and grieve over them.

“Poaching is so emotionally devastating that it can take a herd 20 years to recover!” – Avaaz

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz is working towards ending the slaughter of elephants for good.

“… now there’s reason to hope: China just announced it will phase out its ivory industry and there is legislation in eleven US states calling for a ban on ivory trading. It’s a tipping point moment in this fight for these majestic animals and we can make sure demand everywhere dries up by funding a flood of campaigns in the US and Thailand and Vietnam to kill the biggest ivory markets anywhere.” – 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 you can help

Join with Avaaz and help stop the slaughter of elephants. Your contribution will go towards Avaaz’s species-saving work. You can help save the elephant from extinction.

“With 1/10 of the population being killed each year, there is no time to lose; our elephants need champions today. The future of this magnificent species is in your hands.” – Avaaz