Archive | September 2015

Join with Amnesty International to call for the truth about the disappeared people in Syria

What’s happening?

Over the last four years, and at the hands of their government, thousands of men women and even children have vanished in Syria. Countless others are being tortured and many are dying in cells around the country, knowing that their families have no idea where they are, for their perceived opposition to the government.

Families have a right to know where their loved ones are. They want to know why their son was taken, where their daughter is being held, if their brother is being tortured, whether their father is alive. Not knowing is unbearable.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International has put together a petition demanding that the Syrian government allows independent monitors into the country to inspect prisons and detention centres where thousands of civilians are being held.

“… tens of thousands of people [have been subjected] to arbitrary detention or enforced disappearance. Many of them have been subjected to torture or other ill-treatment in Syria’s detention centres and thousands are reported to have died in custody as a result. These practices clearly violate international law and the provisions of UN Security Council resolution 2139 and in many cases constitute war crimes. Insofar as they are carried out as part of a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population and as part of state policy, they also amount to crimes against humanity.” – Amnesty International

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

You can join with Amnesty International by signing the petition.

“I call on you to urgently ensure that the UN-mandated Independent International Commission of Inquiry is given unfettered access to all persons deprived of their liberty to investigate and monitor conditions in all detention facilities run by the Syrian government, its security forces and armed groups fighting on behalf of the state, and ensure that the families of those detained are informed about their legal status and whereabouts.” – Amnesty International

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/detention-in-syria/

 

Join with World Animal Protection and help bring about animal welfare to the national agenda

What’s happening?

The Australian community wants better animal welfare standards and wants to see them progress and move forward. As a nation of farmers, producers and animal lovers, our awareness and expectations of good animal welfare are ever growing. Business, retailers and consumers are demanding, and recognising the benefits of better animal welfare standards.

We need national leadership and coordination to implement change and better protect Australian animals. To do this we need an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, to put animal welfare back on the national agenda.

We have an opportunity to create a better life for the millions of animals in our care in Australia: but we need the government to step up with much needed leadership, to drive progress and reform.

World Animal Protection’s efforts

In 2013, the government defunded the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy and disbanded the advisory body for consulation on animal welfare policy. A lack of national leadership on animal welfare results in the direct suffering of animals.

There is no forum for community consultation on animal welfare at the national level. Without national leadership, community consultation and balanced dialogue, progress on animal welfare will not only stall, but could go backwards.

World Animal Protection needs your help to call for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare, to lead the way for animals. They are lobbying for change: asking every major party leader in Australia to support the introduction of an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.

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 with World Animal Protection to call for an Independent Office of Animal Welfare.

“A dedicated, Independent Office of Animal Welfare would focus on the improvement of welfare standards and practices for all Australian animals. It would provide a forum for debate between the community, producers and government in the setting of new standards to prevent animal cruelty. Australia needs to turn things around and offer a better future for our animals.”

World Animal Protection

http://www.worldanimalprotection.org.au/put-animal-welfare-back-national-agenda

 

Join with Avaaz to lift the Gaza blockade

What’s happening?

About one year ago, Israel launched a military operation upon Gaza called Operation Protective Edge. During this, seven weeks of Israeli bombardment, Palestinian rocket attacks, and ground fighting resulted in the deaths of over 2,100 people, the vast majority of them being Gazans, and many more were wounded.

A year later, thousands of children are still sleeping in the rubble of their homes. There is a land, sea and air blockade in place that restricts many goods and aids from being brought into the country.

“For a whole year the Israeli government has restricted basic and essential construction materials from entering Gaza. Not one of the 19,000 homes that were bombed and destroyed has been fully rebuilt.” – Avaaz

“Even though it is a clear violation of international law, Israel’s blockade has restricted basic building materials going in. But no child should be made to live in the ruins of their home, study with bomb blasts through their classrooms, or not get basic health care because clinics have been destroyed.”

Avaaz

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz has joined forces with top aid agencies working in Gaza to launch an emergency campaign to call on key donors to get the materials in. As the main governments paying to rebuild Gaza, they can insist Israel lifts the restrictions.

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 to help lift the blockade in Gaza.

“World leaders have pledged $3.5 billion to rebuild Gaza, but Israeli restrictions on the entry of building material are costing reconstruction efforts incalculable delays. Not one of the 19,000 homes destroyed in Gaza has been rebuilt in the last year. As concerned citizens, we urge you to take action to press for an end to these restrictions now.” – Avaaz

 

 

Join with Animals Australia and help end the brutal duck slaughtering season

What’s happening?

The beautiful wetlands of Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania should be safe havens for wildlife. But instead, in autumn and early winter they become a killing field as the duck shooting season begins. Duck shooting maims and kills countless birds each year. An estimated one in four birds shot escape wounded, only to suffer from their injuries; shattered bills, broken bones and internal injuries.

At the moment, Waterbird breeding levels are the lowest on record. ‘Game’ bird numbers are nearly half the long-term average and wetlands are at drought-like lows.

“In 2007 and 2008, waterbird numbers were dangerously low and conditions were dry, so the duck shooting seasons were cancelled in Victoria and South Australia. Now, a survey in Victoria has found waterbird numbers are even lower, but state governments have still permitted a 2015 season — flying in the face of all credible scientific evidence. – Animals Australia

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia are working to get duck shooting season banned across all states. Duck shooting has already been banned in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia due to the extreme cruelty to birds.

“There will be no more duck and quail hunting in Queensland … It’s time to ban the recreational shooting of ducks and quail. This is not an appropriate activity in contemporary life in the Smart State.” – Queensland Premier Peter Beatty

Supporting Animals 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/

How you can help

You can join the fight to stop the brutal slaughter of ducks during duck season by sending your message to either your state MP if you live in Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory or Tasmania, or to the relevant MPs if you live elsewhere.

Join with Animals Australia and help end duck shooting across Australia:
http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/end-duck-shooting