Archive | November 2014

Give a much-needed gift this Christmas with Oxfam Unwrapped

What is Oxfam Unwrapped?

Oxfam Unwrapped charity gifts arE, without doubt, the best charity gift cards in the world.

When you buy an Oxfam Unwrapped gift, your donation helps support Oxfam Australia’s life-changing work around the world. And the person you’re buying the gift for will receive a clever card explaining how their gift is helping others. Your tax-deductible donation will fund a range of projects, including the project featured in your card. So when you buy a goat card for example, you’ll not only be funding goat projects but education, health, advocacy and emergency projects as well. All the gifts are real items that we use to fight poverty. And don’t worry, Oxfam never actually ships goats overseas, they are sourced locally.

There are gifts from all different price ranges and for many sorts of projects, including activists, animal lovers, birthday, Christmas, emergency, gardening, occasions, parents and teachers, women and girls.

Oxfam Unwrapped is a chance for you to share with your family, friends or loved ones the gift of making a real difference to someone’s life.

More than 1 million Oxfam Unwrapped gifts have been purchased from the quirky charity gift range since the program began in 2005, raising over $40 million for Oxfam’s life-changing work.

Now celebrating its 10th anniversary year, Oxfam Unwrapped spokesperson Jez Hunghanfoo is encouraging all Australians to shop for a good cause and make a real difference this Christmas with Unwrapped

“Looking back at the last 10 years of the Unwrapped program, the impact these gifts and donations have had on the lives of families living in poverty is astounding,” Mr Hunghanfoo said.

“We believe Australians have shown such great support for Unwrapped because it really appeals to our national sense of humour and fun. The silliness of receiving something as unusual as a goat for Christmas generally gets a good laugh.

“Both giving and receiving a gift which benefits someone living with so little also makes people feel really good at a time when consumerism is at its peak. And it’s definitely more interesting than the usual stocking fillers!

“We’re encouraging everyone to give someone an Oxfam Unwrapped gift this year and help us make a real difference in communities both here and overseas. And don’t forget to include one on your own Christmas wish list!”

The 2014 Oxfam Unwrapped Christmas catalogue includes products ranging from $9 to $150. For more information and to purchase your Oxfam unwrapped gift visit www.oxfamunwrapped.com.au or your local Oxfam Shop.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Send an Oxfam Unwrapped gift this Christmas:

https://unwrapped.oxfam.org.au/

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Sign the petition to demand a ban on battery cage hens

Hens at Pace Farm live in squalor

The PACE website describes its farms as ‘state of the art’, boasting the ‘highest standards in animal husbandry’. In massive factory farms like this, it is impossible to monitor the welfare of individual animals. Rather, a key measure of ‘success’ is how many birds remain alive. This is the second time in as many years that Animals Australia has reported this PACE farm to authorities for serious breaches of animal welfare laws.

Animals Australia first reported illegal overcrowding in this PACE egg farm in 2013. Up to six laying hens were found crammed inside many of the cages. Over a year later, the same farm has been re-reported by Animals Australia for confining more birds per cage than is permitted by law. These hens are sometimes “defeathered” — why? Apart from rubbing up against wire all day, stressed hens resort to pecking at their cage mates out of boredom and frustration.

Even after being officially reported for cruelty, industry-funded audits have completely failed to ensure even the most minimum animal welfare standards are being met.

The solution

The laws that govern Australian egg farms were due for review four years ago. Yet this critical review still has not been scheduled. Australia is failing desperately in its obligation to protect animals. Take action today by demanding a ban on the battery cage in Australia.

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How can we help?

The barren battery cage has already been banned in the European Union for unacceptable cruelty. Hens suffering in Australian battery cages need your voice. Hens are sensitive animals with unique personalities who don’t deserve a lifetime of suffering. Help free these amazing animals from suffering by taking action now!

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/forgotten-battery-hens

Sign the petition to help send Snowden home

Who is he?

Edward Snowden is an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA), starting in June 2013. Snowden’s leaked documents revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many of them run by the NSA and the Five Eyes with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. His disclosures have fuelled debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.

Where is he?

On June 23, Snowden flew to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. Snowden remained in the airport transit zone for 39 days, during which time he applied for asylum in 21 countries. On August 1, 2013, Russian authorities granted him a one-year temporary asylum. A year later, Russia issued Snowden a three-year residency permit. He lives in an undisclosed location in Russia and is seeking asylum in the European Union.

What’s happening now?

Snowden is now stuck in Russia, facing solitary confinement, ridicule, and life in prison if US agents grab him.

“Edward Snowden exposed the mind-boggling and illegal level of surveillance the US government is conducting on, well, all of us. His welcome in Russia runs out soon, and he’s got nowhere to go. But Brazilian President Dilma is angry at US surveillance and experts say she might brave massive US pressure to consider asylum for Snowden!” – Avaaz.org

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How can we help?

If Snowden’s act of truth-telling leads to punishment, it sends the wrong signal to abusive governments and whistleblowers everywhere. We can send President Dilma the largest citizen-supported asylum bid in history by signing the petition.

“As citizens from around the world deeply concerned with the massive violation of our privacy, we call on you to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden. As the leader of a global movement for internet freedom and privacy, Brazil is the perfect home for a man who sacrificed his life to disclose invasive and illegal US spying.” – Avaaz.org petition

Sign now and help send Snowden home:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/send_snowden_home_loc/?fpbr

Help stop hunger in Mozambique

In a world that can produce enough food for everyone to eat, hunger and malnutrition remain the number one risk to health worldwide, especially for those who are already fighting poverty. Around the world, close to 1 billion men, women and children will, tonight, go to bed hungry.

Hunger is not a natural phenomenon. It is a man-made tragedy. People do not go hungry because there is not enough food to eat. They go hungry because the system that delivers food from the fields to our plates is broken. And now in this new age of crisis — with increasingly severe and extreme weather and dwindling natural resources – feeding the world will get harder still.

Mozambique is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Regular droughts cause life-threatening hunger for the many people relying on crops to survive. Families living in poverty rely on the rains to come following the annual dry season. Without it, their crops will fail. When food reserves run out, families face the “hungry season” head-on.

By introducing the tools and skills they need to grow a garden in the desert, you could help create a different future – one where everyone has enough to eat.

Your donation can make all the difference.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

Donate now

$45 can provide three families with vegetable seeds for their garden, ensuring there is enough nutritious food for their children.

$150 can provide three families with tools such as a machete, hoe and axe, as well as the agricultural training necessary to grow a high yield desert garden.

$350 can go towards providing a family with a rainwater harvesting system that will ensure their desert garden stays green and lush.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/stop-hunger-in-mozambique/

Join with Amnesty and speak out for freedom in Russia

Basic human rights and freedoms are currently under threat in Russia. The enjoyment of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly has long been partial, and often perilous, for government critics in Russia. The squeeze on the exercise of these rights has accelerated markedly since the return of Vladimir Putin to the Presidency in 2012. Independent NGOs, critical media outlets and public protesters have all borne the brunt of an assault on fundamental freedoms that has been fuelled and “justified” by an increasingly aggressive propaganda drive to depict them as a fifth column bent on undermining Russia’s stability and prosperity.

Repressive laws being rushed through parliament. Peaceful protest gatherings are dispersed by police, often with the use of brutal force. Participants are arrested and fined. Independent NGOs are forced to brand themselves “foreign agents”. Those that resist face hefty fines and closure. Independent news outlets are under pressure to change their editorial policy, and critical online media are constrained and arbitrarily blocked. Prominent activists end up behind bars. Killings of human rights defenders and journalists are not being investigated effectively.

“Today, for criticism of the Kremlin, support of Ukraine or use of frowned-upon symbols, people are beaten up, killed, carted off in police vans, condemned to administrative arrests and criminal sentences. We see brutal reprisals against journalists, the blocking of web sites, attempts to exert complete control over social media.” – Yulia Berezovskaja, Director General of Grani.ru, a banned independent online media outlet in Russia.

Despite this rapidly shrinking space for freedom, many people in Russia are speaking out. We can stand with them. Let’s make sure Russia’s leaders know that the rest of the world is not indifferent. We will not be silent, we will speak out in support of Russian civil society.

Supporting Amnesty International

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC 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.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

How you can help

Speak out for freedom in Russia. Find out more:

http://www.amnesty.org/en/Speak-Out-Russia

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