Archive | April 2015

Join with Avaaz to help Save our Oceans

What’s happening?

Recently, the sailor Ivan Macfadyen returned from his last Pacific crossing and noticed something ominous … The once vibrant expanse of sea was hauntingly quiet, and covered with trash.

“I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.” – Ivan Macfadyen

Experts are calling this the ‘silent collapse’ and it has been caused by our overfishing, climate change, acidification, and pollution. We are devastating our oceans and wiping out entire species, and it impacts our climate and all life on Earth.

What can we do?

Now is the time for action. The Avaaz oceans campaign hopes to pull this crisis back from the brink, and save our precious oceans from the silent collapse.

“We have a fleeting window still to act and 2015 could be the year to turn the tide — the UN is considering an initiative to stop dumping and pillaging in the high seas, and the UK just announced that they will create the largest single marine reserve ever in one of the most pristine areas on earth! Lack of political will is the only real obstacle to getting more of these agreements moving. But creating massive public pressure to force political will is what our community is best at.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, 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

Take action now

Avaaz has already helped win two of the biggest marine protected areas in the world. With your help, we can bring our oceans back from the brink.

“If enough of us pitch in now, we’ll ramp up our oceans campaigning to pull this crisis back from the brink, and save our precious oceans from silent collapse.” – Avaaz

Support Avaaz and save our oceans:

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

 

 

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Join with Humane Research Australia and help re-home ex-laboratory animals

What’s happening with ex-lab animals?

Animals are, unfortunately, often used in the research industry and in laboratories. In Australia it is estimated that over 7,000 dogs were used in research facilities across 3 states including VIC, NSW & TAS in 2011 alone (with the other states statistics unavailable). So, what happens at the end of these experiments? If the experiments these animals are subjected to don’t kill them, then they are often “disposed of” by a lethal dose of barbiturate.

Humane Research Australia Inc. is a not for profit organisation that challenges the use of animal experiments and promotes more humane and scientifically-valid non animal methods of research.

“There is a public misconception that animals used in experiments are protected through the presence of ethics committees, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and the Code of Practice. There is also the view that it is “only” rats and mice that are used. Of course we know that neither of these is true. There are still horrific procedures that are still carried out on all sorts of animals – procedures that the general public are largely unaware of. We are attempting to address that by reporting on what really does occur in Australia.” – Humane Research Australia

What can we do?

Under some circumstances it is possible to re-home laboratory animals.

“Opportunities to re-home animals should be considered wherever possible, especially when the impact of the project or activity on the wellbeing of the animal has been minimal and their physiological condition and behavioural attributes indicate that they can be introduced to a new environment with minimal, transient impact on their wellbeing.”
Excerpt from Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. (Page 67, Clause 3.4.2)

If you think you could offer a permanent home to an ex-lab animal, you can join a database compiled by Humane Research Australia and they will pass on your contact details should any opportunities arise.

Supporting Humane Research Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, 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

Join now

Help find these ex-lab animals a home:

http://www.humaneresearch.org.au/campaigns/Happy_Endings

Help save lives in the Philippines!

The Philippines are regularly hit by destructive typhoons, a type of tropical cyclone. The Philippines sits on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, the most active area for tropical cyclones because of the vast expanse of deep, warm ocean water.

Up to 25 typhoons can hit the Philippines every year.

When Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines in November 2013, more than 6,000 people died and more than 4,000,000 were forced from their homes. With the loss of houses and the crops, boats, and coconut trees their families depended on for incomes, millions already living in poverty face new financial hardships.

Oxfam, with our support, worked with communities and local governments in the Philippines to respond to the disaster.

“Our first priority in the days and weeks after the storm was to provide life-saving assistance such as clean water, latrines, hygiene kits, and cash to buy food and other essentials.We then began helping people to recover their means of making a living…Now, we have turned our focus to helping people with long-term recovery and rehabilitation. We are working with communities and local governments to design effective services that are affordable, and looking at how they could be paid for by donors, suppliers, government, and users.” – Oxfam

With our help, Oxfam can continue their great work to help reduce the long-term impact on a vulnerable community and most importantly, help save lives.

Supporting Oxfam

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, 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

You can help

“We can’t stop the typhoons from coming, and we don’t know when the next will strike — but when it does, it will destroy homes, livelihoods and hopes for the future. With your support, we can get there first…Every dollar invested in preparing for disasters now can save seven dollars in emergency response in the future.” – Oxfam

Support Oxfam and help save lives:

https://www.oxfam.org.au/my/donate/save-lives-in-the-philippines/

 

 

 

 

 

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