Archive | August 2016

A victory for NSW & the ACT – Greyhound racing to be banned. Call on a nation-wide ban

 

What’s happening?

Premier Mike Baird has made the historic decision to ban greyhound racing in NSW by July 2017. Following NSW’s monumental decision to make greyhound racing illegal, the ACT government has followed suit and announced it too can no longer support the animal cruelty inherent in the greyhound racing industry.

Animals Australia’s efforts

When Animals Australia and Animal Liberation Queensland investigators dug into the dark side of greyhound racing, they uncovered mass killings, doping, corruption and horrific ‘live baiting’ training practices. The evidence they gathered was broadcast on ABC’s Four Corners program — and the endemic animal cruelty at the heart of the greyhound racing industry was finally exposed for all the world to see.

An independent inquiry was launched to determine the continued existence — or dissolution — of the greyhound racing industry. And now Premier Mike Baird has followed the advice of thousands of caring Australians, and the Commissioner of the inquiry, Michael McHugh, who all came to the only logical conclusion — that greyhound racing has completely lost its “social licence” to operate and must be banned.

“As a humane and responsible Government, we are left with no acceptable course of action except to close this industry down. This is the inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the appalling revelations in Mr McHugh’s report and his considered view that any other measures are unlikely to protect animals from further cruelty.” – NSW Premier, Mike Baird

“The Government cannot continue to support an industry that is turning a blind eye to the sort of behaviour and cruelty uncovered by the special commission of inquiry. It is untenable for the ACT Government to continue allowing, and financially supporting the practice of greyhound racing.” – ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr

Supporting Animals 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 NSW, 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

State by Territory, greyhound racing is toppling under the demands of the overwhelming majority of caring Aussies who want to see a permanent end to this cruel ‘sport’. Make the most of this compassionate momentum and urge your MP to ban greyhound racing nationwide!

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/ban-greyhound-racing/

 

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Join with Greenpeace to protect paradise

 

What’s happening?

There are as few as 400 Sumatran tigers left in Indonesia’s forests – and their time on earth is running out. Some companies are destroying their home for vast palm oil plantations and the global brands we know and love are not doing enough to keep their products forest friendly. Instead, they buy palm from producers and traders whose practices are threatening orangutans, elephants and tigers, disrupting communities and ravaging the Indonesian landscape.

Greenpeace’s efforts

Palm oil can be grown without destroying forests. We can make our favourite companies commit to No Deforestation policies and become tiger-friendly; and then push the government of Indonesia to strengthen forest protection. But this can only happen if we persuade the brands we love to become tiger friendly and remove forest destruction from their products. You have a right to know if tiger extinction is in the products you use every day and we want brands to live up to your standards.

Greenpeace are spreading the word to get our friends, culture makers and policy makers, to join us. Your voice is powerful.

  • There are solutions that don’t involve forest destruction. We want clean palm oil and we ask that our favourite brands listen to our voices.
  • We believe immediate action must be taken to stop habitat destruction finding its way into the products we love.
  • We have the right to know if our favourite products are linked to tiger extinction.

Supporting Greenpeace

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 NSW, 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

“There are as few as 400 Sumatran tigers left. We must all do what we can to protect their home. Please join me and Greenpeace’s global movement to protect paradise.”- Nikki Reed, actor, US

Sign the Tiger Manifesto today!

http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en/what-we-do/forests/Protect-Paradise/

 

 

Join with Amnesty International to help Nauru refugees

 

What’s happening?

Nauru is a tiny island, smaller than most airports. The scenery is unwelcoming, with most of the inland areas devastated by decades of phosphate mining. Heat, dust and wild dogs follow you everywhere. Three years ago, Australia decided to banish refugees who attempted to reach its shores by boat to Nauru. Since then, hundreds of men, women and children have been stuck on this remote island in appalling conditions; many, if not most, are suffering from serious physical and mental ailments. Their futures are completely uncertain. The Australian and Nauruan governments know very well how horrendous and unlawful everything that goes on here is, and go to great lengths to hide it. Almost no journalists or independent observers have been able to come to Nauru since refugees started arriving four years ago.

What’s even more sinister is that everybody who works for the Australian government here is sworn to secrecy – under Australian law, service providers face two years in jail if they reveal anything about the situation in Nauru.

Amnesty International’s efforts

The despair on Nauru is palpable. Although around 70% of the people sent there have been recognised as refugees, they have nowhere to go. Australia has said it will never accept them, but hasn’t offered them any viable alternatives. Even those who have received Nauruan travel documents cannot leave: the documents state “refugee” as their nationality and those who have tried to use them to get visas to go to other countries have quickly realised they are useless.

It’s time to take the refugee crisis personally. Instead of tackling one of the worst humanitarian emergencies of our time, our governments are closing their eyes and turning away. Instead of finding solutions, they’re letting fear and racism poison public debate.

We cannot stand by in silence while people’s lives and futures are destroyed. No one seeking safety should have to risk death just to cross a border. Refugees fled bombs and persecution believing that other countries would respect their human rights, and offer them sanctuary. We cannot prove them wrong.

Supporting Amnesty International

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 NSW, 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

Make your voice heard: sign the pledge, then tell all your friends and family about it. Together, we’ll send a loud and clear message to world leaders at the UN in September: Refugees need safe passage, and protection through global solutions like resettlement.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/speak-out-for-refugees-rights/

 

Support Oxfam with Oxjam!

 

What’s happening?

OXJAM is a month-long music festival held in August to raise money for Oxfam’s efforts in fighting poverty around the world. Having rocked the UK for 10 years, OXJAM hit Aussie shores with a bang in 2015 and is now back for its second year, which is set to be even bigger and better.

This year, Megan Washington and Art vs Science have come on board as OXJAM’s official ambassadors, encouraging music lovers around the country to throw their own gigs and parties to fundraise for Oxfam.

Oxfam’s efforts

Throwing an OXJAM gig can be done by anyone, anywhere, any way. Epic or intimate, low-key or even off-key, the choice is yours, and OXJAM will support you every step of the way to pull off a memorable party against poverty. And if hosting isn’t your thing, check out the OXJAM gig guide to pop along and support music in your hood.

The money raised through OXJAM goes directly towards Oxfam Australia’s efforts in fighting poverty around the world. As a gig host you even have the option to choose which area of Oxfam’s work your funding goes towards; whether it be access to clean water, safety or equality; your efforts can truly make a difference to the lives of others.

Supporting Oxfam

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 NSW, 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

The money you raise goes towards Oxfam Australia’s life changing work around the world. You can choose which area of our work your funding goes towards, or alternatively you can let us decide.

Right to Water

Every human being should have access to clean water. In impoverished communities around the world, you’re helping to kick-start water and hygiene committees, providing individuals with skills and training to lead healthy lives free from water-borne disease and illness.

Right To Safety

Every human being has a right to live in safety. When an emergency hits, you’re providing people with the assistance they need to survive – clean water, hygiene facilities, food, health and nutrition advice and shelter.

Right to Equality

Every human being should be born equal. You’re helping women all over the world to achieve equal rights, empowering both men and women through our gender equality programs to eliminate violence against women, and secure fair wages and working conditions for all.

Join hundreds of on and off-stage stars and throw your own OXJAM event this August to help fight global poverty.

https://www.oxfam.org.au/2016/06/oxjam-is-back-for-2016/

 

 

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