Monthly Archives: April 2014

Elephant Family

I have just discovered the Charity based in England called Elephant Family whose mission it is to save the Asian elephant. Lots of great stuff on their website at http://www.elephantfamily.org

I am thinking that there could be a great partnership between us and them!

As of this morning our Crowdfunding Campaign has reached $6811 with 31 days to go.

My interview with Sue Gilbey and Clayton Werner at Radio Adelaide 101.5 went really well as they focussed on the Crowdfunding Campaign. I am hoping it will be up soon as a Podcast.

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Crowdfunding Update

As of today we have reached $6366 of our target of $10,000. With still 37 days to go we are confident of reaching the target.

On Sunday April 27th I am doing a radio interview with Sue Gilbey of Radio Adelaide, at 11:30am on the “Peace of the Action” programme. I will be talking about our Crowdfunding on Pozible and hopefully get some more interest from Adelaide listeners.

If you haven’t already visited the site please do at http://pozible.com/onestep

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U N Cyber School Bus

This is a great link for schools, teachers and children.

Go to: http://www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/

Under the heading Curriculum there is a site called Schools Demining Schools which has activities and links to many relevant sites.

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SAVE THE CHILDREN: Child Landmine Survivors

Have just read this report. Here is a small quote from it:

“Typical landmine injuries in children include loss of limbs, injuries to the genital area, loss of sight and hearing, as well as psychological shock and emotional distress. Children continually risk encountering landmines as they go about their daily lives, working in fields, herding animals, fetching water, playing or going to school. For example, in Cambodia in 1994 three girls were severely injured by mines when playing volleyball on a playing field.The natural curiosity of children leads them to stray off clear paths and explore their surroundings, often with deadly results.

Most at risk are refugee or displaced children returning home, as they lack knowledge of dangerous local areas and often do not understand that the ordnance or mines left behind by retreating armies can maim or kill. For example, there are currently 37,000 Cambodian refugees in Thailand waiting to return home to the heavily-mined areas of Samlot, Samroung and Anglong Veng.

In children, the loss of a limb causes special problems.The rapid growth of their bones means that pros- theses have to be regularly refitted and new amputations may be necessary. Injuries to the genital area and urinary tract often require specialized surgery that may not be available locally.

However, many of the problems facing mine-injured children are similar to those facing all children with disabilities, particularly in countries where health services are damaged, inadequate and under-funded.All these children face the challenge of social reintegration, as well as the psychological problems that can arise from humiliation, rejection, and depression about the loss of life opportunities.”

 

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Crowdfunding

Our Crowdfunding campaign continues to go well. We have nearly reached the halfway mark and are at $4500 as I write this. To reach our goal we need to continue to spread the word about the book and how important it is that it gets published and out into the world. If  you haven’t already, please look at our Pozible site at : http://pozible.com/onestep   and take the time to view the trailer by pushing the play button on the large image of the book’s front cover. There are also lots of positive comments to read in the comments section.

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“The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step”

The following quotes are from the book “In Search of Safe Ground” by Gemima Harvey and John Rodsted.

“Dusk is setting in on a balmy evening in rural Cambodia.People are returning from the rice paddies after a long day in the fields. A woman is holding crops in her hand to cook for dinner, a man leads his buffalo and a child leaps form the hands of her grandmother to greet her returning parnets. Stirred by the droning sound of aeroplanes, they all look up to the sky. As the next ten years unfold, a constant stream of aircraft unleash their cargo over Central and Eastern Cambodia and scenes of people coming home from work change to those of communities hiding in forests, bunkers and caves-a once tranquil life disrupted from 1965 to this day.”

“A report by historian Ben Kiernan and researcher Taylor Owen entitled “Bombs Over Cambodia” states that, from 1965-1973, there were 2,56,941 tons of ordnance dropped in 230,516 bombing missions on 113,716 sites in Cambodia.”

 

“The second series of bombings , including operations “breakfast”, “lunch”, “dinner”, “snack”, “supper”, and “dessert” was called “Operation Menu”.

 

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Radio Adelaide Interview

On Saturday April 5th Sally Heinrich and I had an interview with Cath Kenneally on Radio Adelaide. The interview is on the Radio Adelaide website as a Podcast with the title “One Step at a Time.” If you are interested you can find it at :https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/program/arts-breakfast/

 

 

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Landmines in Africa

Landminesinafrica are following our posts!! Thanks Landminesinafrica!

I have just read a great article, All About Landmines An FAQ, on their site. It is well worth reading.

I hope anyone who is reading this will spread the word about our Crowdfunding campaign at: http://pozible.com/onestep 

We have reached over $3000 and our target is $10,000 for this very worthy cause.

And a huge THANKYOU to those who have pledged already.

 

 

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Lend Your Leg

Lend Your Leg

Professor Ian Maddocks AM, guest speaker, captivates the audience during his very powerful, emotive speech.

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More Lend Your Leg Photos

As I write our Crowdfunding campaign has reached $2700!! Amazing support from people who can see this is a worthwhile project for communities affected by landmines across the world.

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Xylo getting set up…Ian Woods, Mia Woods, Donna Prusa

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A good spread put on by the SafeGround members

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Prints for sale from the exhibition One Step at a Time

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And more

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Holding up the bar…someone’s gotta do it!

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An appreciative crowd

 

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