Update: CBC News has reported that as of September 2nd, Canadians had donated $35.8 million toward relief efforts. Donation matching ends on September 16th!
The Canadian Government has put forth an initiative that will hopefully encourage Canadians to donate much needed funds to East Africa. The area, which includes the countries Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, is currently experiencing a famine that is affecting 13 million people.
Last week The Canadian Red Cross shared that ten financial institutions across Canada are accepting donations on their behalf. The Government will match dollar for dollar any donations made between July 6, 2011 – September 16, 2011 and then allocate the funds where they believe they are most needed.
Photo: OxFam East Africa
Today I am participating in a World Vision Link Up which challenges Bloggers to give up one thing that we spend $10.00 on weekly, and instead, turn that into a $10 donation. Be sure to read the blog entry, it is very well written and brings up the topic of raising conscious children.
This week, my husband and I will give up Tim Hortons. We don’t go everyday, but certainly in 7 days and especially with travel this week, we would have spent this much.
This is a small sacrifice to make.
If you are a Blogger, visit World Vision’s blog to Link up. For others, use Facebook and Twitter to spread the word using the hashtag #faminenomore.
Text “FAMINE” to 20222 if you live in the US to donate $10. Canadians can text “WORLD” to 45678 which will be a $5 donation. With the Canadian Government doubling donations, texting twice will result in a $20 donation!
Can’t stress this enough, EVERY DOLLAR HELPS!
I began this blog to provide a conscious perspective to the many aspects of life, including health and wellness, nurturing our souls, and keeping our minds healthy by reading, learning, and expanding our knowledge. This includes remaining aware of current events while being mindful of how it effects those involved, as well those effected indirectly in other parts of the world.
The news headlines this year have shown that 2011 has brought with it much disaster, but I also see plenty of hope. With the fall of Mubarek in Egypt, and now Gadhafi’s 42-year-rule coming to an end in Libya, perhaps this proves that good can prevail over evil, and that, despite what we just saw with the London Riots, groups working together can overcome huge challenges. It is visible in East Africa and Japan, people from all walks of life gather together to help, and often times crises bring out the best in humanity.
“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” John F. Kennedy
Here is a roundup of some of the ups and downs in the world over the weekend of August 20/21, 2011, and other articles of interest.
Tripoli falls to rebels, Gadhafi’s sons captured, live updates – Huffington Post
NDP Leader Jack Layton taking a longer break after new cancer discovered – The Toronto Sun
Canadian Banks’ Sterling Reputation An Illusion, Financial Blog Argues - Huffington Post