There’s a change sweeping schools across Baltimore and it’s seeing less students being suspended, higher attendance rates and more students graduate. In a city that’s sadly known for its high crime rates, violence, drug abuse and poverty – 35% of children in the Western District live below the poverty line compared to 14% in the rest of the state – something is happening that might just see some long term change.
Students are learning about mindfulness.
The Holistic Life Foundation was established to nurture the wellness of children in disadvantaged communities. One of their key programs, Mindful Moment, teaches children, from as young as kindergarten, meditation techniques and yoga.
A report* a few years ago suggested that there was one place among the world’s worst for violence against women. A place where over 60% of women and girls have experienced violence at the hand of an intimate partner or family member. A place where 15% of pregnant women are beaten by their partners. A place where, recently, in one month alone there were 48 separate incidents of serious sexual offences reported, and possibly many more that went unreported. Now, it might surprise you when I tell you the place this report was talking about is Fiji. Yes, the same Fiji that usually elicits visions of palm trees, blue waters and friendly smiles.
Veronika Scott is a young woman on a mission. She’s on a mission to warm those who need it and provide a second chance to those who want it. The 26-year-old is the CEO and Founder of The Empowerment Plan, a non-profit not only improving the lives of homeless people by providing warmth, but by changing their lives by providing training and employment opportunities.
So it’s mid way through the year and sometimes, for those of us working in the charity sector, this is as busy time as any. End of financial year appeals, annual report, audits, and if you’re most parts of Australia, we’ve got to deal with the chilly winter too. How can we stay motivated? How can we remain interested and passionate about what we do? All year round, year after year? Well, I decided to ask someone who has been in the non-profit sector for more than a decade, and all with the same charity!
Supporting a loved one with a life-limiting condition or through palliative care is hard on any family. It’s emotional and physically draining. But what about when the person with the life-limiting condition is a child? Your child. And in addition to supporting your one sick child, you must still love and care for your other children. And what about your job; what happens to that? How will this affect your financial situation? Sadly this is the reality for about 3,700 families across Queensland today.
UPDATE: 26 November 2019
Just over three and half years after I wrote this original Thank You Thursday article about Shake it Up Foundation, my Dad and his Parkinson’s diagnosis, I have a sad update to share.
Dad lived with Parkinson’s Disease for over five years with reasonably slow progression, but earlier this year he got quite unwell and things rapidly worsened. We were told that it is likely he had Lewy Body’s Dementia, which is a form of Parkinsonism, but also a form of dementia. All of these conditions are challenging to diagnose as they are so closely related and can often be misdiagnosed.
After a few difficult months of increasingly failing health, sadly, we lost our dear Daddy Fish peacefully on the morning of 2nd November 2019.
I’m so very, very sad that he is gone, but feel so very fortunate and proud to have been able to call him my Dad. He will be remembered as an incredible man of great strength, positivity and love for his family.
We’ve established a fundraising page in his memory to fund research into Parkinson’s Disease with the Shake It Up Foundation and I know Dad wouldn’t expect any less from his fundraising gal.
Original article from 2016
It’s a special day today, and those that know me well, will know what it is. It’s my birthday. But that’s actually not why it’s a special day. It’s special because I share my birthday with someone amazing… my Dad. (Just like Peppa Pig’s father is called Daddy Pig, let’s call my Dad, The Fish Chick’s father, Daddy Fish.) So, in light of this special day, and this very special bloke, I’ve decided to get a little personal with today’s Thank You Thursday blog post. I hope you won’t mind…