Thank You Thursday: A Taste of Poverty

When was the last time you spent two dollars? Not five dollars but just two. What did you buy? I bet it wasn’t much. You can’t even get a coffee for $2 nowadays, can you?

The average Australian lives on about $94 per day. To be living in extreme poverty in Australia, as defined by the World Bank, you would be living on just $2 per day. That’s $2 every day for food, shelter, health care, education, transport and anything else you might need. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?

What about just living on $2 worth of food a day, forgetting about the cost of your home, clothing and so on. Could you do that?

Thank You Thursday: Money for Nothing

Last week I came across an initiative that wasn’t only about raising funds for a good cause and creating a better world, but doing something for yourself and creating a better you. And I believe the ‘better you’ that is created will in turn be a healthier and happier member of the community. It is Mindful in May and it is a project developed by Dr Elise Bialylew.

Mindful in May is a one month meditation campaign for both beginner and more experienced meditators that benefits you and raises money to bring clean drinking water to people living in developing countries.

Create a clear mind for you and clean water for others.

Developed as a way of creating support for those who felt time poor but wanted to create a habit of mindfulness in their lives, Mindful in May asks participants to make a donation of at least $20 to go toward bringing clean water to 2 two villages sustaining more than 500 people.

Mindfulness is about paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non judgmentally. Throughout the month participants will be supported in learning new skills to enhance their internal resources, whilst simultaneously contributing to bringing external resources to those living in poverty. They will have access to weekly audio meditation downloads, instruction and daily motivation.

I know I’ve talked about the issue of clean water around the world on this blog before, but just to recap; every 20 seconds a child dies from a disease caused by lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene. Mindful in May is an initiative raising funds for Charity: Water and hoping to do something about such statistics.

Basically, the project enables you to do good by doing nothing. 10 minutes of nothing every day for 31 days. I’m getting in on this one. A bit of mindfulness is what this Fish Chick needs right now, and clean water is obviously a necessity for everyone, fish and human alike.

So this Thank You Thursday we acknowledge the work of Dr Elise Bialylew and her efforts to make a difference in the world with Mindful in May.

See you in the (fresh) pond,

The Fish Chick

Thank You Thursday: It Started with a Pig

Many animals in human care in this country are excluded from the protection of Australia’s animal welfare legislation. That is, about 500 million ‘food animals’ (as they are called) endure lives of misery in factory farms as they are without socialisation, sunshine and freedom.

When a lady named Pam Ahern learned of these facts she decided to do something about it and create a place that could be a sanctuary for rescued farm animals.

Edgar Alan Pig – a large white and landrace cross pig – was the first animal Pam rescued from a piggery and she named her sanctuary after him.

Edgar’s Mission aims to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome wherever possible. They seek to create a humane and just world for humans and animals through education, advocacy and empowerment.

The sanctuary is home to over 250 animals so a big part of what Edgar’s Mission does is help care for them. The other part of their work is to run education programs for students and community groups. While being conscious of not telling people what to do, the mission provides information and hopes to inspire people to be have more empathy for animals, respect for the environment and an understanding of the impact they are making on the world around them.

Check out the video below for more information about Edgar’s Mission.

If you’re in Melbourne, Edgar’s Mission have a few open days each year, and being only an hour from Melbourne it’s a a lovely day out. And, in particular, this Sunday (April 15) they have their Kids Day Out.

The Fish Chick thanks Pam and the team at Edgar’s Mission this Thank You Thursday.

See you in the pond,

The Fish Chick

Thank You Thursday: Making a Splash

March 22nd, is World Water Day.

World Water Day is a day designed by the United Nations to shine a spotlight on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

There are a number of organisation’s around the globe that now focus their attention on promoting the need for fresh clean drinking water in developing countries and today I’d like to highlight one of the them.

Thankyou Water is an Australian based non-profit social enterprise set up in 2008 by a group of young idealistic friends when they learned that Australians spend almost $600 billion on bottled water. Yes, $600 BILLION on bottled water in a country where fresh, clean drinking water is basically available at the turn of a tap. And at the same time 900 million people around the globe do not have access to ANY clean drinking water.

Thankyou Water is a new brand of bottled water using 100% of its profits to fund water projects in developing nations across Africa and South East Asia. Their concept is simple: One bottle of Thankyou Water is enough to provide clean drinking water to one person for at least one month in the developing world.

The founders of Thankyou Water wanted to be able to give ordinary Australians the opportunity to make a difference in the world by doing something they already do a lot of… buying bottled water. One of their Co Founders, Dan Flynn, says, “Thankyou Water exists to bring a collision between two extremes, the world water crisis and Australia’s $600 million bottled water industry.”

So far, Thankyou Water have had at least eight of their water projects fully funded through their social enterprise. Their water projects usually include the ‘hardware’ (the physical materials and equipment) and the ‘software’ (the health and hygiene education, skills training, labour and the monitoring and evaluation) aspects of the project, to make sure that the impact is sustainable in the communities in which they work.

So this Thank You Thursday, the Fish Chick shows gratitude to the team at Thankyou Water.

See you in the pond,

The Fish Chick.

P.S Perhaps next time you’re out looking to purchase a bottle of water you’ll look twice for this bottle.