Sunday, September 04, 2016
We recently saw this first hand, when Canberra schoolboy Ross Kelly learnt Auslan - the deaf sign language - so he could communicate with a new kid in the class named Isam Gurung. Isam had recently transferred from a specialist school for the hearing-impaired and Ross befriended him, communicating initially by passing written notes to each other.
Ross went on to learn Auslan so he could communicate with Isam. Isam went from being a shy person who barely interacted with his classmates to someone who is now a happy member of the school community.
While the school provided interpreter services, Ross' efforts for his friend reach a whole new level of friendship and he was awarded a Special Humanity Award from the Fred Hollows Foundation.
The ABC story includes a video - great story.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Well, after 10 days and 3,000 klms relying on the kindness of people to eat, sleep, live and travel,Kath is heading home.
I hope I've gained her a few new Facebook friends/followers and supporters.
Goodonya Kath :)
Sunday, August 14, 2016
- the clothes she was wearing and a back pack
- toothbrush and hairbrush
- 1 week's worth of prescription medication
- her phone and charger (so she can document her journey)
- one change of clothes
- empty water bottle
Saturday, July 23, 2016
- The only areas where snow is likely to happen out in regional areas and contribute to a great tourism destination - for local and international tourists.
- Cyclones in tropical zones happen a lot less often than in other parts of the world
- Droughts and floods are hazards, of course, but they are balanced by the benefits of living in productive farming areas or beautiful scenery for 95% of the time without these extreme weather conditions.
- San Francisco/Sydney as large coastal cities with beautiful harbours and other features
- A dryer/desert inland away from the coast, with beautiful natural features
- LOTS of sunshine
Which, i'm afraid, brings me back to my whinge.......................................
WHY NOT HERE???
Monday, June 27, 2016
The following is from the 'About Us' page on their website:
Social responsibility is the guiding principle of the Villar Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization established in 1995.
Since its inception, Villar Foundation has initiated, implemented, and supported various projects aimed at improving the quality of life of the people in the communities where we live and maintain a business presence.
One of Villar Foundation's earliest programs was 'Pagtatanim Para Sa Kinabukasan', a tree-planting program, to create urban forests in open spaces of subdivisions, residential communities, and schools.
Over the years, its advocacies and beneficiaries have expanded and diversified in order to reach more people and sectors of the society. These include the poor and underprivileged; overseas Filipino workers and their families; the youth; women; the church; the environment among others.
Villar Foundation's programs and projects include (but are not limited to) nutrition caravan (regular feeding programs for schoolchildren); medical and dental missions; river rehabilitation program; religious projects such as building of churches; repatriation of distressed overseas Filipino workers; livelihood and entrepreneurship.
By sharing our resources with the Filipino people who have made possible the success of our endeavors, we shall strive to provide opportunities to the underprivileged and the economically disadvantaged, for them to rise beyond their limitation and pursue meaningful lives as productive members of society.
Ultimately, we envision a healthy, peaceful, decent, and productive life for all Filipinos.
One of their ongoing projects has been to recycle waste plastics and turn them into school chairs - the one with the small attachment that folds up/down to make a desk space. There's a video here about a recent batch of these chairs. https://www.facebook.com/VillarSIPAG/videos/1036223909793440/
75 of them were given to an elementary school on Iloilo.
And last Friday, another batch were handed over to a school in Las Pinas.
I'm looking forward to reading about more of their good work. The website gives a history etc and is worth a look, if I've piqued your interest :)
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Thursday, September 11, 2014
There's no doubt that they couldn't have lived in the old house had they both been as ill as they became, so the move was timely. Mum is there on her own now and I can visit a couple of times a week, comfortable in the knowledge that she has a secure and safe home, surrounded by caring - but not interfering - neighbours. My cousin Elaine lives 10 minutes away - an extra safety-net.
Hasting could well be described as "God's Waiting Room". Go for a walk any weekday through the shopping centre and you won;t have to look our for Hoons On Skateboards - it's Seniors On Scooters you'll see weaving in and out of the pedestrians on Main Street.
Every shop or business we visit recognises this demographic bias in the area and makes sure that they are alert and empathetic to their customer base.
Cafe staff hold the door when they see mum coming (she's an a 4 wheel walker, not an electric scooter) and make sure they find her a table where she has access. They escort her through the back doorway to the WC and make sure she's OK getting back inside on her own.
Banks staff, post office personnel, the wonderful staff at the local pharmacy - all of them go out of their way to help the aging members of the local community. The average age of those in Mum's doctor's waiting room would be 70+ - and that's allowing for kids with their parents all bringing the mean average down.
It stands out to me because I see the opposite when I go to busy shopping areas, whether it be Chadstone or Prahran or the Melbourne CBD. That's why I think Hastings is, sadly, the exception and other locations, where older people receive little or no special consideration are the norm.
So hats off to Hastings!