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CULTURE

8 powerful quotes from Mandela’s ‘Make Poverty History’ speech

2 July 2018 12:00PM UTC | By: CLEA GUY-ALLEN

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In 2005, Nelson Mandela gave his now famous speech at the Make Poverty History rally in London’s Trafalgar Square, and called on world leaders to make poverty history.

 

 

Addressing a staggering crowd of 22,000 people, Nelson Mandela, along with Bob Geldof, outlined the three demands that underpinned the Make Poverty History campaign, carving the way for the eradication of extreme poverty to be realized. He said:

“The steps that are needed from the developed nations are clear. The first is ensuring trade justice. I have said before that trade justice is a truly meaningful way for the developed countries to show commitment to bringing about an end to global poverty. The second is an end to the debt crisis for the poorest countries. The third is to deliver much more aid and make sure it is of the highest quality.”

Although we have achieved a lot over the last 13 years, and progress is definitely being made, Mandela laid out some pretty powerful points that still ring true today on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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1. “Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognise that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.”

2. “Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times — times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation — that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils.”

3. “As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”

4. “In this new century, millions of people in the world’s poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free.”

5. “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the action of human beings.”

6. “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.

7. “While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”

8. “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.”

If Nelson Mandela’s words have inspired you to create change, then join us in the fight against extreme poverty today!

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GIRLS AND WOMEN

Here are 10 amazing comments on why ALL #GirlsCount

13 July 2018 3:04PM UTC | By: ROBYN DETORO

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Last year, we partnered with Fossil to spread the word about the importance of girls’ education. To celebrate, we hosted a competition to give away 3 #GirlsCount tote bags by Fossil and asked YOU to share why all #GirlsCount.

As usual, we were blown away by the incredible responses. Keep reading below to hear from our winners themselves!

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#GirlsCount x Fossil winner, Chipo.

CHIPO, South Africa

#GirlsCount because they equate a full circle when included in sustainable and social development. They count because they are part of the human race. They count because they are the future and backbone of society.

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#GirlsCount x Fossil winner, Zack.

ZACK, Kenya

Show me a country that disregards women and girls and I will show you a failed state. The backbone of any society that respects girls also values equity and equality and upholds positive values, creating empowered communities. Girls need opportunity not sympathy, they need equality and equity. Girls count because they are our daughters, sisters and future mothers. Girls count because we count.

CATHERINE, United States of America

#GirlsCount because until everyone is able to thrive, personally and professionally, the world will not reach its true potential socially, economically or politically. Everyone has to be fully involved.

We couldn’t resist sharing a few more brilliant comments from our members! #GirlsCount because… 

We are unstoppable and we do what we put our mind to. We can achieve anything. We keep things running and if you give us a problem we make a solution out of it. — Hellena N.

We are amazing just as we are. — Cannel E.

Every girl has the potential to become a strong and wonderful woman who can make someone’s, or even everyone’s, world better. — bichoalcatifa

They are worthy of celebration; worthy of recognition; worthy of education and they make us one. — thatpublicschoolteacher

They are part of this world of diversity and they should be counted for what they are!!! — halima.laoualb

How can we live in a successful world when we are not using 50% of the world’s brain power? — taeschbach

They are the bedrock of any society and to achieve any change they must be fully involved. — adeolaraj

Inspired? Share why you think ALL #GirlsCount in the comments!

*answers have been edited for clarity

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CULTURE

This is how Nelson Mandela’s legacy continues to inspire the world

18 July 2017 2:18PM UTC | By: GUEST BLOGGER

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By Megan Gieske 

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Every year on July 18th, people across the globe celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday and contributions to the world by spending 67 minutes — representing the 67 years he fought for human rights during his lifetime — making a difference in the lives of others.

Mandela began campaigning for the rights of all South Africans in 1942 and continued the fight as a human rights lawyer and, later, as a prisoner for freedom on Robben Island. He went on to become an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

DSC_0582.jpgHis life has been an inspiration to the world. The Nelson Mandela Foundation asks that we “Take action. Inspire change.” — and people are taking the call to heart. Here’s how communities are celebrating Mandela Day this year:

South Africa
Family and friends gather together and look back on what has been done and forward to what will be done, making every day a Nelson Mandela Day.

Gugulethu, South Africa
Ntombi brings the spirit of Nelson Mandela to her community by starting gardens in people’s homes, educating students on proper nutrition, and sharing with visitors to her country the abundance of Africa. She says, “If you ever [need] joy in your life, give without expecting any returns. The joy of other people is fulfilling to the heart.”

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Siviwe says, “When you think you have nothing to give that is when you should give.” He is celebrating his birthday, July 18th, along with Nelson Mandela by bringing volunteers to paint colourful murals on the dark grey walls of local townships and bringing educational “iThuba” or opportunities in Xhosa to the underprivileged schools.

Accra, Ghana
Students put on a drama performance on the fight for freedom in South Africa.

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Secondary school students watch an education film on becoming “Mandela’s friends” by inspiring change in their community.

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Donation ceremonies were held for orphanages to have food, medicine, and school supplies.
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Jakarta, Indonesia

Female leaders gather to host a summit on gender equality.

Windhoek, Namibia
Girls at a Muay Thai club studied self-defense and encouraged themselves to help the world find solutions to end violence against women and girls and protect human rights.

Here are a few ways you can give back this Nelson Mandela Day:

  • Learn more about Nelson Mandela and his mission by watching Nelson Mandela’s Life Story with friends
  • Inspire understanding and community by getting to know someone from another culture or background
  • Join us and support girls’ education
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Download these exclusive Nelson Mandela wallpapers!

17 July 2018 4:45PM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER

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It’s the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela and to honour all the incredible ways he changed the world we’ve created a set of free downloadable backgrounds for your phone!

Over his lifetime, Mandela defended equality for all with courage and persistence, leading to the end of apartheid.

Since then, activists worldwide have turned to him for inspiration and followed in his footsteps to be part of the next great generation.

Have you been inspired by his timeless words of wisdom? Then wear your support on your screen with these Nelson Mandela Day phone wallpapers!

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Thanks to Monseratu, more HIV+ people are alive & living long, successful lives than ever before. Through her work as an adherence counselor, Monseratu ensures people stay on their medication and is there to help them through the process.

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18/07/2018

Calling young Waterford singers for an exciting three-day singing adventure!

Calling young Waterford singers for an exciting three-day singing adventure!

Young singers at the Music Generation Waterford Teen Vocal Camp. Photo: Sean Byrne

Registration for Music Generation Waterford’s inaugural ‘Summer Sing Out’ is now open – an exciting three-day singing camp for children ages 7 to 12 years, presented by Music Generation Waterford in partnership with SprÓg Festival.

Each day, young singers will set off on a musical adventure, singing songs and exploring the sounds of beautiful Waterford City. Along the way they'll visit sites including Garter Lane, Greyfriars French Church, Waterford City Library, Waterford Museum and the city’s finest Cathedrals.

Led by a fantastic team of vocal coaches, participants will explore singing through fun and engaging music activities that will encourage their natural singing voices, build confidence and allow them to make great music with new friends.

Summer Sing Out takes place from 11am to 3pm, 30 July - 1 August. The camp involves a walking trail departing from Garter Lane each morning and finishing in Garter Lane each afternoon.

Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch each day.

Interested young singers and musicians can register now at https://www.garterlane.ie/events/music-generation-summer-sing-out

The SprÓg Children’s Festival is part of Sproai International Street Arts Festival, which takes place each August bank holiday weekend in Waterford City. Dating back to 1993, Sproai has become a firm favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, attracting 100,000+ people to the City over its three days. A much-loved part of the festival programme, SprÓg is presented by Garter Lane Arts Centre for children and their families in the week before and during Spraoi.

Announced as a new participant in Music Generation’s second phase last September, Music Generation Waterford has already kick-started planning and musical activity in the county, with a hugely successful three-day teen vocal camp in June, and a forthcoming ‘Jazz Jam’ session scheduled for early August.

For more information about this and other Music Generation Waterford programmes and events contact:

Shauna McCullough, Music Generation Development Officer
Music Generation Waterford, Dungarvan Sub Office, Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Dungarvan, County Waterford, X35 DE93

T: 058 51405
E: shaunamccullough[at]wwetb.ie
https://www.facebook.com/musicgenerationwaterford/

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Celebrating 20 years of GLH

16/07/2018

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Today marks 20 years of Golden Lane Housing!

Only 16% of people with a learning disability live in their own home. A person’s home is fundamental to everyone, which is why Golden Lane Housing (GLH) was set up by Mencap in 1998 to tackle the challenges people with a learning disability face when finding a place to call home.

20 years of achievements

Golden Lane Housing has helped over 3,548 people with a learning disability find supported housing across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. And we’ve done so much more too:

  • We offer help and advice to hundreds of people each year; in 2017/18 we gave guidance to approximately 600 people.
  • We work in over 150 local and health authorities with 100 different support providers, including Mencap.
  • Since 2013, we’ve raised £31 million through Bond issues – this provides homes to over 300 people in specially adapted properties.
  • We ensure tenants’ wellbeing is looked after, making sure they are happy in their homes and the properties are to a good standard.



GLH’s first tenant, June Saunders (pictured above) says, “It’s been the best 20 years of my life, it’s just heaven!” says June.”I remember coming to view my flat and the day I moved in. I’ve always felt safe here and know that Golden Lane Housing are always at the other end of the phone if I need them. Having your independence is important, and that’s what I’ve got, I’m very happy.”

Alastair Graham, director at Golden Lane Housing explains, “We’ve achieved so much over the last 20 years to help people with a learning disability to find the right housing. Being at the forefront of raising capital has enabled us to purchase the much needed housing and specially adapt the properties for people in their communities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Through our partnership work we’ve been able to widen the reach and will continue to develop these.

We know that having the right home and environment has increased people’s independence and benefited their health and wellbeing. GLH is different. We’ve got a fantastic dedicated team who continue to make sure our tenants are happy in their home and provide the housing support they need to maintain their tenancy.

We’ve gone from strength to strength. Most recently, our award wining in-house repairs team has expanded to provide a general repairs service to tenants in the South West and we’re currently undertaking plans for the South East.

We know there’s still so much more work to do. New research has revealed that the Specialised Supported Housing sector is more than double the size of previous estimates, and that demand is still rising. That’s why we’re asking organisations across the sector to take forward the recommendations in the report.”

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You can download a copy of the report Funding supported housing for all: Specialised Supported Housing for people with a learning disability.
 

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Twibbon%20header.pngChanging Places Awareness Day 2018 

Thursday July 19th 2018 marks the third annual Changing Places Awareness Day and 12 years since the campaign began!

Changing Places Awareness day is all about celebrating all that the campaign has achieved and helping to raise more vital awareness of the life changing difference Changing Places toilets make to peoples lives. 

 

What is planned?

  • We will be announcing the winners of this year's People's Choice Award! Thank you to everyone who voted. 

  • We will publish a short campaign report which highlights the campaign's achievements over the past year and sets out our goals for the future.

  • We will have a regional press release highlighting the areas where there aren't any Changing Places toilets. 

  • We will be making a lot of noise on social media including sharing some infographics displaying key statistics which highlight the importance of the campaign. 

Exciting plans from campaigners

  • Jane and Gillian from Access for all UK have been busy connecting with Changing Places campaigns abroad to ensure that many international campaigns are involved in the 2018 Changing Places awareness day as well

  • Jane and Gillian are also planning on climbing Mam Tor mountain in Derbyshire with a portable Changing Places toilet. At the summit, they'll provide a training session on the portable Changing Places toilet. Anyone is welcome to join them on their hike! 

  • Blickling Estate is using Changing Places Awareness Day to highlight the work they have been doing to improve access at their property. Until September, you can find the Mobiloo there at every second Tuesday of the month and they're hoping to gain support to keep this going beyond September. Thanks to campaigner Emma Spagnola who has been working with them to make it happen!

Your plans could be featured here too! We would love to hear from anyone who has plans to mark Changing Places Awareness Day. Please get in touch and let us know.   

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How to get involved?

  • Spread the word! Let people know that on the 19th July you will be talking all things Changing Places toilets. One way you can do this is by supporting the Changing Places thunderclap. 

  • Do a media story about the Changing Places toilet campaign. 

  • Snap a CPselfie! Take a photo of yourself in or near a Changing Places toilet or holding a sign about Changing Places. If you want to go further, why not print off Alison's amazing CPselfie kit or this special #CPAD version? You can challenge friends and family to do one too (make sure you share them with us too. 

  • Add a Changing Places Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook profile picture. 

  • Take on a challenge to raise awareness of the need for more Changing Places toilets. In the past people have run, cycled and squatted to raise awareness of the need for more Changing Places toilets. 

Thank you for all your support and let's make the 19th July a day to remember! 

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CITIZENSHIP

Michelle Obama Has an Important Message for Every American: Vote!

The former first lady is encouraging everyone to vote in every election through a new initiative.


Why Global Citizens Should Care
The Global Goals advocate for peace, justice, and strong institutions. By exercising your right to vote, you express your voice and your opinion, and can support leaders who champion your beliefs of building a better world with greater equality. You can join us by taking action here and registering to vote here.

The United States has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any developed country, according to the Pew Research Center. Just over half of eligible voters in the country cast a ballot during the 2016 presidential election.

Michelle Obama wants to change that.

Through her initiative When We All Vote — a national, nonpartisan nonprofit organization — the former first lady of the United States is engaging citizens, institutions, companies, and organizations in a conversation about the right and responsibility to vote.

“Voting is the only way to ensure that our values and priorities are represented in the halls of power,” Obama said. “And it’s not enough to just vote for president every four years. We all have to vote in every single election.”

Women, people of color, and other marginalized groups continue to be underrepresented in US political leadership — but by exercising the right to vote, citizens can make their voices heard and choose the candidates they believe in to represent them.

Global Citizen is a proud partner of the When We All Vote campaign, which the former FLOTUS kicked off with a tweet on Thursday.

 

In my family, voting was a sacred responsibility, one which we never took for granted. I’m excited to be a part of @WhenWeAllVote to inspire and empower all eligible voters to make their voices heard. #WhenWeAllVote, we can make history. http://whenweallvote.org 

 
 
 
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We're proud to partner with @WhenWeAllVote to make sure Global Citizens across America will #bethegeneration to raise their voice for democracy and a better world. #GCF2018 #GlobalCitizen

 
 

But Obama isn’t the only powerful figure championing the need for people to participate in their political systems by voting. When We All Vote is co-chaired by influential people from across industries, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Tom Hanks, Chris Paul, and Tim McGraw. 

In the few hours since it was launched, the initiative has already succeeded in igniting a conversation online.

 

What happens #WhenWeAllVote? We prove America is Free, of the People, by the People, for the People. Is Freedom important to you? Is Democracy? Is the future of America? http://WhenWeAllVote.org . Hanx!!!

 
 
 

My grandmother has voted in every election since Franklin Delano Roosevelt and always emphasizes to me the importance of exercising my right to vote and making my voice heard through it! #WhenWeAllVote

 
 
 

#WhenWeAllVote we elect people who represent all of us. I'm thrilled to be a part of @WhenWeAllVote to help build a democracy that reflects the diversity of its people. We can't sit on the sidelines. Register to vote & volunteer: http://WhenWeAllVote.org 

 
 
 

Let’s vote AND help get out the youth vote. Polling shows that young voters don’t vote b/c they don’t have enough info to cast an informed ballot. Lawyers - visit http://WeTheAction.org  to help our partner @RockTheVoteAF create youth voter guides. #WhenWeAllVote @WhenWeAllVote

 
 
 

Women were not allowed to vote 99 years ago!
Most African Americans were not allowed to vote 54 years ago!
People between 18 and 21 were not allowed to vote 47 years ago!!
Voting is our right and we shouldn’t take it for granted!! #WhenWeAllVote we can CHANGE our reality!!

 
 

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JULY 9, 2018
 

Parkland students and gun owners got into a heated debate that ended in tears and hugs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Some of the March for Our Lives student activists have been traveling across several cities as part of their #RoadToChange tour, which is focused on getting people to vote in the 2018 midterm elections and support gun safety measures.

At a stop in Dallas on July 7, they were speaking to students at Paul Quinn College.

The Parkland activists were well received by the students attending the town hall, but a number of armed protesters showed up outside the venue.

It was an understandably tense moment. After all, these students were only recently removed from the tragic mass shooting at their high school in February 2018 that killed 17 people and thrust them into the national spotlight.

However, some of the Parkland students, including David Hogg, decided to step outside and directly engage with the protesters.

"The reason we’re here today isn’t to take anybody’s guns away. It's to listen," Hogg said.

When people saw Hogg and a gun owner discussing their perceived differences, a small but powerful breakthrough happened.

The two sides talked through their disagreements, and the conversation ended with some tears and lots of hugs.

Fellow Parkland survivor Matt Deitsch chronicled the exchange on Twitter, noting that after one of the protesters began talking with Hogg, a few others approached and joined what turned into a 90-minute conversation.

There was plenty of debate, but even in discussing one of America's most intense, partisan issues, the two sides found common ground.

"This is the most American thing I've ever done," Deitsch noted one protester said. "Thank you so much for helping us understand."

The gun debate remains contentious, but an overwhelming number of Americans actually agree on commonsense reforms.

Talking about those areas and cutting through the noise can lead to real progress.

As Hogg himself said on Twitter after his dialogue with the protesters, "Be open to conversation with those who don't agree [with] because you might learn something."

 

People fear what they don't know. The people practicing open carry have an opinion that matters just as much as yours. Be open to conversation with those who don’t agree you because you might learn something.

 
 

The Parkland students continue to lead the way on sensible gun reform. While many want to portray each side of debate as extreme, there's nothing controversial about saving lives and keeping people safe. What might be most shocking is how much we have to agree on when we get together and talk about it face-to-face.

 
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FOOD & HUNGER

This Couple Fed 140 Wedding Guests With Food They Saved From the Bin

Can we all just stop throwing away edible food?


Why Global Citizens Should Care
The global food system is in crisis. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people are facing malnutrition and food insecurity, while at the same time we’re literally throwing away perfectly edible food. Gestures like this wedding reception, while small, are vitally important in spreading awareness and in taking steps to enact change. You can join us to take action in support of the global goal for zero hunger here 

A UK couple have fed their 140 wedding guests with a banquet of food that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.

Newlyweds Cherie Harris and Jaimes Mainwaring brought in food waste charity the Real Junk Food Project (RJFP) to cater their wedding reception, held last Saturday in Leeds. 

“We wanted the food to speak for itself,” said Harris, who wanted her wedding to have as little environmental impact as possible. “We didn’t tell our guests what they were eating until the speeches.” 

Take action: Tweet Starbucks Asking Them to Donate 100% of Unused Food to Charity in the UK

 

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“They were very surprised but also very impressed,” she told Metro. “The food was absolutely beautiful and really made our day. We could not have asked for anything better.” 

And, as well as saving food from the bin, the couple also saved themselves money, with their wedding feast reportedly costing just £5 a head for breakfast, and £3 a head for dinner. 

The menus reportedly included vegetable curries, pies, ratatouille, cold meats and pickles, a cheese board, oven-roasted thyme and lemon chicken, pasta dishes and, for pudding, cakes, and a tower of Gregg’s doughnuts.

Read more: Tesco Will Ditch 'Best Before' Labels on Fruit and Veg to Cut Food Waste

“What is wonderful is that we were able to use our wedding to spread the word about food waste and make people think about using up their own leftovers,” Cherie added.

It’s a very important message to share. One of the greatest paradoxes facing the global food industry is that of waste versus starvation.

In the UK alone, while the average household throws away £700 worth of edible food every year, 1 in 8  people go hungry every day . The Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest food bank network, reported in November 2017 that it had seen a 30% rise in demand in some parts of the UK in the seven months since April.

Globally, a UN report released in 2017 found that world hunger rose between 2015 and 2016 for the first time since 2000 — with the number of chronically undernourished people rising from 777 million to 815 million in just one year. 

 

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Read more: How One Man Started a Food Waste Revolution in the UK

And yet, roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — around 1.3 billion tonnes — is lost or wasted. According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation , food losses and waste amounts to around $680 billion in industralised countries, and £310 billion in developing countries. 

Harris and Mainwaring’s wedding is reported to have saved around 80lbs (36kg) of food from being wasted. On a global scale, yes, it’s a tiny amount. But it’s a start, and the RJFP’s work is building up. So far, the charity has saved over 1.1 million kgs of food and it’s fed over 44,000 people since December 2013. 

“[We want] to feed the world,” Project founder Adam Smith told Global Citizen in 2016, when the organisation celebrated the opening of the UK’s first food waste supermarket. “I hope that we’ll take more responsibility over our actions in regard to the production [of food]. I hope there will be a local food economy that’s sustainable, that doesn't depend on mass concentration of supermarkets that exploit people.”

Read more: 3 Changes You Should Make to Your Diet to Eat More Sustainably

“That’s where I’d ideally want to be,” he said. “I don’t know if it will be around in my lifetime. But hopefully we’ll be the catalyst to change so that it will happen in [my son’s] lifetime.” 

As well as food waste supermarkets, the Project also does event catering, runs “pay-as-you-feel” cafes, and supplies food for schools. The menus for the various outlets depend entirely on what turns up in the Project’s warehouses. 

The food is collected from mainstream supermarkets, cafes, restaurant chains, and fast food outlets, and, despite still being perfectly edible, it all would have been thrown away. 

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18 DE JULIO DE 2018

 

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SALUD

Aumenta por primera vez la tasa de mortalidad infantil en Brasil en más de 25 años

Los expertos en salud dicen que el brote del virus Zika y la crisis económica son los responsables.

Por qué deben preocuparse los Global Citizens
La pobreza global va más allá de no tener comida o refugio y a menudo está directamente relacionada con la tasa de mortalidad infantil. Lamentablemente esto es lo que está ocurriendo en Brasil y es un costo muy alto que pagar. Únete a Global Citizen y toma medidas aquí .

Por primera vez en más de dos décadas, la tasa de mortalidad infantil en Brasil está aumentando. El Ministerio de Salud atribuyó el aumento tanto al brote del virus Zika, que comenzó en abril de 2015, como a los recortes al financiamiento para la salud debido a la actual crisis económica del país.

 

Entre 2015 y 2016, la tasa de mortalidad infantil en Brasil aumentó en aproximadamente 0.5% y mientras que algunos medios informaron que el aumento fue insignificante, los defensores de la salud dicen lo contrario.

 

"La tasa es muy significativa", dijo a The Guardian Denise Cesario, directora ejecutiva de la Fundación Abrinq, un grupo sin fines de lucro en São Paulo que trabaja por los derechos de los niños y adolescentes. "Es muy preocupante si consideramos que esta crisis económica aún tendrá un impacto en las condiciones sociales en los próximos años".

 

En los últimos 28 años, Brasil había reducido drásticamente su tasa de mortalidad infantil, bajando de más del 50% en 1990 al 14% en 2016, según datos del Banco Mundial.

 

A pesar de los esfuerzos recientes del gobierno para instituir un programa de salud pública destinado a la atención domiciliaria básica, se espera que las tasas de mortalidad infantil sigan empeorando. La directora del departamento de enfermedades no transmisibles e información y análisis del Ministerio de Salud, Fatima Marinho, le dijo a The Guardian que espera que la tasa de mortalidad infantil para 2017 sea más alta que la tasa de 2015.

 

"Estamos yendo hacia atrás, no hacia adelante", dijo Marinho.

 

Hasta ahora, Brasil había sido aplaudido por sus exitosos programas gubernamentales que combinaban el crecimiento económico con la reducción de la pobreza. Sin embargo, el país cayó en una recesión en 2014 y se enfrentó a un déficit. Como resultado, la presidenta Dilma Rousseff redujo los gastos del gobierno, incluidos los fondos para estas iniciativas. Luego de la destitución de Rousseff, su reemplazo, Michel Temer, realizó recortes presupuestarios adicionales y congeló el gasto, devastando aún más estos programas.

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Aunque el gobierno redujo el gasto en estos programas, para empezar no gastaron tanto dinero. Según The Guardian , Jurandi Frutuoso, secretario ejecutivo del consejo nacional de secretarios de salud y ex secretario de salud del estado nororiental de Ceará, dijo que "menos de la mitad del gasto de salud de Brasil proviene del gobierno; el resto proviene de planes privados de salud y el bolsillo de la gente, y el gasto no ha podido seguir el ritmo de la creciente población, los avances tecnológicos y la inflación médica".

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GIRLS & WOMEN

Obama Says 'Empowering More Women' Will Help Mend Government Policies

The times call for more female leadership.


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Women working in government have an opportunity to represent their communities and their diverse needs. Gender equality is one of the UN’s Global Goals, and protecting women from job discrimination is essential to the continued efforts to empower girls and women everywhere. You can join us by taking action for gender equality here.

Former US President Barack Obama believes that increased numbers of female leadership will improve and enhance future government policy, reports Time.

In a speech at a town hall meeting with young African leaders at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, Obama said that the solution to current issues in what he called “strongman politics.”

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"Women in particular, by the way, I want you to get more involved," Obama said at the meeting. “Every day I read the newspaper and just think, like, ‘Brothers, what’s wrong with you guys? What’s wrong with us?’ We’re violent, we’re bullying. Just not handling our business. I think empowering more women on the continent, that … is going to lead to some better policies.”

It was the second major speech in two days from Obama on tour in South Africa. The 44th president is using the trip to promote his foundation's mission "to inspire and empower people to change their world," reported CNN.

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American women appear to agree with the sentiments. More than 575 women so far this year declared their intention to run for the House, the Senate, or for a gubernatorial position, reported Politico.

The high numbers of involvement have inspired some to nickname 2018 the "year of the woman," as reported earlier by CNN.

Initiatives such as those led by New York’s junior Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand encouraging more women to run in elections have certainly stimulated potential candidates. But if a bid for office isn’t a natural choice, there are other alternatives for women to get involved in effecting change.

 
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Maybe running for office isn’t for you. Here are some other things you can do to make an impact.

 
 

“Find a candidate who shares your values, who is going to fight for the things you would fight for,” implored Gillibrand in a video first posted to Twitter in 2017 and shared again with her followers last month. ”Find somebody who has the same vision, same drive, and help them, because I promise you she’s gonna need your help.”

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BY SARAH CONLONJUL 19TH 2018EVENTS

A Saturday We Won’t Forget!

For me, Retail inMotion is a rewarding place to work because it’s a company that really shows that it cares. Two weeks ago, I was able to see one of my great passions come together with the people I work with every day. Our HR team at Retail inMotion several weeks prior had offered to host a Saturday event for some very special guests from Chernobyl Children International.

Chernobyl Children International is a United Nations-accredited, non-profit, international development, medical, and humanitarian organization that works with children, families and communities affected by the economic outcome of the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Adi Roche, the founder began work in 1986, immediately after the disaster. I personally became involved in 2013 when I travelled over with 16 volunteers. Since then, I have travelled back to Vesnova Children’s Asylum 4 times and hope to complete another trip later this year.

The residents of Vesnova’s Children’s mental asylum have all unfortunately been affected in some way by the nucleur disaster – some with primary affect due to the radiation, and some secondary like poverty or alcohol abuse within their parents, which has led to abandonment. My last trip to Belarus was in November 2017 and I received great support from my colleagues in Retail inMotion. When I returned and shared my stories and pictures, they immediately wanted to help the children when they would come to Ireland for respite. Our HR dept came up with the idea of hosting a family day at our offices – there was no request or idea too big and they ensured the children would have a day they wouldn’t forget!

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On the day of the event, 27 children, along with carers, translators and hosts, arrived at Hangar 57. We had colouring, party games, face painting and a dance teacher. We were blessed with the weather as the sun shone bright and the songs bellowed as we danced the morning away! We refueled with a pizza party and, of course, more sweets. One important point to mention is that only 3 of the children know a small amount of English. Other than that, there was a total language barrier between the Retail inMotion team and the children. However, that didn’t stop us from communicating with smiles and laughter that morning. I know that this special day will be a gift that will stay with my colleagues that volunteered for years to come. I’m thrilled to have had them experience the joy such small gestures can bring to these deserving children.

There was an eruption of tears, laughter and hugs when the day finally came to an end with a few lovely words of thanks from the children, delivered by the translator. The group was over the moon to see that the Retail inMotion team had prepared special goodie bags for each and every one of them to take home as a memento of a fun day spent together.

180719_RiM_CCI-300x279.jpgSarah Conlon joined Retail inMotion in 2017 and is our Director of Account Management. At Retail inMotion, Sarah is a sales superstar, a tech genius and a brilliant manager to boot. In her spare time, she’s been volunteering with Chernobyl Children International since 2013. She is pictured here with a very special member of CCI who was named Zhenia. 

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EDUCATION

NEW REPORT: World Bank says 132 million girls now out of school globally

13 July 2018 11:08AM UTC | By: THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION

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This story was originally reported by Ellen Wulfhorst and edited by Kieran Guilbert for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

NEW YORK — Failing to let girls finish their education could cost the world as much as $30 trillion in lost earnings and productivity annually, yet more than 130 million girls are out of school globally, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

Women who have completed secondary education are more likely to work and earn on average nearly twice as much as those with no schooling, according to a report by the World Bank.

IMG_5122-1024x681.jpgAbout 132 million girls worldwide aged 6 to 17 do not attend school, while fewer than two-thirds of those in low-income nations finish primary school, and only a third finish lower secondary school, the World Bank said.

If every girl in the world finished 12 years of quality education, lifetime earnings for women could increase by $15 trillion to $30 trillion every year, according to the report.

IMG_4908-1024x683.jpgOther positive impacts of completing secondary school education for girls include a reduction in child marriage, lower fertility rates in countries with high population growth, and reduced child mortality and malnutrition, the World Bank said.

“We cannot keep letting gender inequality get in the way of global progress,” Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank chief executive, said in a statement.

The benefits of educating girls are considerably higher at secondary school level in comparison to primary education, said Quentin Wodon, World Bank lead economist and main report author.

IMG_4941-1024x685.jpg“While we do need to insure that of course all girls complete primary school, that is not enough,” Wodon told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Women who have completed secondary education are at lesser risk of suffering violence at the hands of their partners and have children who are less likely to be malnourished and themselves are more likely to go to school, the report said.

IMG_5137-1024x682.jpg“When 130 million girls are unable to become engineers or journalists or CEOs because education is out of their reach, our world misses out on trillions of dollars,” Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said in a statement.

“This report is more proof that we cannot afford to delay investing in girls,” said Yousafzai, an education activist was shot in the head at the age of 15 by a Taliban gunman in 2012.

The report was published ahead of U.N. Malala Day on Thursday, which marks the birthday of the Pakistani activist.

ONE welcomes the contributions of guest bloggers but does not necessarily endorse the views, programs, or organisations highlighted.

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Here are the 5 films about Nelson Mandela you need to watch

13 July 2018 11:48AM UTC | By: SADOF ALEXANDER

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Mandela Day stands as a day to honour the challenges and triumphs of Nelson Mandela’s life. Through his work in ending South African apartheid, Mandela forever changed a nation and became a symbol of equality for the entire world.

It’s no wonder that his life serves as inspiration for the big screen. We didn’t get enough Mandela movie magic with these 6 inspirational films, so we’re adding more to the list!

1. Mandela

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Mandela gives an in-depth look at the life of Nelson Mandela as his official film biography. This documentary covers his childhood, family, imprisonment, and his long struggle with the anti-apartheid movement. Complete with interview footage from influential figures (including the man himself), this film was nominated for the 1997 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

2. Endgame

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Mandela’s life hasn’t only been told through documentaries. This film presents a dramatised retelling of the last few days of apartheid. From Mandela’s cell to the ANC’s headquarters, to President Botha’s office, Endgame shows audiences how apartheid finally came to an end, leading to Mandela’s release.

3. Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me

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Writer and director Khalo Matabane was just a teenager when Mandela was released from prison. Now, he’s taking a contemporary look at the end of apartheid and how it affects the world today. His film explores the hopes he had for anti-apartheid while reflecting on Mandela’s legacy in the modern day.

4. Music for Mandela

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Music had both personal and political effects on Mandela throughout his life. During apartheid, when mention of Mandela was banned, music kept his name alive and played a vital role in the movement. The documentary features interviews from various singers, Mandela’s rapper grandson, and an ex-prisoner who recalls the songs Mandela sang behind bars.

5. Mandela’s Gun

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Mandela’s Gun shows a part of Mandela’s life that often gets forgotten. The film explores his military training in Algeria and Ethiopia, up to his arrest when he returned to South Africa. Featuring footage from across the continent, this documentary shows Mandela’s travels and struggles as a young liberation fighter.

Bonus: Madiba

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Mandela’s influence hasn’t just appeared on the big screen. Madiba, a three-part miniseries from BET, follows Mandela’s life and pays close attention to the people around him. The series highlights the vital roles of his family members, friends, and colleagues who worked beside him to end apartheid.

Which Mandela movie is your favourite? Leave a comment below!

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HEALTH

A stronger future is now in the cards for Nigerians

13 July 2018 12:10PM UTC | By: INNOCENT EDACHE

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We launched Make Naija Stronger in Nigeria because it is one of the worst places in the world to be an infant, child or mother — one in eight of all children who die in the world under the age of five are Nigerian and 25% of the total number of deaths of children under five in Nigeria are newborns.

We asked ourselves, how can 100 million Nigerians be empowered to transform their families’ health? By securing full funding of the National Health Act.

Full funding would deliver adequate, affordable health services for all Nigerians by providing basic health services, expand and upgrade primary health facilities, develop health human capital (especially at the primary health care level), provide essential drugs and begin the process of providing universal coverage.

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ONE members march on the streets of Abuja calling on the government to #MakeNaijaStronger.

Since we launched the campaign in 2016, over 220,000 people signed our online petition to President Buhari demanding action to revive the healthcare system. Hundreds of people attended street rallies, thousands watched and shared our videos and members even marched to the gates of the National Assembly in February 2018 to demand action from Nigeria’s leaders.

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ONE Champions in action.

Our vibrant young ONE Champion activists, spread our campaign message to the nation’s grassroots, engaging citizens and lobbying state and local government officials.

ONE also worked with numerous civil society and NGO partners to lobby and pressure the Federal Government. In 2017, over 30 of these partners signed an open letter to President Buhari demanding a quantum leap in health funding. ONE also worked hand-in-hand with these partners on over 130 advocacy meetings and public events carried out between February 2017 and May 2018.

In June, we celebrated with our partners a momentous success in the #MakeNaijaStronger campaign. After two years of active campaigning, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2018 budget with N55.1 billion representing 1% of CRF for basic healthcare provision fund.

Through this campaign, we realised: citizens have an effective, powerful voice — when they believe in an issue and pressure government to act, things happen. The most important part of this campaign has been the participation of incredibly passionate Nigerian citizens and influencers — like Waje, Ali Nuhu, Desmond Elliot, Falz, Basketmouth, Toolz, Yemi Alade and Kate Henshaw —  who recognised that policy change was needed to address the country’s health sector.

So, what comes next?

There is lots of work to do in order to turn these funds into healthy lives. We must apply the same vigilance, passion, inventiveness and doggedness to the important task of holding the Nigerian government accountable for the effective and transparent use of these funds and for the proper application of our national health policies. Only then can we expect to see lives positively transformed and saved.

Join ONE now to start using the power of your voice to build a stronger world together.

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Doctors with boats: How a Kenyan woman is keeping her people healthy

October 18 2016 | By: GLOBAL CITIZEN

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This story by Luca Powell originally appeared on Global Citizen.

In 2010, after completing two degrees in the United States, Umra Omar returned to her homeland. And really, you couldn’t blame her: the coastal region of Kenya, where she was born, is pristine and beautiful. At its hub is Lamu, a 14th-century town of Swahili-heritage that looks out onto the Indian Ocean, its coastline peppered with the rocking white boats of fisherman and tourists.

Omar said she was compelled to come back because it was her town of origin, but also because she felt the desire to give back. She had pursued a bachelor’s in neuroscience and psychology before completing her master’s degree in social justice in intercultural relations.

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“I was so fortunate, to be given the scholarships and the opportunity I’ve had, being a woman, being from Kenya. You know, when you’ve been given the world, you have to give the world back,” she told Global Citizen in a phone interview.

In Lamu, that meant addressing the unique challenge of the region — the difficult geography of its coastal, archipelago landscape that is both the regions joy and its pain. Its islands are untouchable hideaways, but where it concerns the indigenous communities and villages that inhabit them, they can be an expensive nightmare in terms of access.

A boat trip from Lamu to one of its surrounding islands doesn’t run cheap. In fact, it can cost as much as $300, or a week of salary. The price tag effectively restricts inhabitants of the region from realistic access to healthcare and other essentials.

It’s here that Omar’s efforts started. Driven by a vision of bringing medical access on the road, she began coordinating mobile healthcare visitations throughout the region. First, by motorbike, then by boat, and even by plane, Omar organized bi-monthly trips to bring doctors and nurses to the villages in Lamu’s orbit.

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The region is a broad geographical space that, Omar says, the government understandably doesn’t have the capacity to comprehensively treat.

“[Lamu] is up in the northern coast, it’s an archipelago and it’s hard to reach. You have to take the bus through Mombasa, which makes it two days of travel to come out here,” she said.

“We also have the indigenous communities that live very sparsely from one another,” Omar said. These are traditionally hunter-gatherer communities that now live spread out in between large tracts of land. Then you add the component of the sea and it becomes much more costly.”

But geography isn’t the only complication to the mission. The area around Lamu, which is close to the Somalian border, has been pockmarked by conflict between the Kenyan military and Al-Shabaab, a militant group. Originating in 2006 as a guerilla response to then-U.S. backed warlords in Somalia, the group has since grown in the eastern African region.

Al-Shabaab’s expansion across Somalia’s southern border into Kenya has been extensive. The group, which is an Al Qaeda affiliate and has also been courted by the Islamic State, is active in Kenya. Since 2010, they’ve claimed responsibility for a number of notable attacks, including the 2010 Kampala bombing and the Garissa University massacre in 2014.

It was that same year Omar founded Safari Doctors, which has made it a focus to get health services to the Aweer and Bajuni groups that have suffered from the conflict.

“Communities are very much caught in between a rock and a hard place,” says Omar, adding that it is also an ethnic problem, because Al-Shabaab militants are harder to distinguish from civilians than their military counterparts in uniform. “The militants can be more targeted than the military, which makes it very complex.”

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Twice each month her team and her, a nurse, administrative coordinator, visiting medic, and boat crew leave for the villages. These outreaches can take up to four days at a time, depending upon the amount of funding they can raise beforehand. Their biggest priority? Immunizations, which are the key component to preventative health care.

Maternal care, too, is a sorely needed reality, she adds, half-jokingly noting that she should know, being currently 7 months pregnant now and with a bouncing toddler in her arms. She is married and enjoys what she calls a “village of a family,” but recognizes as well the demand for family planning and education where it isn’t available.

Beyond that, Safari Doctors does what it can to facilitate the treatments of diseases like cholera, which is prevalent in areas without clean water. For the cases Safari Doctors can’t treat in the field, Omar’s team gently coaxes their patients to make the trip to Lamu District Hospital.

“We’re at the baby stage,” says Omar. “Down the road we want to build educational groups, a volunteer exchange, and clinics.”

Her longer-term strategy is to build the infrastructure and capacity to provide more in-depth care, testing for things such as diabetes and hypertension. Ideally, she’d like to cover at least 10 villages over a weeklong outreach. In that scenario, Safari Doctors could treat up to 1,000 patients.

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Currently, her project is funded by a variety of NGOs, such as the Anthony Robbins Foundation and Doctors of the World. Omar is interested in redesigning a more sustainable economic model for Safari Doctors. Her plan is to use a premium, privatized model to back-fund the public project, giving the initiative stability and longevity. She calls this, “flipping the game.”

But what she is also flipping is the conventional definition of the safari. A Swahili word meaning “to journey,” Omar says she’s owning the word for what it means, rather than the now-conventional association with animal viewing. To that end, she opens up her trips — safaris — to donors who want to see Lamu’s beautiful islands and engage with real people.

“They go out into communities, they do projects and help fund the villages, they know that their money is going toward something worthwhile.”

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A unique opportunity here for young aspiring musicians in Mayo to learn from The Deans, currently in the midst of their Irish tour. The band are set to lead a workshop in The Core Mayo next Tuesday, July 24th on songwriting, the inner workings of the modern music industry, the practicalities of music technology, nuances of performance and developing stagecraft.

 

 

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Odd Socks Day for Anti-Bullying Week

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What is it?

Most importantly, Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity for children to express themselves and appreciate individuality and uniqueness!

 

 

There is no pressure on the children to wear the latest fashion or for parents to buy expensive costumes.  All they have to do to take part is wear odd socks to school, it couldn’t be simpler!  Odd Socks day will take place on the first day of Anti Bullying Week, Monday 12th November 2018 to help raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Week.  We would like to invite participating children to make a £1 donation - or any donation you think appropriate - to support the Anti-Bullying Alliance to continue coordinating Anti-Bullying Week.

You do not have to raise money to take part - the most important thing is the message of Odd Socks Day - and any money raised for us is a bonus!

Here is last year's pack for schools which gives you lesson plans and ideas to help bring your Odd Socks Day to life.

We'll be launching a new school pack with a new song in September 2018. 

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Andy Day is undoubtedly one of the most popular children’s personalities in the UK and widely known for his antics tackling dinosaurs, investigating baby animals and being on safari.  At Glastonbury 2017, Andy launched his brand new rock 'n' roll band for kids, 'Andy and the Odd Socks'. Aimed at primary school children of all ages, Andy and the Odd Socks are all hugely individual and entertaining characters whose message to children is simple: be proud of who you are and be accepting of one another, in the words of one of the best known Odd Socks songs, be 'Unique'. We are delighted that Andy is a patron of the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Unique by Andy and the Odd Socks 

This song encompasses why we do Odd Socks Day and helps to celebrate what makes us all unique. 

 

 

How can you donate to the Anti-Bullying Alliance?

We are a small team and are always so very grateful for any fundraising that you do for us to help us keep running Anti-Bullying Week each year in England. If you raise money for us through your Odd Socks Day or anytime in Anti-Bullying Week you can give it to us in the following ways:

  • You can donate directly to us via our Virgin Money Giving page.
  • Or send us a cheque should be made payable to the ‘Anti-Bullying Alliance’ and posting it to Anti-Bullying Alliance, National Children's Bureau, WeWork London Fields, 115 Mare Street, London E8 4RU. Please make sure you include your name and your address as we like to acknowledge all funds raised wherever possible.

Andy Day Quote

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