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HERO Army News October 2013

on Wednesday, 02 October 2013. Posted in Current News

 

 

Corporates! 

Looking for amazing gift ideas for your clients this Christmas?

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This Christmas give your clients a gift that helps transform lives forever.

T-Shirts, polos and business shirts made to order with company embroidery and screenprinting. 

Starting at just $20 this could be the perfect corporate gift, touch someones life and also let your clients know you care about the global community. 

Check out HERO shop to find out more or download the PDF of our latest styles and pricing here.

Contact David Crawford 
0402137 305
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Our Partner - Empower Cambodia 

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Click the link to learn more about this amazing work and how you can support.

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Have the best day, and don't forget that a HERO is simply someone that stands in the gap for someone else!

David & Fiona Crawford
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Road 2 Relief - Bohol Earthquake Relief Needed

on Thursday, 17 October 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Volunteer, Current News, Pray, Join or Run a HERO Event, Give A Gift Card, How to Be A HERO, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Homelessness, Natural Disasters, The Philippines

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A 7.1-magnitude earthquake smashed the Cebu province including the central island of Bohol, The Philippines on Tuesday morning, ripping apart bridges, tearing down centuries-old churches and triggering landslides that engulfed entire homes.

 

The number of people confirmed killed on Bohol and neighbouring islands climbed from 93 on Tuesday to 151 on Wednesday night as the full scale of the disaster became clear, and there were no tales of miracle rescues.

 

Our partner has over 800,000 meals ready to deliver to residents of Bohol Island.  Immediate financial support is required to be able to deliver the meals.

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Many people are now homeless and shops are closed, so hunger over the coming days and weeks will become a real problem.

 

In the coming days we want to help transport all the food from Manila to Bohol Island and then distribute it to the hardest hit of the 1.2 million residents.

 

 

 

*Make your tax deductible donation to help the distribution.               (All donations over $2 are tax deductible)

Fifty staff ready to deliver food

 

bohol newsletter012.jpgOur project partner on Bohol Island has over 50 staff and does amazing work helping to transform the lives of thousands of locals every year through the Transform program.

 

They are such an inspiration to us and we know that they are already helping those in need, so we just need to support them at this time through donations to get the shipping and food distribution organised.

 

Your support would be greatly appreciated at this time.

 

If you have any questions please call or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

David: 0402137305  - Fiona: 0412335792

 

More about the earthquake...

 

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Cebu province, with a population of more than 2.6 million, is about an hour away by plane from Manila. Neighbouring Bohol, a favourite of tourists because of its sandy beaches, is a short boat ride away from Cebu.

There were reports of aftershocks following the quake.

Nearly 3 million people were affected by the 7.1 magnitude quake on Tuesday, which caused landslides and widespread damage to infrastructure in the tourist destinations of Bohol island and the nearby Cebu islands.

The number of injured rose towards 300, with at least 23 people missing.

The national disaster agency said at least 134 of the dead were on Bohol Island, which took the brunt of the quake. The island is located 630 km (390 miles) south of the capital, Manila.

Officials feared the toll would rise as communications with remote areas were re-established.

 

Find out more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24530042

 

 

*Make your tax deductible donation to help the distribution.         (All donations over $2 are tax deductible)

 

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*In Australia, tax deductible receipts for gifts over $2 with a preference for this GDG-approved emergency relief project J700N will be issued by the Be A Hero Australia Ancillary Fund (ABN: 28 521 795 320).  Global Development Group (GDG; ABN 57 102 400 993) is the AusAID approved NGO responsible for the project. Excess funds may go to other approved project activities.

UPDATE - Road 2 Relief - Bohol Earthquake Relief Needed

on Friday, 18 October 2013. Posted in Volunteer, Current News, Pray, Join or Run a HERO Event, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, Give A Gift Card, Speak Up, Homelessness, The Philippines

 

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We have just recieved these updates from Bohol from our project leader, Minierva.

One update is a the letter below and the other is a report for the Condition of Our Jumpstart Area After the Earthquake.pdf containing information about the status of the 13 schools run by ICM in Bohol

 

Please keep supporting, so far we have already raised $1,100 towards distribuition.

 

Keep the donations coming in, we are so gratefull for your support.

 

David & Fiona

 

Minierva L. Lahaylahay, Interim Area Head - Bohol

International Care Ministries Foundation Inc.- Philippines

Tagbilaran City, Bohol

Hi All,

Good afternoon, it's been 2 days ago since the 7.2 earthquake strike in our province Bohol, personally I was shaking when it was happened, I am holding my 2 daughters and embracing my son while our house was shaking, but in spite of it, I am so thankful to the Lord for sparing the lives of my family as well as all the ICM staff and family,

bohol newsletter 04.jpgMany people are now homeless and shops are closed, so hunger over the coming days and weeks will become a real problem.

In the coming days we want to help transport all the food from Manila to Bohol Island and then distribute it to the hardest hit of the 1.2 million residents.

 

Seeing all the results of the earthquake, can't help me but cry, it was very devastating, no one was prepared because it was just an ordinary day for all of us.

I noticed people run fro and thro everybody was panic, it seems that it's already the end of the world, most of my neighbors climb to the mountains because some people speculate that tsunami or tidal wave is coming, so everyone go to the higher place bringing their foods and water.

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I was in the command center with other staff bringing the Nutripacks we gave to DSWD, there was plenty of food but I know it is not enough to gave those thousands or millions of Boholano families affected by the earthquake, my heart brakes but overwhelm seeing volunteer from all walks of life packing the foods as a sign that we cares for each other.

The DSWD people headed by Ms. Mita Tecson was so grateful for the food packs we bring to the command center, and Ms. Lala Ruiz executive assistant of Asec Gudmalin was overwhelm for the immediate response we give to their request.

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Our networks pastor are coming to our office, calling and texting us for help, they need food, water, medicines and blanket, some needs tarpulin or something that they can cover themselves from heat and rain, we already responded almost 30 network pastors with a minimum of 25 household of each pastors and we expect more calls and text are coming before this day ends. we distributed almost 30,000 of food parcels, 408 bottles of water, blankets (donation from shangrilla) as of this time.

bohol newsletter012.jpgOur network pastors are very much overwhelm and grateful with the immediate response we give to their needs, I know going to far areas are much more challenging to do, knowing bridges and roads were being destroy but through our partnership with the bohol provincial government we can reach our hand to them.

Thank you very much for your undying love and support, it is always a blessed to be a blessing to someone, the entire staff of bohol are grateful that our families are ok, because it gives us an opportunity that we can help others beside our families.

Minierva

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HERO Army News November 2013

on Saturday, 02 November 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Current News, HERO Shop, Ethical Shopping, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, India, Speak Up, Cambodia

 

 

Looking for a christmas gift idea for those men in your life ?

 

Make this Christmas gift one that helps transform lives in Cambodia by purchasing 3 Individually hand sewn Mens Business Shirts for just $140 .

  • Choose between black (cotton/spandex), white and/or white with grey pin stripe (100% cotton)
  • We can deliver to you or your loved ones
  • Corporate branding embroidery available
  • Order this week to have delivery before Christmas

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David Crawford 0402 137 305

 

To find out more about how buying garments made through HERO Shop is helping transform lives click here.

 

 



Total Shade Solutions love HERO Shop Polo's

FROM OUR HERO SHOP CLIENTS

Total Shade Solutions are delighted to be wearing company apparel supplied by Be A HERO through the HERO Shop.

TSS says, “The guys are very impressed with their new work shirts, they look and feel great!  We are happy that we have been able to help out others that are in need by doing this.”

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Knowledge is Key for a Bright Future

FROM CAMBODIA

placeholder150.jpgThese kids are hungry for knowledge and so happy that they have a chance to study in a ‘class’. They know that this is their chance to have a bright future!

Two village outreach projects for children are out in the back blocks of the province. One ‘class’ takes place under a big old tree and at a second location the ‘class’ takes place under a house. White boards are replaced with flip charts and chairs replaced with tarps.

The children travel along the wet pot holed roads, slipping and sliding in the mud and rain, as they excitedly make their way to their ‘classrooms’ much earlier than they need to. 

Mums’ and Dads’ sit around the boundary of the class and the joy on their faces can’t be hidden.

Many of these parents would not have had an opportunity like this and have no doubt struggled through their lives as a result of illiteracy. The teachers are passionate about imparting their knowledge to the children, so class time is special for all involved.




Women’s Lives are Changed

FROM BANGLIDESH

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In India and Bangladesh sewing classes ares part of the community development program training village women in the tailoring skills they need for employment. Many are able to find work in garment factories, earning an income for the first time in their lives.

The Indian women who formed a “self-help” group are so grateful for the opportunity to own their own sewing machines so they can sew clothes at home and earn a living.

All these women's self-esteem has improved as they are able to help provide for the daily needs of their families.

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Ongoing support of just $33 a month to support a child also provides training for these women.  

 



Be A HERO - Share your heart for others

 

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Just start talking to those around you about the issues of today: poverty, AIDS, child labourers, orphans, street children, child soldiers, sexual exploitation, slavery, unsafe water, children not in school, maternal death rate, refugees, night commuting children, human rights, justice – pick one that you are passionate about, study it, and SPEAK UP!

Join the Be A HERO Facebook and share it out to your friends and asscoiates.

Find Out More Ways to Be A HERO

David & Fiona

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Gender Equality - I have an 11 year old daughter

on Tuesday, 05 November 2013. Posted in Bangladesh, Current News, Speak Up, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea

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I have an 11 year old daughter. I read a story this morning about an 11 year old Cambodian girl who has lived a very different life to my daughter. She lives with the belief that a girl is pure like white linen, but once she has been "stained" she is stained forever and no longer valuable. You can imagine what this means for that little precious girl - living in poverty - there are a few distinct industries where there is money to be made...

HERO Event - Road to Relief The Philippines Fun Run/Walk Wrap Up

on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Current News, Join or Run a HERO Event, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, Give A Gift Card, Speak Up, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Natural Disasters, The Philippines

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Inaugurual Road to Relief Wrap Up!

8 December was a beautiful day for a fun run/walk. The sun was shining, there was a sea breeze and we had over 40 participants for our innaugural fun run/walk. 

So far we have raised over $2500 for the Philippines Natural Disasters Relief.

Well done everyone for your participation and willingness to help our neighbours!

 

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Weather Update

 

Due to the storm bringing down some power lines at Wellington Point, we are rescheduling the Road to Relief to Sunday December 8th. Same Time. Same Place.

 

 

Event Information

Our project partner has food ready to distribute for the natural disaster ravaged The Philippines.  We have computers that need to be shipped to get communications up and running again.

We need YOU to raise the transportation money to get all this out to the families and NGOs who need them to get their lives back...

Join Us for your Sunday afternoon stroll or training run
Sunday 8 December, 2013

 

Registrations open 3pm.

Walk/Run Starts @ 4pm.

Download registration form here. Then click below to pay registration.

Register Yourself

Register Your Family

Donate to help our neighbours in the Philippines:

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Map Road to Relief
 

Here's the link to the route - Southern Foreshore, Wellington Point Reserve, Main Road - Christina Street, Wellington Point

In the event that we have to cancel the run/walk, there will not be any refunds, but the funds will be used to get food and computers to our Filipino neighbours.

*Registration opens 3.15pm

*Runners leave at 4pm

*Walkers leave at 4.10pm

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors:-

Bradbury Education and Training  Redlands Kayak Tours  Royal CDS 
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A HERO Fun Run - 30 March, 2014

on Friday, 21 February 2014. Posted in Volunteer, Current News, Pray, Join or Run a HERO Event, Speak Up, How to Be A HERO, Australia

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Cleveland GJ Walter Park Map HERO Event Route

30 March, 2014
Walk, run, push, scoot, wheel
or drag your dog along
to transform children's lives!

Cost:

Adult $25
Student/Concession $15
Child (10-15 years) $5
Under 10 years Free
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) $60
Team (6-10 people) $100

Time: 

Registration opens - 3.00pm
Runners start 4.00pm - Walkers straight after

 

Where:
G J Walter Park, Shore Street North, Cleveland (behind Grand View Hotel)

Bring yourself, the kids, the dogs, the scooter, the pram, the frisbee and enjoy the beauty of the bay!

Available on the Day:
Drinks (from $1.50)
Sausage sizzle ($1.50) available from 4.30pm

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A HERO Super HERO Dinner - 7 November, 2014

on Friday, 21 February 2014. Posted in Volunteer, Current News, Pray, Join or Run a HERO Event, Speak Up, How to Be A HERO, Australia

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JOIN US FOR A FUN NIGHT DRESSED AS YOUR FAVOURITE SUPER HERO TO TRANSFORM CHILDREN'S LIVES

Cost: $65.00 per person or $500 for a table of 10 people

RSVP:  Essential by Friday 30 October 2014

Time:  6.30pm for a 7.00pm start

 

Where:  Pacific Resort, Middle Street, Cleveland 4163

Guest Speakers: Everyday Super HEROES

Hear about the HERO Shop

 

Charity Auction on the night

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A HERO Month - September

on Friday, 21 February 2014. Posted in Volunteer, Current News, Pray, Join or Run a HERO Event, Speak Up, How to Be A HERO, Australia

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START A RIPPLE IN SEPTEMBER 2014

CHALLENGE YOURSELF IN YOUR CHOSEN ACTIVITY

SET GOALS FOR YOU AND FOR THE KIDS

CHOOSE YOUR PROJECT

Cost:   $100 to participate

Start:  12.01am 1 September, 2014

End:     11.59pm 30 Septemer, 2014

Challenge yourself in your chosen activity during September and raise funds and awareness for the children in our world who need someone to speak up for them.

You can choose any activity you like - riding, running, walking, reading, paddling, swimming, surfing, hoops, spring cleaning, community service... anything!

You can choose your Cause (tax deductible), your Project Partner (tax deductible) or raise HERO Partners (not tax deductible).

We will shortly have a registration page with fundraising links set up to facilitate this event.  In the meantime, tell your friends to join you to change the world!

Throw it out there! Start a ripple effect in our world - achieve your own goals and transform the life of a child!

**Participation is at your own risk.  You will be required to sign a waiver indemnifying Be A HERO Australia against all liability

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HERO Army News March 2014

on Friday, 14 March 2014. Posted in Current Projects, Current News, Join or Run a HERO Event, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Join the HERO Army, Contact Us, Sustainability

 

 

Sunday 30 March Fun Run/Walk

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Walk, run, push, scoot, wheel or drag your dog along
to transform children's lives!

Bring yourself, the kids, the dogs, the scooter, the pram, the frisbee and enjoy the beauty of the bay!

Where:

G J Walter Park, Shore Street North, Cleveland (behind Grand View Hotel)

Cost:
Adult     $25
Student/Concession     $15
Child (10-15 years)     $5
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Family (2 adults + up to 4 children)     $60
Team (6-10 people)     $100

Available on the Day:
Drinks (from $1.50)

Sausage sizzle ($1.50) available from 4.30pm

 

Time:
Registration opens - 3.00pm
Runners start 4.00pm - Walkers straight after

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ANZAC Day "Break the Cycle" Samford Ride

 

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25 April, 2014 is your day.

Time:  6.30am

Where:  Park in Station Street, Samford Village

Download registration form and return by email by 20 April, 2014 please
Sausage sizzle ($1.50) available from 4.30pm

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Afternoon tea in the park @ Station Street, Samford Village

**Cyclists participate at their own risk and will be required to sign a waiver indemnifying Be A HERO Australia against all liability

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HERO Army funds "Empower Seamstresses"

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This past year we have been supporting sewing training and employment for ladies to make  mens and ladies business shirts, when you purchase your corporate business shirts through us you are supporting girls to have proper wages and great working conditions.

This project has a heart to equip, empower and enrich the

lives of the Cambodian people by providing long term donate button small aus.pngsolutions through the provision of quality development projects and is one of the centres supported by the HERO Shop.

Program beneficiaries bring with gdg button small.pngthem a number of issues resulting from their circumstances, which include, but are not limited to children and youth who are living in extreme poverty, victims of sex trafficking, rape, domestic violence and addictions; children, youth and adults living with HIV; orphans either due to death, abandonment or poverty; and child headed households and labourers.

Your HERO Army funds are creating self sustainibility for many, go the HERO Army!

 

Read About More Sustainibility Projects

 

Till next month, we love you Heroes!

 

David & Fiona

 

News from Bangladesh School Child Sponsorship

on Friday, 02 May 2014. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Current News, Schools - Education, Sponsor A Child

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Some news from Be A HERO Australia's project partner (child sponsorship program) in Bangladesh:-

Dilu Road School is in Dhaka capital city. 90% students are from slum area. They do not have real shelter. Most of the time, they do not have food to eat. They love EHC school, because we provide daily hot meal (Fish, Meat, Rice & palse soup). The standard of education is good, that's why the people love to send their children here. Recently, we had a parents day, more than two hundred parents came.
We provide uniform, educational kits, Christmas gift. Recently, they had sports & games day. It was full fun. All the students & their parents are so happy as their children are doing their studies in EHC school.

For $33/month would you consider transforming a child's life through child sponsorship?

HERO Army News - October 2014

on Monday, 13 October 2014. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Current News, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

 

HERO ARMY News October 2014

Welcome to the October 2014 HERO Army News. This month we share about our Cleveland District State High School uniforms; our upcoming Super HERO Dinner; and how one girl can help those in need with a little help. Enjoy...

Super HERO Dinner - Friday 7 November, 2014

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JOIN US FOR A FUN NIGHT DRESSED AS YOUR FAVOURITE SUPER HERO TO TRANSFORM CHILDREN'S LIVES

Cost: $65.00 per person or $500 for a table of 10 people

Time:  6.30pm for a 7.00pm start

 

Where:  Pacific Resort, Middle Street, Cleveland 4163

MC: Nova Radio Host - Kip Wightman

Guest Speakers: Everyday Super HEROES - Ryan and Anna Cuthel

How can you easily "Be A HERO"

Lucky Door Prizes - Best Dressed Super HERO - Raffles/Auction

Click the register now button to book or contact David Crawford 0402 137305 for Table Bookings and/or Sponsorship.
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Cleveland High School Uniforms

 

hero shop tag 5.jpgCambodian girls having their lives transformed through the making of school uniforms!!!

After a meeting with school principal, Paul Bancroft in 2013, Cleveland District State High School decided to take its already extensive social justice programs to new frontiers by giving Be A HERO the opportunty to make the school's senior uniforms through our HERO Shop!agape 3.jpg

The HERO Shop concept is to make transformational change of lives in developing countries as well as helping to engage Australians who purchase clothes made by extremely poor, rescued or "at risk" girls in developing countries.

The Cleveland High students can actively participate by wearing and feeling the difference they are making in the lives of rescued girls, thus empowering the next generation so they can be part of the solution for others through this training, empowering and income generating process.

The two projects that Be A HERO work with in Cambodia support over 85 girls and they have been busy making the school uniforms.

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While Fiona was in Cambodia recently she caught up with one of our great friends Sophy. Sophy works on the ground in Phnom Penh helping keep babies from being trafficked.

Sophy is an amzazing example of helping her own with all of her energy and talents, so when she shared with Fiona how much she needed proper transport to get around, naturally Fiona was empowered to help raise some money to by a moto.

So, the text mesages went out and the "Super HERO" Break the Cycle Cambodia team pitched in and raised $1200 and 48 hours later Sophy took possession of her new (second hand) Honda. We are blessed to have such incredible friends and now Sophy can help more of those in need - awesome!! Michael De Jong (Be A Hero supporter) said, "It was great being involved again in what Be A Hero does best - making a difference and helping those like Sophy be able to help others in Cambodia".

Till, next month when we see you at the dinner... we love you Heroes!

David & Fiona

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Cyclone Pam Relief Appeal

on Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Current News, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

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VANUATU EMERGENCY RELIEF / CYCLONE PAM

A major relief effort in Vanuatu after the devastation of Cyclone Pam is already underway, we are calling on all HEROES to support the efforts of locals to help those in desperate need.pangobeahero1.jpg

News from the ground in Vanuatu...

Like many other villages, Pango Village, just outside Port Vila, was devastatingly hit when Cyclone Pam crossed from the east to the west side of Vanuatu on Friday 13 March.

Initial reports and photographs show that the community has been severely affected with many roofs and shacks destroyed, trees uprooted, subsistence gardens lost, jobs in jeopardy and lives in ruins.

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Over the past 10 years our friends at Cleveland High School have built a relationship with Pango Village, with groups of staff and students undertaking ambitious projects in the local schools and kindergartens.

Staff and students from their Sister School, Pango Centre School, have travelled to Cleveland for personal development and expanded education.

People urgently need shelter, clean water, food and sanitation and as we find out more information we will alert you to specific needs like housing and infrastructure rebuilding.

While it is exciting to build relationships in good time, the test of these relationships comes in times of need.

We are appealing to all school families as well as the wider Be A HERO community, to reach out with a tax deductible donation to help to help rebuild the schools, kindergartens, village infrastructure and homes of those worst affected, as well as to provide emergency aid where needed.

All money raised will go to the relief effort in Pango Village and beyond if possible.

If you want to help, donations can be made to Be A HERO Australia on the link below or bank transfer.donate

Westpac Bank - Be A HERO Australia

BSB : 034 070  ACC : 308 700

Donations over $2 are tax deductible.

The project is being managed and monitored by Global Development Group with Be A HERO Australia.

Together, we can do amazing things, come on HEROES!

                           

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Nepal Emergency Relief

on Thursday, 30 April 2015. Posted in Current Projects, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Current News, HERO Shop, Vocational Training - Self Sufficiency - Income Generation, Schools - Education, How to Be A HERO, Human Trafficking, Cambodia

 

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Nepal needs your help today!

mumnepalbeahero.jpgA major earthquake has struck eastern Nepal, near Mount Everest, two weeks after more than 8,000 people died in a devastating quake.

The latest earthquake hit near the town of Namche Bazaar and sent thousands of panicked residents on to the streets of Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

It had a magnitude of 7.3, compared with the 7.8 of the 25 April quake.

So far, at least 48 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured, officials say. At least 17 have also died in India.

Relief efforts have begun, however the need in Nepal is great. Be A HERO partner Global Development Group currently has four projects delivering emergency relief:

J537R Heartland Emergency Relief Project
is located in Kathmandu, the epicentre of the earthquake. This project is positioned in prime position to deliver effective emergency relief to those worst affected by temphousenepalbeahero.jpgthe earthquake.

Along with providing much needed emergency relief this project is also focusing on structural assessments of buildings, repairs required and counselling for school students, staff and families. This is to ensure the long term safety and well-being of the Nepalese people.

J742NR Lighthouse Emergency Relief Project has been started to help deliver emergency relief to the most needy in the aftermath of the earthquake. This includes requirements such as temporary shelter, food and water and medical requirements.

J863N WFP Emergency Relief Project is a partnership with the World Food Program. This project is aimed at providing much need food to those worst affected by the earthquake. Food is the most urgent of requirements at the moment for the Nepalese people affected.

Money donated to this project will help World Food Program provide food to families who need it the most.

J870R Metamorphic Disaster Relief in partnership with Metamorphic, this project has access to over 80 groups in Nepal via community leaders.
Some of these communities are in some of the hardest hit areas.
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The project has three goals; the first is to provide clean safe drinking water by water filtration, the second is to provide shelter to those that are vulnerable, especially children and the third goal is to provide emergency food supplies

Together, we can do amazing things, come on HEROES!
David & Fiona
 

Ethical Trading - Australian Labels

on Thursday, 27 August 2015. Posted in Current News

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Labelling In Australia – Vote With Your Dollars

Within the last decade the number of labels appearing on products available to Australian consumers, be they food or furnishings, has increased markedly.

As a result, many people now find themselves confused as to what all these new markers mean and how they relate to the production of the item(s) they wish to purchase.

In order to resolve this confusion, this fortnight’s newsletter will address the topic of labels; their purpose and their impact.

You will have seen many of these symbols before.fairtradelogosbeahero (2).jpg

Think of the Save the Dolphins label, the Rainforest Alliance eco-label and even the Fair Trade label. Many however may be new, and/or you may never have really paid attention to these markers before.

The purposes of these labels are many:

  • labels help Australian consumers to differentiate between products that have been made in an environmentally friendly/human rights respecting manner from those that are not
  • labels differentiate products that are energy efficient from those that are non-energy efficient
  • labels differentiate products that minimise waste from those that do not minimise waste

It should never be forgotten that buying and supporting products that feature eco-labels places pressure on many powerful corporations to improve their practices.

It is with this in mind that we have established this page in order to examine a portion of the most important eco-labels used within the Australian market, what they symbolise exactly and where products featuring these labels can be purchased.  

Specific Labels

Fair Trade

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Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.


UTZ Certified

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When you buy UTZ Certified coffee, cocoa or tea you are helping build a better future.

 

UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment.Through the UTZ-program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. Now and in the future. And that tastes a lot better.

https://www.utzcertified.org

Rainforest Alliance Certified

367443c40cd6a049d978b1bb23ff075aThe Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal ensures that a product comes from a farm or forest operation that meets comprehensive standards that protect the environment and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. Products that carry the green frog seal include coffee, tea, chocolate, fruit, ready to drink beverages and juices, flowers, paper and tissue products, furniture and more. 

Fairtrade Certified

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 We seek to empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty. Rather than creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that empowers farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, helps workers create safe working conditions, provides a decent living wage and guarantees the right to organize. Through direct, equitable trade, farming and working families are able to eat better, keep their kids in school, improve health and housing, and invest in the future. Keeping families, local economies, the natural environment, and the larger community strong today and for generations to come; these are the results we seek through Fair Trade.

http://www.fairtradeusa.org/about-fair-trade-usa/mission

Australian Certified

Australian Certified Organic

Australian certified organic ACO provides certification services to operators from all sectors of the organic industry. Certification ensures compliance with national production standards and allows trace back of all products to their origin.

The WELS Water Rating Label                 

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The WELS water-rating label provides water efficiency information for water-using household products. The mandatory rating system is similar to the energy rating labelling, with six stars. By choosing to use more water-efficient products in the home, Australians will save water and cut down on water and energy bills.

 

 

Dolphin Safe/Friendly
bd743303f4bf66fa006d48577d691948The Earth Island Institute monitors tuna companies around the world to ensure the tuna is caught by methods that do not harm dolphins and protect the marine ecosystem. In order for tuna to be considered “Dolphin Safe”, it must meet the following standards: 1. No intentional chasing, netting or encirclement of dolphins during an entire tuna fishing trip; 2. No use of drift gill nets to catch tuna; 3. No accidental killing or serious injury to any dolphins during net sets; 4. No mixing of dolphin-safe and dolphin-deadly tuna in individual boat wells (for accidental kill of dolphins), or in processing or storage facilities; and 5. Each trip in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) by vessels 400 gross tons and above must have an independent observer on board attesting to the compliance with points (1) through (4) above.

For further information on these eco-labels, and Australian Eco-labels in particuler, please check out our social media sites;

https://www.facebook.com/beaherointernational

https://www.pinterest.com/admin5363/

https://twitter.com/ucanbeahero

 

 

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