Somalia Aid: How you can help the humanitarian crisis

The mainstream media haven’t been doing much coverage on this, so I believe that it’s vital that we all speak up about the crisis going on and how the world and you can help Somalia Aid.

Yesterday, social media star – Jérôme Jarre – sparked a campaign to get Turkish Airlines, the one airline that flies to Somalia, to donate a plane to fly out there with food and water. People of the internet cottoned onto this and began to trend #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia, which trended worldwide on Twitter last night.

The power of social media is incredible and Turkish Airlines saw the trend, responding with this tweet:

There have been articles by some media outlets talking about the crisis in a tone that indicates there is nothing we can do, but we can. I’ve done a lot of research to compile this post in hopes I can inspire my readers to take action. Here’s how you can help Somalia Aid.

Donating money

Many charities are encouraging financial donations as a big way of helping.

“In the event of a disaster, we don’t send volunteers abroad because we already have thousands of volunteers on the ground, already established and working in these areas,” said Ben Webster, head of emergencies at the British Red Cross. Managing new volunteers “can make this a little bit trickier”.

In agreement, Lily Caprani of Unicef UK said: “while we appreciate all volunteers… the best thing the public can do to help is to donate so organisations like Unicef can continue their life-saving work”. Continue reading “Somalia Aid: How you can help the humanitarian crisis”

Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Charity Corner: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Welcome back to Charity Corner. This is my new series where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. Today’s Charity Corner, I speak to Hayley Chow, the Communications Officer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, a charity which cares for the animals taken in or abandoned.

What is the mission of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home?

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help. We care for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. The Home is a champion for, and a supporter of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. The rescue centre has a non-selective intake policy which means we never turn away a dog or cat no matter the breed, condition, age, temperament or health.

What’s the story behind the creation of your charity?

The charity was founded by Mary Tealby in 1860, making Battersea Dogs & Cats Home one of the UK’s oldest animal rescue centres. Since opening, the charity has cared for more than 3.1 million dogs and cats. Originally called The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs and based in Holloway, London, it moved to its now famous site in Battersea in 1871 and started taking in cats in 1883. We changed our name from Battersea Dogs Home to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home back in 2002.

What outcomes has Battersea seen through its work?

Battersea cares for over 8,000 dogs and cats every year (around 5,000 dogs and 3,000 cats). In 2015, Battersea reunited 542 animals with their owners and rehomed 5,681 (2,574 dogs and 3,107 cats).

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
Book Aid International

Charity Corner: Book Aid International

Welcome back to Charity Corner. This is my new series where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. Today’s Charity Corner, I speak to Jenny Hayes, the Communications Executive at Book Aid International, a charity which provides books to underprivileged places in the world.

What is the mission of Book Aid International?

Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book provision and library development charity. We believe that books and reading give people the opportunity to change their lives for the better. Our mission is therefore to get brand new books to the places around the world where books are scarce but where, if people had access to books, they could make a huge difference. To do this, we work in partnership with libraries, providing brand new books, resources and training to support environments in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish.

What’s the story behind the creation of your charity?

Book Aid International was founded in 1954 by Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly. Two years prior to that, Lady Ranfurly had moved with her husband to the Bahamas where he was Governor General. As she toured the islands, she was shocked at the lack of reading materials. She set about collecting books which she packed up and sent to schools, libraries and institutions on the islands. Thus the Ranfurly Library Service was born. On her return to the UK in 1956 Lady Ranfurly decided to expand her ‘book scheme’ to the British Commonwealth. The Ranfurly Library Service took up residence in London and sent books to countries all over the world. In 1994 the charity changed its name to Book Aid International.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

Charity Corner: ASH Wales

Welcome back to Charity Corner. This is my new series where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. Today’s Charity Corner, I speak to Emily Cole, the Digital Communications and PR Officer at ASH Wales, a charity which aims to confront the deleterious caused by smoking.

What is the mission of Ash Wales?

ASH Wales is the only organisation in Wales whose sole focus is tackling the harms of smoking. We help make new laws, we run campaigns to educate adults and we work with lots of young people to help them quit smoking or to not even start in the first place. We’re not just ASH Wales though… we also run a youth project called The Filter Wales  and an online community for adults to quit smoking, Smokefree Me.

What’s the story behind the creation of your charity?

Back in the 1970s when ASH first started here in Wales, most people were only just learning about how bad smoking really was for us. 46% of the UK’s residents smoked back in the 70s too, so that’s where we came in – to teach people about the harms of tobacco and to support them to kick the deadly habit.

What outcomes has ASH Wales seen through its work?

From when we launched in 1976 to now there’s been 400,000 less smokers in Wales – that’s something big to be proud of. Most recently, we launched our youth project called The Filter, back in 2012. Since then we’ve worked with thousands of Wales’ young people and smoking rates among teenagers has continued to decrease from around 13% to 9% in just 5 of years – that’s a huge leap.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.
Charity Corner

Charity Corner: Help Harry Help Others

It’s a new year and I’ve decided to create a new series. Different to other series that I work on, ‘Charity Corner’ is where I will be using my blog as a platform to lend a voice to different charities and organisations of all sizes, backgrounds and causes. There are so many in existence and while some are lucky to have the privilege to advertise nation-wide or even internationally, there are also so many smaller causes but equally as important that deserve the chance to spread the word of their actions.For the very first Charity Corner, I’ve spoken to Georgie Moseley, founder of Help Harry Help Others, a charity who aims to fund vital brain tumor research.

What is the mission of your charity?

Our mission is simple. To ultimately find a cure for brain cancer, We offer grants to families suffering financial hardship directly as a result of a cancer diagnosis. We also offer adults and children with any type of Cancer any support that is needed outside of cancer treatment- all from under one roof.

In a ‘home-from-home’ environment, we offer time, understanding, empathy, advice, as well as social activities.

We strongly believe that no one should face cancer alone, or feel isolated. We offer accessible support in the community to adults and children affected by any type of cancer. No referrals are required – we are here to help!

What’s the story behind the creation of ‘Help Harry Help Others’? 

My son, Harry, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2007.  In 2009 after undergoing intensive radiotherapy Harry met a fellow patient (Robert Harley who was 55 years old). When Harry heard his friend was deteriorating, he had a vision, a vision to help all those with affected by cancer following him seeing a fellow patient deteriorate.  With a brain tumour himself, my incredible boy raised over £750,00 for good causes via his famous bracelet making idea until he passed away in 2011, aged eleven.

Due to the impact that cancer had on our family, I saw gaps for areas of support and decided that I needed to continue with Harry’s great work and ensure other families had the support they needed. Therefore, in 2012, I established HelpHarryHelpOthers, a unique local cancer charity servicing those affected by cancer. Then in 2015 we also opened the Birmingham drop In Cancer Support centre which,  in a ‘home from home’ environment offers every inch of support outside of treatment from under one roof.

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Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.