Hooray, it’s Fairtrade Fortnight!

Fairtrade Fortnight logoFairtrade Fortnight runs from 23rd February to 8th March this year. So what can you do to help people choose products that change lives? How about a Fairtrade bake-off at work or school, Fairtrade chocolate tasting or a Fairtrade coffee morning? Have a look at the Fairtrade Foundation’s website to see inspiring stories of how Fairtrade makes a difference and for ideas of how you can celebrate. And let us know if you want an event publicising here!

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Stamp out Leprosy this Christmas

Leprosy is widely believed to be the world’s oldest disease and certainly one of the most stigmatised.  The World Health Organisation reports there are around a quarter of a million news cases of leprosy diagnosed globally every year and it is still endemic in 30 countries around the world.

Each year The Leprosy Mission collects used stamps to sell to collectors, with the money raised going towards healthcare and education about the disease, which typically hits the poorest people in society living without good sanitation or nutrition.

The One World Centre is once again organising the collection of stamps on the Island over Christmas time on behalf of The Leprosy Mission and the following school and churches have kindly offered to act as collection points:

Schools: Arbory, Ashley Hill, Ballasalla, Ballaugh, Bunscoill, Cronk y Berry, Marown, Onchan, St Johns, Scoill yn Jubilee, Willaston, Ballakermeen, QEII, St Ninians.

Churches: Ballasalla, St Matthews (Douglas), The Cathedral (Peel), Trinity Methodist (Douglas)

You can also send used stamps direct to the One World Centre, Thie Garey Ny Cloie, Foxdale Road, St Johns, Isle of Man IM4 3AS.

The stamps should be cut neatly with at least a 5mm edge around them and they will be collected to send on to The Leprosy Mission at the end of January 2015.  Thank you!

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New Intern at the One World Centre

We were delighted to receive a phone call from a Cambridge graduate asking whether there was a possibility of volunteering with us.  David Wildman, a graduate in Chinese Studies, wanted to gain experience of the third sector.  Through his Chinese studies he had developed an interest in the developing world and was keen to see how a small charity operates.

Over the last few weeks he has been busy helping us work through several projects on our ever-growing to do list.  The terms and conditions for the new website we are going to launch in the spring were waiting attention and he has been through them for us.  He has looked at the draft constitutions for two would-be Manx charities and accompanied Rosemary on some of her appointments.

We look forward to his input to this website and other aspects of our work and trust that the experience he is gaining will equip him to find the job of his dreams.

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Vote for our Lav-a-tree!

Following our Toilet Twinning theme in One World Week, we decided to use our entry to the Save the Children Christmas Tree exhibition at the airport to continue to encourage people to twin their toilets. It is a scandal that 40% of the world’s population having nowhere private to go to the loo, and that women are vulnerable particularly at night when they use open land.

For just £60 you can twin your toilet with one in a developing country. You receive a framed picture of your twin, and the money goes to build another one.

We had fun using toilet brushes, and are grateful to Cu Plas for the loan of the toilet which acts as the tub for the tree.

Perhaps you’d like to give a toilet twin as a Christmas present? The details you need are here

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Palestine – talk by Phil Craine

Earlier in the year our Chair, Phil Craine, spent three months living in East Jerusalem as a human rights monitor. If you would like to learn more about the situation there, please join us at Nobles Park Pavilion this Saturday, 29th November, at 19:30. Questions welcome!

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Fantastic Response to Ebola Appeal!

Not only did we raise £6,300, but the Manx Government have agreed to send £100,000 from their emergency funding pot to help with the Ebola outbreak.

Thank you to all who collected in Douglas, Peel, Port Erin and Ramsey – and to those who co-ordinated others.

I hope it will be a long time before we need to call on your help for the next DEC Appeal. If you live in Castletown or know of anyone who could help there, please let me know.

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Sponsored Expedition Place

Calling all adventurous Manx young people who will be between 18 and 24 (inclusive) in July 2015!

Are you interested in other cultures? Would you like to help children in Africa or South America?

The Karsons Family Foundation would like to sponsor one Manx young person to work with children in Rwanda, Malawi or Peru during the summer of 2015.

To have an opportunity to access this life-changing and enriching experience – and improve your further education and career prospects, tell us, in no more than 1,000 words:

  • Why you should be the successful candidate
  • Which project you would like to be part of and why
  • How you expect this opportunity to fit in with your plans for work or further study
  • What experience or knowledge you have of other cultures
  • Some practical examples of what you have done to help others
  • How you plan to raise £500 towards the cost

Applications should be e-mailed to info@owciom.org by 17:00 on Friday 9th January

Short listed candidates will be asked to complete a medical form before interviews which will be held on Friday 6th February

The trip is organised by Quest Overseas and you can find out more about the different projects here


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Can you help? DEC Ebola appeal

This weekend there will be collections around the Island for the Ebola crisis. We will be in Castletown, Douglas, Peel, Port Erin and Ramsey on Saturday 15th November; in Douglas and Port Erin on Friday 14th and in Port Erin on Sunday 16th.

If you are free to help with the collection, please contact us.  We will welcome your donations too – a real encouragement to our collectors.

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Fairtrade Award – Outstanding Project

Phil Gawne and Rosemary Clarke were invited to the Fairtrade Foundation’s 20th Birthday Reception at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.  The reason? The Isle of Man’s Fairtrade Group had been awarded the Outstanding Project in the twenty years of the Fairtrade Foundation’s existence!

This more formal picture shows Allegra McEvedy (cookery author and broacaster) and Michael Gidney (Chief Executive at the Fairtrade Foundation) with Phil and Rosemary and the award.  The Fairtrade symbol is crafted out of Fairtrade silver.

The award was given for the Primary Fairtrade Conferences organised by the Fairtrade Group.  The judges were impressed by:

  • the detailed planning and execution
  • the involvement of Government (the conferences take place in the Government Buildings in Douglas with the children using the main chamber for their own debates; Clare Christian, President of Tynwald, welcomed the delegates and assisted with the debates).
  • the involvement of the Department for Education and Children (an adviser led Philosophy 4 Children workshops)
  • the number of schools involved (17 – half of all primary schools on the Island)
  • the support of businesses (the local Fairtrade shop, Shakti Man, provided the key note speaker; the Manx Co-operative supported the conference with lunch and snacks)
  • the structure of the conference which included the opportunity for schools to plan their own activities for Fairtrade Fortnight
  • a range of clear outcomes (one school provided Thought for the Day for the five weekdays of the first week of Fairtrade Fortnight; another developed a Fairtrade assembly to share with a neighbouring schools which had not attended the conference – and which did come the following year; a range of activities during Fairtrade Fortnight.
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United Nations Day Address

Concerned about Climate Change?  Interested in up-to-date scientific evidence?  Professor Brian Matthews will be talking on: Real climate change is in the top layer of the oceans, and growing exponentially tomorrow, Friday, 1830 at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre in Douglas.

Professor Matthews is a life member of the American Geophysical Union – Oceanography and Meteorology, and also of the Council for Innovative Research.  He is the former chair SCOR/IAPSO/ECOR/UNESCO Coastal and Estuarine Regimes Group.

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